Nueva Ecija
Overview
 
Nueva Ecija is a landlocked province of the Philippines
Philippines
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 located in the Central Luzon
Central Luzon
Central Luzon , also known as Region III , is an administrative division or region of the Republic of the Philippines, primarily serve to organize the 7 provinces of the vast central plain of the island of Luzon , for administrative convenience...

 region. Its capital is Palayan City
Palayan City
The City of Palayan is a 5th class city in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. It is the capital city of Nueva Ecija...

. Nueva Ecija borders, from the south clockwise, Bulacan
Bulacan
Bulacan , officially called the Province of Bulacan or simply Bulacan Province, is a first class province of the Republic of the Philippines located in the Central Luzon Region in the island of Luzon, north of Manila , and part of the Metro...

, Pampanga
Pampanga
Pampanga is a province of the Philippines located in the Central Luzon region. Its capital is the City of San Fernando, Pampanga. Pampanga is bordered by the provinces of Bataan and Zambales to the west, Tarlac and Nueva Ecija to the north, and Bulacan to the southeast...

, Tarlac
Tarlac
Tarlac is a landlocked province of the Philippines located in the Luzon Island. Its capital is Tarlac City. Tarlac borders Pampanga to the south, Nueva Ecija to the east, Pangasinan to the north, and Zambales to the west...

, Pangasinan
Pangasinan
Pangasinan is a province of the Republic of the Philippines. The provincial capital is Lingayen. Pangasinan is located on the west central and peripheral area of the island of Luzon along the Lingayen Gulf, with the total land area being 5,368.82 square kilometers . According to the latest census,...

, Nueva Vizcaya
Nueva Vizcaya
Nueva Vizcaya is a province of the Philippines located in the Cagayan Valley region in Luzon. Its capital is Bayombong. It is bordered by, clockwise from the north, Ifugao, Isabela, Quirino, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, and Benguet.-History, people and culture:The name was derived from the...

, and Aurora.
Nueva Ecija was created as a military comandancia in 1777 by Governor General Clavería, with the capital, Josean at Baler
Baler, Aurora
Baler is a 4th class municipality in the province of Aurora, Philippines. It is the provincial capital of Aurora. According to the latest census, it has a population of 34,492 people and 5.955 members per household....

 (now part of Aurora). It was formerly part of the province of Pampanga
Pampanga
Pampanga is a province of the Philippines located in the Central Luzon region. Its capital is the City of San Fernando, Pampanga. Pampanga is bordered by the provinces of Bataan and Zambales to the west, Tarlac and Nueva Ecija to the north, and Bulacan to the southeast...

. From its humble beginning, its land area grew to cover almost the entire island of Luzon
Luzon
Luzon is the largest island in the Philippines. It is located in the northernmost region of the archipelago, and is also the name for one of the three primary island groups in the country centered on the Island of Luzon...

.
Encyclopedia
Nueva Ecija is a landlocked province of the Philippines
Philippines
The Philippines , officially known as the Republic of the Philippines , is a country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. To its north across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan. West across the South China Sea sits Vietnam...

 located in the Central Luzon
Central Luzon
Central Luzon , also known as Region III , is an administrative division or region of the Republic of the Philippines, primarily serve to organize the 7 provinces of the vast central plain of the island of Luzon , for administrative convenience...

 region. Its capital is Palayan City
Palayan City
The City of Palayan is a 5th class city in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. It is the capital city of Nueva Ecija...

. Nueva Ecija borders, from the south clockwise, Bulacan
Bulacan
Bulacan , officially called the Province of Bulacan or simply Bulacan Province, is a first class province of the Republic of the Philippines located in the Central Luzon Region in the island of Luzon, north of Manila , and part of the Metro...

, Pampanga
Pampanga
Pampanga is a province of the Philippines located in the Central Luzon region. Its capital is the City of San Fernando, Pampanga. Pampanga is bordered by the provinces of Bataan and Zambales to the west, Tarlac and Nueva Ecija to the north, and Bulacan to the southeast...

, Tarlac
Tarlac
Tarlac is a landlocked province of the Philippines located in the Luzon Island. Its capital is Tarlac City. Tarlac borders Pampanga to the south, Nueva Ecija to the east, Pangasinan to the north, and Zambales to the west...

, Pangasinan
Pangasinan
Pangasinan is a province of the Republic of the Philippines. The provincial capital is Lingayen. Pangasinan is located on the west central and peripheral area of the island of Luzon along the Lingayen Gulf, with the total land area being 5,368.82 square kilometers . According to the latest census,...

