Nueva Ecija is a province in the Philippines located in Central Luzon Region dotted with vast rice fields and beautiful tourist spots. Its plains are covered with verdant rice fields making it the main rice growing province in the country, hence dubbed as the Rice Granary of The Philippines.
For adventure seekers, its mountains and rivers offer eco-tourism destinations like waterfalls, mountain peaks, eco parks and a lake. For history geeks, its towns have noticeable historical sites and landmarks including monuments, markers, ancestral houses and century-old churches. And for family travelers, amusement and recreational parks can also be found in the towns.
The capital city of Nueva Ecija is Palayan. The province is bordered by Nueva Vizcaya (northeast), Aurora (east), Bulacan (south), Pampanga (southwest), Tarlac (west) and Pangasinan (northwest). This means it is a landlock province. There are around 2 million people living here and they speak of Tagalog, Ilocano, Kapampangan and English languages.
If you want to explore the eco-tourism destinations in the province or its historical sites, perhaps enjoy its natural parks, below is the list of tourist spots in Nueva Ecija you may want to visit this year.
Top 10 Tourist Spots in Nueva Ecija
1. Minalungao National Park
Minalungao National Park is one of the best tourist spots in Nueva Ecija, a 2,018 hectares protected area surrounded with lush greenery. The main attraction of the park is its wide Peñarada River which is flowing in between towering 16-meter high limestone rocks. The river is clean (muddy if raining) with turquoise waters that’s very alluring for swimming, cliff jumping and bamboo rafting. There is also a zipline to ride and a hanging bridge to cross. One can even roam around with the huge rock formations and even go spelunking in the nearby cave. The park is a favorite weekend getaway among the local and foreign tourist.
Minalungao National Park is located in General Tinio, Nueva Ecija.
2. PhilRice Institute
Philippine Rice Research Institute or PhilRice is one of the interesting places to visit in Nueva Ecija. It is a government entity attached to the Department of Agriculture to develop modern farming techniques for Filipinos to produce more rice. Inside the property is the PhilRice Museum. The exhibits are mostly include materials of rice farming community, farming machines, variety of seeds and artworks. It aims to disseminate interest to general public specially to inspire the youth for a noble career in agriculture industry. Visitors can also tour around the verdant rice fields riding on a farm tractor.
PhilRice Institute is located in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija.