province of the Philippines

Nueva Ecija is a province in the Central Luzon region of the Philippines.

Cities and townsEdit

Map of Nueva Ecija
  • Aliaga
  • Bongabon - home of Mt. Olivette.
  • 1 Cabanatuan City - the largest city of Nueva Ecija (with 302,231 people during the time of 2015 census) has worthwhile historical sites: the Camp Pangatian Shrine and the General Luna Statue and Marker.
  • Cabiao
  • Carranglan - this 41,131-people town (as of 2015 population census) is home to Barrio Puncan, nicknamed the "Little Baguio" because of its cool mountain breezes.
  • Cuyapo
  • Gabaldon
  • Gapan City
  • General Mamerto Natividad
  • General Tinio
  • Guimba
  • Jaen
  • Laur
  • Licab
  • Llanera
  • Lupao
  • Muñoz, Science City of
  • Nampicuan
  • Palayan City - the capital city of Nueva Ecija province
  • Pantabangan
  • Peñaranda - features the Minalungao National Park.
  • Quezon
  • Rizal - Rizal Hot Springs.
  • San Antonio  
  • San Isidro
  • San Jose City - a city of 139,738 people (2015 census) offers the scenic Diamond Park to its visitors.
  • San Leonardo
  • Santa Rosa
  • Santo Domingo
  • Talavera
  • Talugtug
  • 2 Zaragoza  

Other destinationsEdit

  • Minalungao National Park


Nueva Ecija, to many, houses many rice paddies, the source of most rice supplied in Metro Manila, and is well known by its nickname "Rice Granary of the Philippines".

The province gains its name from the town of Écija in Seville province, Spain, that reminded the Spanish colonial authorities of its hot climate. The province does have history of record-breaking temperatures, mostly recorded in its capital, Cabanatuan, so be prepared.

Nueva Ecija is quite overlooked as a rural backwater over nearby Pampanga, but the province has scenery of rice paddies and mountains, some historical sites, other hidden natural wonders. Agritourism is another good way of seeing Nueva Ecija.

The province's population of over 2,000,000 is mostly Tagalog (77%) and Ilocano (19%), with the former concentrated in the south and center, and the latter in the north. A tiny percentage of the population are Kapampangan, mostly living in the southwestern part of the province bordering present-day Pampanga. The remainder of the population are the Pangasinan, and indigenous peoples like the Abellan Agta, the Bugkalot, the Ibaloi, the Isinai, the Kankana-ey and the Mag-anchi Aeta.

Get inEdit

Get aroundEdit




Longganisa from Cabanatuan City, locally called "Batutay". Garlic or "Hamonado" flavor is sausage made from beef or pork.

Tilapia ice cream milked flavored ice cream with steamed tilapia flakes.


Gatas ng Kalabaw or Buffalo's Milk. Milk from carabao or water buffaloes are popular in Nueva Ecija.

Flavored Yogurt Drink also made from Buffalo's Milk.


Nueva Ecija is underserved by hotels, but there are out-of-the-way inland resorts and some countryside inns, the few places to sleep outside the city. Cabanatuan has the bulk of hotels in the province, while the other cities will have few to none. Many only accept cash and some do not have online booking.

Stay safeEdit

The weather is far one of your safety concerns if you travel in the province, and Nueva Ecija is far one of the hottest locations in the Philippines to record. Daytime temperatures always stay in the 30s, and the heat index can soar up into the 50s during summer. Even just going for a short walk or shooting the picturesque rice fields and mountain ranges can give you immediate dehydration from the sweltering to extreme heat. Always follow hot weather advice if you plan to go out.

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