, Nueva Vizcaya
Nueva Vizcaya
Nueva Vizcaya is a province of the Philippines located in the Cagayan Valley region in Luzon. Its capital is Bayombong. It is bordered by, clockwise from the north, Ifugao, Isabela, Quirino, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, and Benguet.-History, people and culture:The name was derived from the...

, and Aurora.

History

Nueva Ecija was created as a military comandancia in 1777 by Governor General Clavería, with the capital, Josean at Baler
Baler, Aurora
Baler is a 4th class municipality in the province of Aurora, Philippines. It is the provincial capital of Aurora. According to the latest census, it has a population of 34,492 people and 5.955 members per household....

 (now part of Aurora). It was formerly part of the province of Pampanga
Pampanga
Pampanga is a province of the Philippines located in the Central Luzon region. Its capital is the City of San Fernando, Pampanga. Pampanga is bordered by the provinces of Bataan and Zambales to the west, Tarlac and Nueva Ecija to the north, and Bulacan to the southeast...

. From its humble beginning, its land area grew to cover almost the entire island of Luzon
Luzon
Luzon is the largest island in the Philippines. It is located in the northernmost region of the archipelago, and is also the name for one of the three primary island groups in the country centered on the Island of Luzon...

. Spanish Records in the Philippines recognizes 2 Spanish countries in the Pacific-- Las Islas Filipinas and Nueva Écija. Poverty was the only reason why Nueva Ecija was not given recognition as a separate country from the Philippines by the King of Spain in 1840s. From 1777 to 1917, Nueva Ecija's territory was however subdivided to give way to the creation of other provinces. The Province of Tayabas (now Aurora
Aurora province
Aurora is a province of the Philippines located in the Central Luzon region. Its capital is Baler and borders, clockwise from the south, the provinces of Quezon, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, and Isabela. To the east of Aurora is the Philippine Sea.Before 1979, Aurora was part of...

 and Quezon
Quezon
-History:Originally, what now forms Quezon was divided among the provinces of Batangas, Laguna, and Nueva Ecija. The area was first explored by Juan de Salcedo in 1571-1572, during his expedition from Laguna to Camarines provinces....

) including Polillo Islands, the provinces of Palanan (now Isabela), Cagayan
Cagayan
Cagayan , the "Land of Smiling Beauty", is a province of the Philippines in the Cagayan Valley region in Luzon. Its capital is Tuguegarao City and is located at the northeastern corner of the island of Luzon. Cagayan also includes the Babuyan Islands to the north. The province borders Ilocos Norte...

, the province of Nueva Vizcaya
Nueva Vizcaya
Nueva Vizcaya is a province of the Philippines located in the Cagayan Valley region in Luzon. Its capital is Bayombong. It is bordered by, clockwise from the north, Ifugao, Isabela, Quirino, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, and Benguet.-History, people and culture:The name was derived from the...

, the territory which became part of the Province of Quirino
Quirino
Quirino is a province of the Philippines located in the Cagayan Valley region in Luzon. Its capital is Cabarroguis and was named after Elpidio Quirino, the sixth President of the Philippines. The province borders Aurora to the southeast, Nueva Vizcaya to the west, and Isabela to the north...

, and the province of Manila north of the province of Tondo
Tondo, Manila
Tondo is a district of Manila, Philippines. The locale has existed prior to the arrival of the Spanish, referred to as "Tundun" in the Laguna Copperplate Inscription. One of the most densely populated areas of land in the world, Tondo is located in the northwest portion of the city and is primarily...

 in 1867, and the District of Morong (now Rizal
Rizal
Rizal is a province located in the CALABARZON , just 16 kilometers east of Manila. The province was named after the country's national hero, José Rizal. Rizal Governor Casimiro A. Ynares III on June 17, 2008 announced the transfer of the Capitol from Pasig. Its P 270-million capitol building,...

) were among those created out of Nueva Ecija.

During World War II
World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...

 the Imperial Japanese Army entered the province and Nueva Ecija was taken in 1942. On March 29, 1942, under the leadership of Luis Taruc
Luis Taruc
Luis Taruc was a Filipino political figure and communist insurgent. He was the leader of the Hukbalahap rebel group between 1942 and 1954. His involvement with the movement came after his initiation to the problems of agrarian Filipinos when he was a student in the early 1930s...

 the Hukbalahap
Hukbalahap
The Hukbalahap , was the military arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines , formed in 1942 to fight the Japanese Empire's occupation of the Philippines during World War II. It fought a second war from 1946 to 1954 against the pro-Western leaders of their newly independent country...

 (Hukbo ng Bayan Laban sa Hapon-People's Army Against the Japanese) was organized in Sitio Bawit, Barrio San Julian in the town of Cabiao. It was perceived to be the military arm of the Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas (Communist Party of the Philippines
Communist Party of the Philippines
The Communist Party of the Philippines is a leading communist party in the Philippines. It remains an underground political organization since its founding on December 26, 1968 and has been operating in clandestine manner since its founding...

), that brought about the beginning of the early organized resistance of the Filipino people.

During World War II under the Japanese Occupation, The Philippine Commonwealth Army has the re-establishment of the Military General Headquarters, Military Bases and Camps here in the province of Nueva Ecija on 1942 to 1946 before the engagements of the Anti-Japanese Imperial Military Operations in Central Luzon include Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Bulacan and Northern Tayabas (now. Aurora) from 1942 to 1945 and aided the local recognized guerrillas and the Hukbalahap Communist guerrillas against the Japanese Imperial forces since the Japanese Counter-Insurgencies (1942-1944) and the Allied Liberation (1944-1945).

In January to August 1945, combined American and Filipino soldiers liberated Nueva Ecija with the recognized guerrillas continuing to harass the Japanese at every opportunity. When Filipino soldiers of the 2nd, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 25th and 26th Infantry Division of the Philippine Commonwealth Army and the 2nd Infantry Regiment of the Philippine Constabulary was re-invading launches to entering liberated the province of Nueva Ecija and helping recognized guerrilla resistance fighter units, the Hukbalahap Communist guerrillas and the American troops against the Japanese Imperial forces during the Invasion of Nueva Ecija. On January 30, 1945 American Army Rangers
United States Army Rangers
United States Army Rangers are elite members of the United States Army. Rangers have served in recognized U.S. Army Ranger units or have graduated from the U.S. Army's Ranger School...

, Alamo scouts
Alamo scouts
The Alamo Scouts was a reconnaissance unit of the Sixth United States Army in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II...

 and Filipino guerrillas conducted a raid to liberate Allied civilians and prisoners of war in Cabanatuan
Raid at Cabanatuan
The Raid at Cabanatuan was a rescue of Allied prisoners of war and civilians from a Japanese camp near Cabanatuan City, in the Philippines...

, this was successful with over 516 rescued. By January 31, 1945, the liberated civilians and POWs reached Talavera
Talavera, Nueva Ecija
Talavera is a 1st class municipality in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 105,122 people in 19,526 households....

, the rescue is commemorated in Talavera
Talavera, Nueva Ecija
Talavera is a 1st class municipality in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 105,122 people in 19,526 households....

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The province was named after the old city of Écija
Écija
Écija is a city belonging to the province of Seville, Spain. It is located in the Andalusian countryside, 85 km east of the city of Seville. According to the 2008 census, Écija has a total population of 40,100 inhabitants, ranking as the fifth most populous city in the province...

 in Seville
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, Spain
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In 1896, Nueva Ecija became one of the first provinces to revolt against Spanish rule, and one of the provinces which declared its independence in 1898.

Economy

Nueva Ecija is considered the main rice growing province of the Philippines and the leading producer of onions in the Municipality of Bongabon in South East Asia. It is currently the 9th richest province in the country.

Major Industries

Nueva Ecija is one of the top producers of agricultural products in the country. Its principal crops is mainly rice but corn and onion are also produced in quantity. The province is often referred to as the “Rice Granary of the Philippines.” Other major crops are onion, mango, calamansi (calamondin orange), banana, garlic, and vegetables. The town of Bongabon at the eastern part of the province at the foot of the Sierra Madre mountains and its neighbouring Laur and Rizal are the major producers of onion and garlic. Bongabon is called the "onion capital of the country".

Education is very well established as a major industry in the province. The leading educational institutions are the Central Luzon State University in Munoz and Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology; Wesleyan University-Philippines, the only internationally-accredited school in Central Luzon; College of the Immaculate Conception; La Fortuna College and Araullo University in Cabanatuan. There are 18 tertiary level institutions in Cabanatuan City alone.

Health services is also a notable industry and a number of hospitals cater to patients from within Nueva Ecija and some coming from neighbouring provinces. There are also a number of schools of nursing and midwifery, mostly in Cabanatuan.

