Nueva Ecija Travel: Visiting Minalungao National Park, Tasting Batutay and More

Tuesday, February 07, 2017


Nueva Ecija is the last place for anyone to have any sense of trepidation about life. For decades, most tourists in Metro Manila had to beat the odds in far-flung areas of the Philippines just to experience the remote beauty of nature and the satisfaction of unique delicacies. When they had to experience the burden of intrepid travel in such trips, the opposite is entirely true of a visit of this province in Central Luzon. It’s a travesty that it’s usually overlooked for the more glossy island destinations that tend to cost more.


Puno’s Ice Cream & Sherbet Ube Flavor

What not many people know is that, in one province, they can actually stay at a four-star hotel as a luxurious tour base of a natural attraction called Minalungao National Park and even linger in Cabanatuan City where the hotel is for memorable meals of local fare. And all it takes is just three days or less.


Enjoying the scenery of Minalungao National Park


Aling Otya’s Batutay


Minalungao National Park photo by Ryan Riguer


Harvest Hotel photo by Aubrey Gacer


Enjoying the swimming pool of Harvest Hotel


Harvest Hotel Standard Room photo by Aubrey Gacer


A lounge area at Harvest Hotel (photo by Aubrey Gacer)


Viewing the sunset from my booked room at Harvest Hotel

Where To Stay: Harvest Hotel

An easy option for a tour base of Nueva Ecija is Cabanatuan City and it’s where the four-star Harvest Hotel is. Offering more than luxury in terms of well-appointed rooms, the hotel is accessible from the city’s numerous landmarks, the staff members are hospitable, and it has a family-friendly swimming pool.

For more Harvest Hotel information and photos, check out my blog post about it here.

Before you overburden yourself with a crazy itinerary at some remote destination in the Philippines, isn’t it reasonable to try visiting a highly accessible province first like Nueva Ecija?

Minalungao National Park Guide Contact
Tour Guide Mobile Number: 0907-731-6175

Cabanatuan City Tricycle Contact For Minalungao
Driver: Harold
Mobile Number: 0905-773-6590

Harvest Hotel

Official website of Harvest Hotel

Address: 1179 Del Pilar St., Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, Philippines 3100
Phone: (044) 950-8888
Mobile: (+63917) 539-6125

Source: turistatrails

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.