Mapping out your next road trip to the north? Make Nueva Ecija one of your destinations. The province, which has been dubbed as the “Rice Granary of the Philippines”, holds many attractions and wonders aside from its vast, agricultural plains. Instead of just passing through, park, stay, and immerse yourself in these charming and thrilling destinations which may have flown past your travel radar.

Tagpuan sa Lumang Gapan at night. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

The nostalgic streets of Tagpuan sa Lumang Gapan. Dubbed as Nueva Ecija’s “Little Vigan”, Tagpuan sa Lumang Gapan resembles Ilocos Sur’s historical Calle Crisologo with its similar array of ancestral houses and cobblestone streets. At night, the houses light up with different colors while a night market beside the plaza thrives.

A customer at Hapag Vicenticos. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Hapag Vicenticos’ warm interiors and sumptuous menu. Take another trip back in time to this restaurant in Cabanatuan City. Located in an old, abandoned ancestral house, Hapag Vicenticos is a quaint restaurant with rustic Filipino interiors and a satisfying selection of Filipino favorites such as crispy pata, sisig, sinigang, karioka, and more.

View of Dupinga River from above. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

The idyllic Dupinga River. Formerly known as Subani, Dupinga River in Gabaldon is famous for its ice-cold waters. Flanked by the Sierra Madre mountain range on both sides, it’s a little slice of paradise where visitors can enjoy a refreshing dip or a riverside picnic in one of the huts lining the banks. For those who dare, the river has big boulders which are sometimes used for cliff diving.

Gabaldon Falls. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

The gorgeous cascade of Gabaldon Falls. Another natural gem in Gabaldon is none other than Gabaldon Falls. Like Dupinga River, it is known for its cold waters which spring from the Sierra Madre mountain range. Take a dip in its basin and be enthralled by the lush scenery that surrounds you while you cool off after your trek.

Valley Breeze Resort and a portion of the Sierra Madre mountains. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Valley Breeze Resort. Unwind from a long day of exploring in this 3.3-hectare resort in Gabaldon. Also nestled at the foot of the Sierra Madre, the resort is aptly described by its name: a breezy respite with wide open spaces. The resort offers tours around its rice fields and vegetable and animal farm, aside from offering different types of family-friendly accommodation arrangements.

Discover more destinations to see, experience, and savor in Nueva Ecija. Visit the links to map out your next journey across the Philippines.

  1. Journey to Nueva Ecija and Tarlac in the Heartland of Luzon
  2. Nueva Ecija, Never Ending! (nuevaecijatourism.com)
  3. Tourism – Nueva Ecija

Travel Safely!

All these tourist destinations have health and safety protocols in place to protect locals and visitors alike. Everyone is expected to comply by wearing face masks, regularly washing their hands, and practicing physical distancing.

To check out up-to-date information regarding local destinations that are open and the safety protocols and requirements needed for each location, you may visit philippines.travel/safetrip or download the Travel Philippines app at app.philippines.travel, Apple Store, or Google Playstore.