There are poultry farms in a number of towns, most notably, the Lorenzo poultry farms in San Isidro which is one of the largest in the country. Duck raising and egg production is also an important livelihood. Fishponds are unevenly distributed throughout the province but the largest concentrations are in San Antonio, Santa Rosa, and Cuyapo.

Fabrication of tricycle "sidecars" is widespread in the province, notably in Santa Rosa, where prices are as low as PhP 7,000 which is practically the cheapest in the country.

Several areas have mineral deposits. Copper and manganese have been found in General Tinio, Carranglan, and Pantabangan. The upper reaches of Carranglan and Palayan City are said to contain gold.

In June 2008, it has also received the title: "Milk Capital of the Philippines" due to the reason that Nueva Ecija gathers more milk from both cows and carabaos or water buffaloes than any other place in the Philippines. The Philippine Carabao Center is located in CLSU compound in Munoz City.

Current Government Officials

Governor: Aurelio M.Umali

Vice Governor: Jose Gay "GP" G. Padiernos

Congressional Representatives

1st District: Josefina Joson

2nd District: Joseph Violago

3rd District: Czarina D. Umali

4th District: Rodolfo W. Antonino

Physical

The province is the largest in Central Luzon. Its terrain begins with the southwestern marshes near the Pampanga border. It levels off and then gradually increases in elevation to rolling hills as it approaches the mountains of Sierra Madre in the east, and the Caraballo and Cordillera ranges in the north.

Political

The governor as of 2010 is Aurelio Oyie Matias Umali , who assumed his governatorial duties after winning the 2010 election
Philippine general election, 2010
Elections for all positions in the Philippines above the barangay were held on Monday, May 10, 2010. The elected president will become the 15th President of the Philippines, succeeding President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who is barred from seeking re-election due to term restrictions...

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The province is divided into four congressional districts which consists of 27 municipalities and 5 cities
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Cities

  • Cabanatuan City
    Cabanatuan City
    The City of Cabanatuan is a first class, urban city in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. It is considered the commercial, industrial and educational hub of the province. According to the latest census, it has a population of 259,267 people in 45,424 households which makes it the largest...

  • Gapan City
    Gapan City
    Gapan City is a 4th class city in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. Gapan is nicknamed the "Footwear Capital of the North", and it is an inseparable part of the Rice Granary of the Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 98,795 people in 18,200 households...

  • Palayan City
    Palayan City
    The City of Palayan is a 5th class city in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. It is the capital city of Nueva Ecija...

  • San Jose City
    San Jose City, Nueva Ecija
    San Jose City is a 2nd class city in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. It is the northernmost city of the province. According to the latest Philippine census, it has a population of 122,353 people in 23,191 households....

    (website)
  • Science City of Muñoz
    Science City of Muñoz
    Science City of Muñoz is a city in Central Luzon, Philippines, situated north of the capital Manila. Due to its rich topography and tropical climate, it is now home to agricultural research and technology centers, committed to the production of information and technological breakthroughs to...

    (website)

Municipalities


  • Aliaga
    Aliaga, Nueva Ecija
    Aliaga is a 1st class municipality in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines, Formerly it was called Pulung Bibit and Maynilang Munti . The First mayor is Aneceto Pere...

  • Bongabon
    Bongabon, Nueva Ecija
    Bongabon is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 73,639 people in 10,184 households in 28,352.90 hectares land area. It is the leading producer of onion in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia.Each barangay in...

  • Cabiao
    Cabiao, Nueva Ecija
    Cabiao is a 1st class municipality in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 68,382 people in 11,655 households....

  • Carranglan
    Carranglan, Nueva Ecija
    Carranglan is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 33,233 people in 6,603 households. It is the largest municipality in terms of land area.-Barangays:...

  • Cuyapo
    Cuyapo, Nueva Ecija
    Cuyapo is a 1st class municipality in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 55,456 people in 11,337 households.-Barangays:Cuyapo is politically subdivided into 52 barangays.* Baloy* Bambanaba...

  • Gabaldon
    Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija
    Gabaldon is a 4th class municipality in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 29,619 people in 6,038 households....

     (Bitulok & Sabani)
  • General Mamerto Natividad
    General Mamerto Natividad, Nueva Ecija
    General Mamerto Natividad is a 4th class municipality in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 33,354 people in 5,663 households.-History:...

  • Guimba
  • General Tinio
    General Tinio, Nueva Ecija
    General Tinio is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 38,640 people in 6,878 households....

  • Jaén
    Jaen, Nueva Ecija
    Jaen is a 1st class municipality in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 63,474 people in 11,472 households.-Barangays:Jaen is politically subdivided into 27 barangays.* Calabasa...

