8 Best Tourist Spots In Nueva Ecija


Nueva Ecija is the largest province in Central Luzon. The province is known as “The Rice Granary of the Philippines” because it is the biggest rice producer in the country.

Entrance Points

Travelers from Bulacan, Tarlac, and Pampanga will pass through this Arch of Nueva Ecija.

Nueva Ecija - Pampanga Arch
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Travelers from Manila and Bulacan will pass through this Arch of Nueva Ecija going to Gapan City.

Nueva Ecija - Bulacan Arch
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A land of adventures and history

Different kinds of travelers have their own preferred tastes. For travelers who seek adventure, it is the mountains and waterfalls that they will surely enjoy. Travelers can do bungee jumping, zip line, hiking, and enjoy nature.

For travelers who seek historical places and educational tours, the perfect places are those old ancestral houses, old churches, landmarks, and monuments.

Nueva Ecija has a hidden treasure of places that is worth visiting. No wonder locals are very proud of their culture and province.

Here are the top 8 Nueva Ecija tourist destinations that travelers shouldn’t miss.

Pantabangan Dam

Municipality of Pantabangan is the 1st class municipality in the province of Nueva, Ecija. Pantabangan Dam used to be a town. The construction affected the municipality in 1971 and locals were provided new homes nearby. Pantabangan Dam is the source of hydroelectric and irrigation for locals. 

The lake is one of the well-known Sportfishing spot sites. Travelers who love fishing as a hobby this place is perfect for you.

Some species of fish available in the waters of Pantabangan are carp, snake murrel, and tilapia. But the single most sought after fish species in Pantabangan is the largemouth bass, a common fish in the United States that was introduced to the lake only recently.

Minalungao National Park

This is one of the hidden treasures of Nueva Ecija. Adventure seekers will enjoy visiting this place. Minalungao National Park offers activities for their visitors such as caving, spelunking, swimming, cliff jumping, bamboo rafting and 1000 steps to the grotto. The floating cottage is also a sight to see.

Mount 387 also known as “ Batong Amat”

Mt. 387 (Batong Amat) Traverse to Aloha FallsITINERARYName of mountain: Mt. 387Location: Puncan, Caranglan, Nueva…

Posted by Nueva Ecija Backpackers & Mountaineers Community Inc. on Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Mount 387 is perfect for travelers who love hiking. The mountains will totally capture every hiker’s attention because of its similarity to “Chocolate Hills” in Bohol. Expect the beauty of nature.  Mount 387 is located at Brgy. Puncan, Carranglan, Nueva Ecija.

Gabaldon Falls

Gabaldon Falls is one of a hidden treasure that travelers may enjoy. These falls have a ten-feet body of water surrounded by the alluring and huge rock formation. The water is crystal clear and cold as ice because it comes from mother nature. This is one of the scenic spots in the Philippines.

Church of Penaranda

penaranda church nueva ecija
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The parochial house of bricks and wood was built by Fr. Gatode la Fuente in the year 1889 to 1891. The original thatched-roof and stone wall was built by Fr. Alvaro Callega.

It’s one of the historical landmarks that can be found in Nueva Ecija. The church was erected in the year 1869 by Fr. Florentino Samonte.  The construction was continued by Fr. Cadicho San Miguel in the year 1879 to 1881. Afterward, Fr. Santos Vega continued the said construction in the year 1887 to 1889.

PhilRice Institute

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Posted by DA-PhilRice on Sunday, May 3, 2020

PhilRice is one of the places for educational seekers. Philippine Rice Research Institute is located at Muñoz, Nueva Ecija. A government entity attached to the Department of Agriculture for developing modern techniques to produce more rice. 

They also have a museum inside their property. Exhibiting the materials that are used in farming, including machines, and a variety of seeds. Their aim is to educate the youth and give inspiration to the agricultural industry.

Crystal Wave Resort

Crystal Wave Resort is located in Talavera, Nueva Ecija. A perfect place to drop by and relax. For families and friends looking for a place to relax in Nueva Ecija, this is the perfect place.

This resort is an alternative to a beach resort. They have amenities that will impress their visitors like a wave pool, kiddie pool, and Mickey Mouse inspired Olympic pool. 

Mount Kemalugong (Paasa Peak)

Mt. Kemalugong's (Paasa Peak) cloudscape Location: Barangay Siclong, Laur, Nueva Ecija,…

Posted by Explore NUEVA ECIJA on Wednesday, June 15, 2016
 Photo Credit: TeamNEBMC via Explore Nueva Ecija Facebook Page

Mount Kemalugong is located at Laur, Nueva Ecija. This was first explored on the 17th of January 2016 by the Nueva Ecija Backpackers and Mountainers Community – Exploration Team (NEBMC). They hiked the mountain at 1750+ meters high.

They explored and reached the highest peak of the mountain in Nueva Ecija and called Paasa Peak in Mount Kemalugong. Travelers who want to hike and take adventures here may need to coordinate with NEBMC and local government to be able to have the adventure of a lifetime here.

These are some places for travelers who want to visit Nueva Ecija province. There are lots of places to explore in this province. Try to connect with nature, have fun, and bond.

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Source: TripAdvisor

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