Referred to as the “Rice Bowl of the Philippines”, Nueva Ecija is the biggest rice producer of Central Luzon. Planting, harvesting and tending to farm animals are everyday happenings here. Those curious about agriculture can join tours of Central Luzon State University’s greenhouse technology, a plant tour of the Philippine Rice Research Institute, or visit the dairy farm of the Philippine Carabao Center. The Gross Ostrich Farm in San Leonardo grows and breeds imported ostriches. Here, you can view the big birds in their natural habitat.
One of the popular tourist spots in the province is the Pantabagan Dam, the biggest man-made water reservoir in the country and a feat of engineering. There are several natural wonders to behold in Nueva Ecija, starting with the Minalungao National Park, where you can swim, dive off over hanging cliffs, explore caves, and enjoy breathtaking views of the Penaranda River. One of Central Luzon’s hidden treasures is General Luna Falls, a towering waterfall of more than a hundred feet descending across a rocky mountain. Meanwhile, Mt. Olivete has a hundred-step stair leading to a church. The water of its springs is believed to be medicinal.