  • Laur
    Laur, Nueva Ecija
    Laur is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 30,997 people in 5,500 households...

  • Licab
    Licab, Nueva Ecija
    Licab is a 4th class municipality in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 23,675 people in 4,331 households.About one hundred fifty five kilometers from Metro Manila...

     (website)
  • Llanera
    Llanera, Nueva Ecija
    Llanera is a 4th class municipality in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 33,493 people in 6,361 households....

  • Lupao
    Lupao, Nueva Ecija
    In 1945, the combined U.S. and Philippine Commonwealth military ground troops was liberated and re-invasion the towns at Lupao and defeats Japanese Imperial forces started the Battle of Lupao and ended World War II.-Founder / First President:...


  • Nampicuan
    Nampicuan, Nueva Ecija
    Nampicuan is a 5th class municipality in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 11,786 people in 2,227 households.-History:...

  • Pantabangan
    Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija
    Pantabangan is a 4th class municipality in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 25,520 people in 4,808 households. This is the site of the Pantabangan dam.-History:...

  • Peñaranda
    Peñaranda, Nueva Ecija
    Peñaranda is a 4th class municipality in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 26,725 people in 4,940 households....

  • Quezon
    Quezon, Nueva Ecija
    Quezon is a 4th class municipality in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 33,988 people in 6,389 households.-Barangays:Quezon is politically subdivided into 16 barangays.-External links:**...

     (Dulong Bayan, Brgy. I & Brgy.II)
  • Rizal
    Rizal, Nueva Ecija
    Rizal is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 52,465 people in 10,001 households....

  • San Antonio
    San Antonio, Nueva Ecija
    San Antonio is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. According to the latest Philippine census, it has a population of 67,446 people in 12,761 households. San Antonio was previously called as the town of Delinquente, it was called as such due to the rebels plying in...

  • San Isidro
    San Isidro, Nueva Ecija
    San Isidro is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. According to the latest Philippine census, it has a population of 44,687 people in 8,340 households....

  • San Leonardo
    San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija
    San Leonardo is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 54,596 people in 10,068 households....

  • Santa Rosa
    Santa Rosa, Nueva Ecija
    Santa Rosa is a 1st class municipality in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 58,762 people in 10,281 households....

  • Santo Domingo
    Santo Domingo, Nueva Ecija
    Santo Domingo is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 47,960 people in 9,532 households....

      (Konsehal Jayson Sagnip, Zone 1 San Fabian, Future Brgy. Captain)
  • Talavera
    Talavera, Nueva Ecija
    Talavera is a 1st class municipality in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 105,122 people in 19,526 households....

  • Talugtug
    Talugtug, Nueva Ecija
    Talugtug is a 4th class municipality in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 20,671 people in 4,168 households.-Barangays:Talugtug is politically subdivided into 28 barangays.-External links:...

  • Zaragoza
    Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija
    Zaragoza is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines. According to the latest Philippine census, it has a population of 40,355 people in 7,599 households...



Tourist attractions

Nueva Ecija is the largest province and the biggest rice producer of Central Luzon and the Philippines, thus, often referred to as the “Rice Bowl of the Philippines.”

Historical

Gapan

The first Augustinian mission in lowland Nueva Ecija was founded in Gapan in 1595. It is home to a Roman Catholic church of Byzantine architecture built from 1856 to 1872.

Historic Barrio Labi (Bongabon)

The resthouse of the Quezon family is located in this barrio, along the National Highway going to Baler Aurora. It is also the place of death of Mrs. Aurora Quezon, wife of former Philippine President Manuel Luis Quezon.

Tabacalera of San Isidro

Centuries-old brick walls of the Tabacalera in San Isidro remain as witness to the Novo Ecijanos’ 100-year oppression, from 1782 to 1882, when the province became the center of the tobacco monopoly in Central Luzon and was thus restricted from raising other crops.

Gen Luna Statue and Marker (Cabanatuan City)

A statue of Philippine hero General Antonio Luna astride a horse stands at the plaza in front of the cathedral on the exact spot where the brave general was assassinated in 1899 in the city that adopted him subsequently.

Apolinario Mabini Marker (Cuyapo)

Site of the arrest of Philippine hero Apolinario Mabini, known as “the sublime paralytic,” by the Americans on December 10, 1899.

