Cafe Ecija’s Friday Feast Advisory

Cafe Ecija Chef

We’re cooking up something special for our next Friday Feast! We’ll be offering the Best of Novo Ecijanos Cuisine in line with Nueva Ecija’s Harvest Festival on September 28, 2018*

Please note that we will not be having a Friday Feast Buffet this September 21, 2018.

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

The Harvest Hotel

By Cook Magazine February 03, 2017


Originated from the term “Kaban ng Tuwa” meaning a cavan of happiness, there is now something to add to your Cavan of Joy, it’s called The Harvest Hotel. Located in the heart of Cabanatuan City, the largest city of Nueva Ecija, Harvest Hotel is a modern 4-star hotel and is considered as the first full-service with high quality service catering to leisure and business travelers alike. Its modern facilities and the exceptional service of the team were all meant to give you your cavan of joy.


Harvest Hotel features 81 modern and efficiently fitted rooms, suites and lofts, an elegant ballroom that can accommodate up to 200 persons in round table set-up, a lush garden to hold your special events, 76-seater Cafe Ecija Restaurant and Bar, The Harvest Lounge, Swimming Pool, Fitness center and gym, Gift Shop, Bakery, Massage Service and ample parking spaces.


Enjoy all these matched with the service-deluxe by our caring staff while staying connected with our free hi-speed Wi-fi access. Indeed, when in Cabanatuan, it’s time for the Harvest. Harvest Hotel is proudly managed by one of the leading hotel and management companies in the Philippines, Hospitality Innovators, Inc.


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Blog Anniversary Special: #EmilxFrances Nueva Ecija Wedding

Posted on July 15, 2016 by Ayie Federizo

I have written several wedding blogs before but this is the first time that I’ll be featuring a wedding that was held in my home province. This one’s close to my heart because the couple involved reminds me so much of my high school crazy memories given that both of them are my former class/schoolmates.

So to you my dear readers, as proof of my gratitude for hitting that 1 year blogging mark, let me take you back to Emilson Reguyal and Frances Angeles’ beautiful nuptial held in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija. Of course, feel free to browse some of our very own talented wedding suppliers in the area

Emil and Frances are no stranger to us (me), especially Emil. He was one of my few male friends during our high school days (Don’t worry, I won’t use this as a chance to bring up his embarrassing experiences back then. lol 😉). On one hand, Frances was already a familiar face since we all go to the same high school.

Let me be frank, ten years ago, we (I) didn’t expect that the two of them would end up as a couple (peace guys 😁). Emil and Frances were not close as you probably think when we were in high school. They have different sets of friends back then. However, it took a turn during our university days. Both of them went to the same school hence the opportunity to be closer was likely.

At that time, I was too preoccupied with other things and was studying away from our province that I was branded as someone who’s “laging huli sa balita”. Imagine my surprise when friends told me that Emil and Frances were dating? I didn’t see it coming (and I’m sure they didn’t too 😁).

Finally, after 10 stronger years, the couple tied the knot last April 2, 2016 in front of family and friends. It was a heartwarming moment proving to anyone that those unexpected turns in life can turn into something pure and ever-lasting.

Take a peek on Emil and Frances’ special day from the perspective of Joel H. Garcia Photography:

Preparation for the biggest event of the couple’s lives were made at Harvest Hotel located at 1179 Pio del Pilar Street, Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija.

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Source: thenostalgicbride

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.