What to Know about the Capital City of Nueva Ecija

How much do you know about the capital city of Nueva Ecija?

During the 1950s, very few people traveled to Palayan City since there were no farm activities or any other business enterprises to go to. It was not even called Palayan City yet as the area was just a plain flat land between Laur and Bongabon.


According to the history of Palayan City, this nameless and unidentified area at that time was just a bare and barren land, which government farmers and private residents used as depot. There was virtually no work in Palayan City before the 1950s.

In 1952, the once sleepy area, which was later to be called Palayan City, slowly started to bloom and wake up when a group of Nueva Ecija leaders and politicians decided to transform the quiet locality into the capital of Nueva Ecija. Before Palayan City, the seat of power of Nueva Ecija used to be Cabanatuan City.

The history of Palayan City disclose that eight other municipalities were shortlisted to replace Cabanatuan City. These eight other municipalities were: Gapan, San Jose, Santa Rosa, Guimba, Talavera, General Tinio, Baloc (present-day Santo Domingo), Muñoz.

After hours of lengthy and conscientious deliberation, it was unanimously agreed that the Government Stock Farm be made as the capitol site.

In June 1965, the City of Palayan was officially created and at the same time declared as the capital city of Nueva Ecija, the Rice Granary of the Philippines.

Today, Palayan City stands as one of the province’s most promising area for work, business, travel, vacation and other leisurely activities.



Unlike before when history books tell of a sleepy and quiet Palayan City, work in Palayan City is slowly and steadily growing because of the modernization of the city landscape.

The new capitol building was erected in 2002 as a testament to the development of the city. Travel to Palayan City is now a breeze because of the construction of road expansion and improvement conducted by the local governments, especially the officials of city hall and the capitol.

If you want to travel to Palayan City from Manila, just take the North Luzon Expressway. Follow the N Luzon W Expy/SCTEx/Subic – Clark – Tarlac Expy to Santa Rosa – Tarlac Rd in Tarlac City. Take exit 122 from N Luzon W Expy/SCTEx/Subic – Clark – Tarlac Expy/R-8. Continue on Santa Rosa – Tarlac Rd. Drive to Nueva Ecija – Aurora Rd in Palayan City.



With the erection of the Palayan City Business Hub a year ago, it has literally become easier to work in Palayan City or start a business enterprise in City of Palayan.

Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies have also mushroomed in making it easy to find employment in Palayan City.

The Palayan City Business Hub (PCBH) was conceived and erected as a multi-million peso building, which now houses a one-stop-shop offering work in Palayan City as well as other services to residents or even non-residents.
Processing plants for several agriculture-based industries and other telecommunications companies have already set up shop in the vicinity of Palayan City, which offers employment to residents and non-residents looking for work in Palayan City.



Aside from the fact that it is now easy to work or open a business in Palayan City, several tourist spots in Palayan City have also grown rapidly.

In 1983, the Philippine Army’s training ground in Fort Bonifacio was relocated at Fort Magsaysay located in Palayan City. The camp is being eyed as one of the best tourist spots in Palayan City.

The military officers and representatives of the civilian public have been discussing various activities, which tourists and vacationers in Palayan City can do inside the fort.

Wall climbing, hiking, downhill mountain biking, camping, motocross riding, 4×4 off-road driving, zip-line, and horseback riding as well as water sports are but some of the activities, which a vacationer can do inside Fort Magsaysay in Palayan City.

Other tourist spots in the capital city of Nueva Ecija are located in its coastal areas in Dingalan, Aurora namely kayaking, scuba diving, windsurfing, jet ski, and parasailing.

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