Trial House

Owned by revolutionary leader and Novo Ecijano General Manuel Tinio. Built during the early Commonwealth period, it features ornately designed turn-of-the-century furniture and a life-size figure of esteemed Nove Ecijano Don Kapitan Berong in stained glass.

Sedeco of San Isidro

The Grand Sedeco house in San Isidro, which General Emilio Aguinaldo frequented, marks this gallant town that has proven time and again to be cradle of Filipino heroes. It was here that General Frederick Funston planned the capture of Aguinaldo, first President of the Philippine republic, during the Philippine-American war.

Wright Institute of San Isidro

One of the first high schools established outside Metro Manila during the American period.

Dalton Pass

Located in Capintalan, Carranglan, the five-hectare area blessed with a cool climate houses the monument of General Dalton and a tower that borders the provinces of Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya. Uphill is a World War II memorial in black marble where a historical account of the war had been etched in English and Japanese.

Camp Pangatian (Cabanatuan City)

Began as a military training camp for twenty years until converted into a concentration camp for allied prisoners of war during the Japanese occupation. A popular tourist destination among war veterans by way of the WWII Veteran’s Homecoming Program.




Cultural


Churches of Nampicuan, Carranglan, and Pantabangan

Church ruins of identical Augustinian architecture can still be found in the three upland missions.




Natural


Minalungao Park

Declared as a national park, it features a breathtaking view of the narrow but deep Penaranda River. On both sides of the river bank are 16 meter high limestone walls. The ridge formation of white sculptured limestone walls shows the might of the great river.

General Luna Fall (Rizal)

The easternmost barrio of Rizal nestled uphill on the foot of the Sierra Madre mountain range boasts of one of Central Luzon’s hidden treasures: a towering waterfall of more than a hundred feet descending widely across a rocky mountain wall into over twenty pools of varying levels and depths.

Mt. Olivete (Bongabon)

A hundred-step stair leads to the church built by the Adarnista spiritual community on the mountaintop. Frequented by pilgrims who bathe in and drink the water of its springs believing it to be medicinal.

Gapintalan (Carranglan)

Maintained by the Kalanguya tribal community from Ifugao, its rivers and low-lying hill are ideal for hiking and communing with nature. A gateway to the Cagayan Valley, it was a strategic location during WWII’s liberation period. Tunnels, war artifacts, and stories of gold digging abound in the area.

Palaspas Falls

Located in San Jose City, it is ideal for picnics and bathing especially during summer.

Gabaldon Falls

The lure of Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija. The ten-feet falls are surrounded by huge rock formations and rippling ice-cold water. Located within the 200-hectare Sabani Estate Agricultural College.




Religious


Church of Penaranda (Nueva Ecija) – The church of Penaranda was erected in 1869 by Fr. Florentino Samonte. Construction was continued by Fr. Candicho San Miguel from 1879–1881 and by Fr. Santos Vega from 1887-1889. From 1889 to 1891, the parochial house of bricks and wood was built by Fr. Valentin Gatode la Fuente. Fr. Alvaro Callega built the original church with thatch-roof and stone walls




Man-Made


Diamond Park (San Jose)

Strategically located at the gateway to the Cagayan Valley, it is a haven for picnics and sightseeing. Its hundred-step stair leads to lamp-lit pagodas nestled on hilltops and offering a panoramic view of northern Nueva Ecija.

Pantabangan Dam

Built in 1974 along the Pampanga River to serve as reinforcement against flood, and provide irrigation, additional electricity in the entire Luzon island, the dam was built by Filipino engineers under the supervision of the National Irrigation Administration. Pantabangan Dam is now one of the most visited tourist spots in the province. The place offers a scenic view of the surrounding area. Tourists will also appreciate the dam's engineering wonders.

Philrice

The Philippine Rice Research Institute, located at Maligaya, Muñoz, Nueva Ecija, is the central station of agricultural experimentation, it is the only one of its kind throughout the country. It was created to develop and implement a natural rice research and development program, sustain the grains made in rice production and solve location-specific problems of the rice industry. A variety of rice wine is produced at the center.

Central Luzon State University (CLSU)

Located in the outskirts of the Science City of Muñoz
Science City of Muñoz
Science City of Muñoz is a city in Central Luzon, Philippines, situated north of the capital Manila. Due to its rich topography and tropical climate, it is now home to agricultural research and technology centers, committed to the production of information and technological breakthroughs to...

, Nueva Ecija, the 658-hectare main campus of CLSU is famous for its old shady trees, model farm, vegetable and ornamental plant gardens. Nueva Ecija has been referred to as the “Agricultural Central of Luzon.”

