How to Get Here
Currently, there is no airport serving this landlocked province in Central Luzon. Situated 180 kilometers of Manila, Nueva Ecija is accessible via different bus firms plying the routes of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX). Travel time, depending on the traffic, is around 3 to 4 hours. Buses stop at the central bus terminal in Cabanatuan City.
Departing on an hourly and daily basis, bus fare from Manila to Cabanatuan City is around Php 190.00, with terminals located in Pasay, Caloocan and Quezon City. Bus companies are:
Best Time to Go
BEST TIME TO GO
Summer is the best time to go and visit Nueva Ecija; April and May are typically the warmest months. With different tourist spots scattered all over the province, exploring the “Rice Bowl of the Philippines”, another nickname of Nueva Ecija, would be an exciting endeavor.
Tourists abound during the Holy Week as “The Rituals of Puncan” takes place. It is the province’s unique Lenten ritual that includes a hide and seek spectacle between the “hudyo” and “flagellant”. Come June, hundreds of tourists flocked to Barangay Bibiclat in the town of Aliaga to witness another unique festival in the region called “Taong Putik Festival”. Celebrated on the feast day of St. John the Baptist on June 24, devotees transform themselves into mud people, parading on the streets asking for alms in the form of candles or cash which will be used in buying offertory candles for St. John.
What to Do
Sample the province’s best and unique food
From the unusual tilapia ice cream, buko sherbet, yummy ensaymadas, mouth-watering longganisa and delectable dairy products, the province is definitely a place for a palatable treat; unique Novo Ecijano food that shows creativity.
Learn a thing two about the country’s staple food
Rice, the Philippines’ staple food, has a museum in this province. Dedicated to the development of rice cultivation, the museum has a collection of beautiful dioramas that show the history of rice production and old equipments used for farming. The museum also boasts of an intricately done last Supper mosaic made of painted rice grains.
Enjoy the landscapes
A serene and scenic landscape is a welcome breather from the chaotic city life. The province’s impressive sceneries are worthy to discover -- unspoiled rivers, waterfalls and mountains that are at par with other natural wonders in the country. The endless panorama of green fields will surely make a good photo collage for a photography enthusiast.
Visit cathedrals and shrines
Nueva Ecija has interesting cathedrals and shrines to see and explore. Because of the province’s important role during the Spanish, Japanese and American periods, a number of historical landmarks and sites are erected in different towns that described Nueva Ecija’s significance in Philippine history and its rich and colorful heritage.
Nueva Ecija is reachable by bus and private vehicle from Manila via Cabanatuan City. The province and its towns are easily explored by tricycle and jeepneys. Cabanatuan City is known as the “Tricycle Capital of the Philippines” because of the abundance of the 3-wheeled vehicles in the area From the city center, one can rent a tricycle and fare depends on the location of the tourist spot one is visiting.
Although Nueva Ecija doesn’t have 5-star hotels, its 3 and 4-star hotels offer comfortable and cozy accommodation and mostly are located in Cabanatuan City. There are hotels and inns around other towns as well.
For mid-range accommodation – Php 2, 395.00
For budget accommodation – Php 760.00
Php 150.00 – Php 180.00 per meal
Minimum Php 10.00
Minimum Php 8.00
Tourist Attraction Entrance Fee