Top 6 attractions to explore in Nueva Ecija
Nueva Ecija is the largest landlocked province in Central Luzon, covering a total area of 5,751.33 square kilometers. It is the largest rice-producing province in the country.
The Cabanatuan American Memorial was erected by the survivors of the Bataan Death March and the prisoner of war camp at Cabanatuan in the Philippines during World War II. It is located at the site of the camp and honors those Americans and Filipinos who died during their internment. ABMC, recognizing the significance of this memorial, accepted responsibility for its operation and maintenance in 1989.
Dalton Pass, also called Balete Pass, is a zigzag road that joins the provinces of Nueva Ecija and Nueva Viscaya, Philippines. It is located at about 3,000 feet above sea level, where Caraballo Sur meets the Sierra Madre. Being the only access between Central Luzon and Cagayan Valley, the pass became the scene of much bloody fighting during the final stages of World War II and bore witness to the death of almost 17,000 Japanese, American, and Filipino soldiers.
Minalungao National Park is a protected area and one of the few remaining natural environments in the region north of Metro Manila. Spanning over 2,000 hectares, it lures travelers with the picturesque sight of the emerald-colored Penaranda River that runs across most of the park and the towering limestone formations that border it. Adrenaline seekers also have a place in Minalungao as there are plenty of activities there that will give them their fix.
Considered as one of the most accessible parks from Manila, the mystical mountain of Mt. Arayat lies within the municipalities of Arayat and Magalang in Pampanga. At the summit is a circular volcanic crater, and at its foot is the Pampanga River, the second-largest in Luzon, which traverses the provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga, and Nueva Ecija. Noted for its clear water cascading from its waterfalls and for its refreshing surroundings.
Built-in 1974 along the Pampanga River to serve as reinforcement against flooding, and provide irrigation, additional electricity to the entire Luzon island, the 1.61-km long, 107-meter high dam now supplies irrigation water to farmlands in Nueva Ecija and adjoining provinces, and electricity to the Luzon power grid. it is one of the architectural wonders in this area.
Also called The National Shrine of La Virgen Divina Pastora, it is one of the oldest Roman Catholic churches in the country. The church is distinctly Byzantine in style and is built from blocks of limestone and bricks. it was also the biggest colonial church of that time. Now it is one of the famous pilgrimage centres in this area and also this church has a lot of history to say.
Map of attractions in Nueva Ecija