Agricultural Museum (CLSU)

A socio-cultural arm for information in Central Luzon, it is the first and the only one of its kind in the country. The materials on display are preserved and maintained to promote the cultural heritage of Filipinos in Central Luzon. The museum has six sections: rice and vegetable planting implements; household ingredients utensils; personal apparel; hunting and fishing implements.

Living Fish Museum (CLSU)

Showcases indigenous and tropical freshwater fishes collected form different provinces in Luzon.

Rubber Dam

Llanera, Nueva Ecija - Asia's first and only rubber dam




Festivals

Taong Putik Festival of Aliaga

At the crack of dawn, scores of mud-covered, barely dressed devotees make their appearance, asking for alms and candles form the wide awake town folks. This practice mimics a biblical myth about St. John the Baptist, who was said to have done the same thing in his lifetime. A special mass culminates the occasion, reinforcing its spiritual nature to the people of Aliaga.

Holy Week Rituals of Puncan

The unique Holy Week rites of Puncan, one of the oldest towns in Nueva Ecija, are woven in folklore. Aside from the differing dialect, Pangasinense, widely used in Puncan, its distinct Lenten rituals include a hide-and-seek routine between the “Flagellante” and “Hudyo,” a children’s parade, and a choreographed version of Christian penitential rites in which participants with charcoal-smeared faces beat bamboos.




Special Interest


Farm Tours

Tour of agri-based institutions of Muñoz in Nueva Ecija, including a farming technology tour at the Central Luzon State University and plant tour of the Philippine Rice Research Institute (Philrice) and Philippine Carabao Center.

Gross Ostrich Farm

San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija - Located in Brgy. Tagumpay, San Leonardo, Gross Ostrich Farm grows, breeds and propagates imported ostriches both for human consumption and for tourism such as sale of decorative eggs, leather wallets, colorful feathers and other by-products. Ostriches reach a height of about 7 – 8 feet, weighs 110 – 130 kg, runs at a speed of 60 km/h, has a lifespan of 50 – 80 years and a breeding life of 20 – 25 years. Tha farm produces fillet meat at P600/kl, steak at P500/kl and stir fry at P400/kl. On-site farm visits to view the "big birds" in their natural habitat are organized for students and professionals alike.

CLSU Concrete Tank Culture for Tilapia

Munoz, Nueva Ecija - This one-of-a-kind breeding farm showcases intensive culture of tilapia in concrete circular tanks, with provisions for continuous water exchange and aeration. Each tank is stocked with 6,000 tilapia fingerlings. Estimated output is 1,000 kg. of table-size fish after four months of culture.

Philippine Carabao Center


(Munoz, Nueva Ecija) The Philippine Carabao Center was created in 1993 as an offshoot of the Carabao Development Program, through Republic Act 7307. It is an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture, mandated to "conserve, propagate and promote the carabao as a source of draft animal power, meat, milk and hide, to benefit the rural farmers." Services at the center include: artificial insemination, bull loan, production of quality breeding animals and germplasm, technical assistance and training and carabao-based enterprise development. The center breeds and cross-breeds, through artificial insemination, animals called Murrah Buffaloes, a species of the dairy type from India, Bulgaria and some countries like North and Latin America. This type can produce an average of eight liters of milk daily in 300 days. Top-performing ones can produce 12 - 15 liters per day.

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Notable Personalities in Nueva Ecija

Admiral Ramon C Liwag PCG born in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija is the 23rd Commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard. At the same time, he is occupying the following vital positions in the organization namely: as Chairman, Board of Marine Inquiry (BMI); Chairman, Board of Senior Officer (BOSO); Chairman, Grievance Committee; during the recently conducted 5th annual meeting of the ReCAAP-ISC Governing Council held in Singapore last 1-3 March 2011, He was unanimously elected as the new Chairperson of the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ship in Asia (ReCAAP).

Heber Gonzalez Bartolome (born on November 4, 1948) is a Filipino folk and folk rock singer, songwriter, composer, poet, guitarist, bandurria player, bluesman, and painter. His music was influenced by the “stylistic tradition” of Philippine folk and religious melodies.

Ponciano Bernardo
Ponciano Bernardo
Ponciano A. Bernardo was a Filipino engineer and politician who served as mayor of Quezon City, holding the position from 1947 until his death in 1949. It was during his tenure that Quezon City was designated as the capital city of the Philippines - List of mayors of Quezon City.-Profile:Ponciano...

