The Sideco House was once the capital of the First Philippine Republic, and is located in San Isidro in Nueva Ecija Province. The house was owned by Crispulo Sideco, known to many as Kapitang Pulong, former gobernadorcillo of San Isidro, and one-time acting governor of Nueva Ecija. While hiding from the Americans, General Emilio Aguinaldo and his men resided in the Sideco House for over five months before fleeing to Isabela. With the general and his troops entrenched in San Isidro, the town became the capital of the Philippines at that time. It was also here where Governor General Wright and Colonel Frederick Funston during the Filipino-American war stayed and planned the capture of the first President of the Philippine Republic, General Emilio Aguinaldo. Continue reading
Freedom Park in Nueva Ecija is located in front of the former provincial capitol, San Jose. Freedom Park was aptly named in recognition of the province’s glorious past and its contribution to the country’s quest for freedom and democracy during the last world war. Filipino revolutionaries during the Spanish occupation considered Nueva Ecija a strategic site in their struggle against the enemies in view of its central geographic position in the region. The park is a favorite spot for picnickers and bystanders. Continue reading
The Paez House was built in 1929 in San Isidro, Nueva Ecija province. The Paez house was constructed of asana and yakal and did not use nails but only mechado (bamboo pegs) and tornillo pasante (screws). The house was occupied by Japanese officials during the war, as it was fronting the house of Epifanio de los Santos. The latter was used as the municipio, and was burned down during the war.
Diamond Park, also known as Tayabo Nature Park, is located in San Jose City, Nueva Ecija in the Cagayan Valley. Strategically located at the gateway to the Cagayan Valley, Diamond Park is a favorite haven for picnickers and nature lovers. It features an unspoiled forest and a host of wildlife species. Upon reaching the top of its 100-step stairway, one is awed by a pagoda on a hilltop offering a panoramic view of northern part of Nueva Ecija. The Department of Tourism took part in the restoration and renovation of the forest park. Continue reading
Fort Ramon Magsaysay, also known as Fort Magsaysay or Fort Magsaysay Military Reservation (FMMR), or Fort Mag, is the largest Military Reservation in the Philippines, and is one of the key training areas of the Philippine Army. Fort Magsaysay is located in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija. In December 1955, President Ramon Magsaysay, through Proclamation 237 created the 73,000-hectare base centered in Laur, Palayan. The reservation covers portions of the provinces of Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, and Aurora. The reservation is to be used for military training and live fire exercises. Continue reading
Palayan City is the capital city of Nueva Ecija province. Palayan City was just a Government Stock Farm before it was named on its present name. It was within Laur and Bongabon. The city was one of the 6 cities of the Philippines (namely Manila, Baguio, Quezon City, Trece Martires, Island Garden City of Samal, and Palayan) whose creation was specifically planned by the local leaders and approved by the Congress. On March 25, 1952 that the leaders of Nueva Ecija comprising of congressman, board members and all mayors of Nueva Ecija called a meeting with the desire to talk and plan about Continue reading
Taong Putik originated from a unique practice of the devotees of Saint John the Baptist in Bibiclat, Aliaga, Nueva Ecija. Their bodies are completely coated with mud and adorned with vines, banana leaves or dried coconut leaves to hide their identity and as an act of humility and penance. The ritual starts as the curtain of the early dawn rises on June 24 – as the streets of Bibiclat becomes the stage for the unfolding of the performance of the devotees of the Fiesta ni San Juan Bautista. The Taong Putik (mud men) ask for alms and candles from the people and offering them at the church during the special mass celebrated at 7:00 in the morning. Continue reading
Nueva Ecija is in the eastern section of the central plains of Luzon and is landlocked. Encircling the province are the provinces of Pangasinan in the northwest, Tarlac in the west, Bulacan in the south, Aurora in the east and Nueva Viscaya in the north. The land rises gradually from the swampy regions of the southwest and levels off as one moves towards the east and north. The plains break into rolling hills as one approaches the Caraballo Mountains and the Sierra Madre Mountains in the north and east. In Nueva Ecija there exist three climate types. In the province’s southwest, a pronounced dry season occurs from November to April while rains fall during the rest of the year. In the east, close to the Sierra Madre Mountains, rain falls evenly throughout the year while in the north and northeast; there is no pronounced seasonal variance although it is relatively dry between the months of April and November.