Want Something New? Travel to Nueva Ecija
Around two hours from Metro Manila is the province of Nueva Ecija, the country’s premier rice producer, hence the label “Rice Granary of the Philippines”.
There are a lot of tourist spots in Nueva Ecija that most Filipinos are not aware of to this day.
If you are interested in festivals, scenic sites and tourist spots, there are a lot of festivals in Nueva Ecija considered as the best and favorite tourist spots of the province. Here are the best spots for tourist in Nueva Ecija:
TOURIST SPOT IN NUEVA ECIJA NO. 1 – The Taong Putik Festival of Aliaga
At dawn, mud-covered devotees make their appearance, asking for alms and candles from the town folks. The festival imitates the story of St. John the Baptist. A special mass is celebrated at the end of the celebration. This tourist spot will definitely make your travel to Nueva Ecija truly worthwhile.
TOURIST SPOT IN NUEVA ECIJA NO. 2 – Minalungao Park
Declared as a national park in 1967, it is located at the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountain in General Tinio, Nueva Ecija. On both sides of the riverbank are 16-meter-high limestone walls. The ridge formation of white sculptured limestone walls shows the might of the great river.
TOURIST SPOT IN NUEVA ECIJA NO. 3 – Gabaldon Falls
Located at Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija, the falls lie within the 200-hectare area of the Sabani Estate Agricultural Estate. It is surrounded by massive rock formations, and ice-cold water rages through the falls.
TOURIST SPOT IN NUEVA ECIJA NO. 4 – Pantabangan Dam
When you travel to Nueva Ecija, Pantabangan Dam should definitely be in your checklist. This dam was originally built in 1974 along the Pampanga River to serve as a fortification against the big floods that usually hound the area during the rainy season. It also provides irrigation as well as electricity for Luzon. It is one of the most visited tourist spots in Nueva Ecija which also offers a scenic view of the surrounding area.
HISTORY OF NUEVA ECIJA
What makes travel to Nueva Ecija truly enjoyable and educational is its rich Filipino culture, heritage and history.
The history of Nueva Ecija is so full of patriotism and love for country that most vacationers who travel to Nueva Ecija will develop a deeper love for the country after visiting the tourist spots of the province.
According to the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) official website, Nueva Ecija was created as a military comandancia in 1777 by Governor General Narciso Claveria, with the capital at Baler (present-day capital of Aurora province). It was formerly part of the province of Pampanga. Spanish records in the Philippines recognize two Spanish countries in the Pacific–Las Islas Filipinas and Nueva Ecija.
From 1777 to 1917, Nueva Ecija’s territory was, however, subdivided to give way to the creation of other provinces. The province of Tayabas (now Aurora and Quezon), including the Polillo Islands, the provinces of Palanan (now Isabela), Cagayan, the province of Nueva Vizcaya, the territory which became part of the province of Quirino, and the province of Manila, north of the province of Tondo in 1867, and the district of Morong (now Rizal) were among those created out of Nueva Ecija. The province was named after the old city of Ecija in Seville, Spain.
In 1896, Nueva Ecija became one of the first provinces to revolt against Spanish rule, and one of the provinces which declared its independence in 1898. Nueva Ecija is the largest province and the biggest rice producer of Central Luzon, thus, often referred to as the “Rice Bowl of the Philippines.”
These brave and valiant traits of the Novo Ecijano, plus their love for country has become one of the reasons why the culture and tradition of the locals continue to flourish in the region making history in Nueva Ecija truly worth studying and visiting.
WORK / BUSINESS IN NUEVA ECIJA
Aside from being a perfect tourist spot, work in Nueva Ecija is likewise starting to pick up. Although Nueva Ecija is considered as the Rice Granary of the Philippines, the industrial sector and technological advances in the region are continuously on the rise.
Although rice growing is still the main work in Nueva Ecija (being the main producers of rice, onion, etc), other industries related to agriculture have also mushroomed in Nueva Ecija.
Processing plants for agri-based industries like organic fertilizer, herbal plants, meat and livestock, corn-based food, commercial warehousing and other agricultural production and warehousing continue to flourish in Nueva Ecija, giving its residents several options for work in Nueva Ecija.
Aside from these agricultural based industries, technology or high-tech commerce is likewise beginning to develop in this region. Work in Nueva Ecija for techies are therefore also on the rise. Demand for graduates of science and technical courses are steadily climbing. Work in Nueva Ecija is now quite easy to find.
Due to the influx of these new industries in this booming province, doing business in Nueva Ecija has been made easier. If you want to set up your business in Nueva Ecija you will be happy to know that the Nueva Ecija government has made it very easy for investors to invest and work in Nueva Ecija.