(December 2, 1905 – April 28, 1949) was a Filipino engineer and politician who served as mayor of Quezon City, holding the position from 1947 until his death in 1949. It was during his tenure that Quezon City was designated as the capital city of the Philippines.

Dorothy Acueza Jones, (January 6, 1936 – November 7, 2001) popularly known by her stage name Nida Blanca, was a Filipina actress. She starred in over 163 movies and 14 television shows and received over 16 awards for movies and six awards for television during her 50-year film career. She was named one of 15 Best Actress of all Time by YES magazine.

Rhiza Ann Cenon Simbulan, better known by her screen name Ryza Cenon
Ryza Cenon
Rhiza Ann Cenon Simbulan , better known by her screen name Ryza Cenon, is a Filipina actress.-Television shows:-Movies:-References:...

 (born on December 21, 1987 in Gapan City, Nueva Ecija), is a Filipina actress.

Jaime de los Santos
Jaime de los Santos
Jaime de los Santos is a retired military general in the Philippines. He joined the Philippine Army in 1969 after graduating from the Philippine Military Academy with a degree Bachelor of Science in Military Engineering...

(born April 1946, Nueva Écija, Philippines) is a retired military general in the Philippines. He joined the Philippine Army in 1969 after graduating from the Philippine Military Academy with a degree Bachelor of Science in Military Engineering. De los Santos later on served as a Brigade Commander, Chief of Staff and Commanding General of an Infantry Division and Superintendent of the Philippine Military Academy.

Damiana L. Eugenio is a Filipino female author and professor who is known as the Mother of Philippine Folklore, a title she received in 1986. Apart from teaching at the University of the Philippines, she has several publications in the field of Philippine folklore, among them is a series of seven books which she compiled and edited.[1][2]

Frankie Evangelista
Frankie Evangelista
Frankie Evangelista , was a radio and television broadcaster of ABS-CBN since 1953.-Early life:He was born Francisco Fermin Evangelista on July 24, 1934 in Nueva Ecija. He started out as a DJ and was known to be a credible newscaster. He had a distinguished career in radio and his live coverage of...

(July 24, 1934 - February 18, 2004), was a radio and television broadcaster of ABS-CBN since 1953.

Josepina "Josie" Padiermos Fitial (born November 25, 1962) is the current First Lady of the Northern Mariana Islands and the wife of Governor Benigno Fitial. She became First Lady upon the inauguration of her husband as the 6th Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands on January 9, 2006.[1]

Fred Panopio
Fred Panopio
Fred Panopio was a Filipino singer and actor who rose to fame in the 1970s.He is known for having made the yodeling style of music famous in the Philippines. This particular kind of music is evident is many of his hits, such as "Pitong Gatang," "Markado," and "Tatlong Baraha"...

(February 2, 1939 — April 22, 2010) was a Filipino singer and actor who rose to fame in the 1970s.

Rommel Padilla
Rommel Padilla
Rommel Padilla is an actor, businessman and current vice governor of Nueva Ecija. He is the part of the Padilla clan.-Political Life:Padilla ran for the vice governorship of Nueva Ecija in 2010, but he was defeated by Gay Padiernos-TV Shows:-Movies:...

is an actor, businessman and politician. He is the part of the Padilla clan.

Rogelio R. Sikat
Rogelio R. Sikat
Rogelio R. Sikat is a Filipino fictionist, playwright, translator and educator. He was born to Estanislao Sikat and Crisanta Rodriguez on June 26, 1940 in Alua, San Isidro, Nueva Ecija, Philippines. He is the sixth of eight children. Sicat graduated with a B.Litt. in Journalism from the...

(also known as Rogelio Sícat) (1940–1997) is a Filipino fictionist, playwright, translator and educator. He was born to Estanislao Sikat and Crisanta Rodriguez on June 26, 1940 in Alua, San Isidro, Nueva Ecija, Philippines. He is the sixth of eight children. Sicat graduated with a B.Litt. in Journalism from the University of Santo Tomas and an M.A. in Filipino from the University of the Philippines.

Néstor de Villa
Néstor de Villa
Néstor de Villa was a Filipino actor frequently cast in musical films. He was a gifted dancer, often paired with frequent on-screen partner Nida Blanca in both movies and television...

(July 6, 1928 – February 21, 2004) was a Filipino actor frequently cast in musical films. He was a gifted dancer often paired with frequent onscreen partner Nida Blanca in both movies and television. His dancing talent led some to call him the "Fred Astaire of the Philippines", though the same moniker had also been given to Bayani Casimiro.

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