A Gastronomical Adventure in Nueva Ecija: A ‘Biyahe Ni Drew’ itinerary

Published September 25, 2015 4:56pm

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Given that Cabanatuan City is also affectionately called as the Longganisa Capital of the Philippines, you can never go wrong with ordering longganisa meals in this city. And at Hotel Harvest, they serve only the best longganisa as well as pochero, beef veggies, and batotay, among others.

“If you’re here in Cabanatuan, taste batotay,” tips Drew. Batotay is like longganisa, but made of cow’s meat. It is processed with garlic, MSG, pepper, salt, soy sauce, and sweeteners.

Of course, Drew enjoyed eating batotay. “Mag pagkamaalat, garlicky,” he says. “I love it!”

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Where is Cabanatuan City?

"Whether you are visiting Cabanatuan City and its surrounding towns or taking a break from a long drive going to nearby provinces such as Baler in Aurora, Tarlac or Bulacan, Cabanatuan is your perfect pit stop. Getting to Cabanatuan is easy either via public or private transportation."

From Manila, Cabanatuan City is 3 to 4 hours by bus. Several bus companies dispatch buses every 15-30 minutes (24/7) to the city, from their various stations around Metro Manila (Avenida, Cubao, Caloocan/Grace Park, Divisoria, Pasay, Trinoma) ES Transport Five Star Bus Co., Genesis Transport Services Bus and Baliwag Transit, Inc.

If you are coming from Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark Field, Pampanga, instead of taking a bus from Manila, you may take Genesis Transport Services Bus in San Fernando, Pampanga. By private transportation, when you go to NLEX, you should take the Sta. Rita Exit. It is around 20 kilometers upon entering the NLEX-Balintawak highway. From there, go straight to Plaridel town, around 5 kilometers. It’s just a straight drive towards the North and you will be passing by the towns of Baliuag, Nadaan, San Ildefonso, Gapan, Sta Rosa and finally Cabanatuan City.