Friday, August 2, 2013

Friday, August 02, 2013
Statues of the late General Antonio Luna in Cabanatuan City

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T O U R 

My short visit of Nueva Ecija had me stay at Microtel By Wyndham in Cabanatuan City and gave me the chance to tour the vicinity, including the roughly 17-mile-away Science City of Munoz. Anywhere I looked, I spotted a piece of farmland which is a typical view in the province. I was determined to see more than that, so I cheerfully hopped into that shuttle provided by the hotel with a tour guide to boot.

Plying along the Pan-Philippine Highway inside an air conditioned vehicle with the sweltering heat outside was enough of a decent tour for me that day. I could have tried riding one tricycle after another since Cabanatuan City is a competitive rival of Tugegarao when it comes to being the tricycle capital of the Philippines, but I was just thankful that I did not have to endure the elements outside that way.

Parroquia De San Isidro De Labrador in Talavera
Camp Pangatian

I visited two sites in Cabanatuan City, namely Camp Pangatian and the statue and marker of Philippine hero General Antonio Luna, both of which were in close proximity to my booked hotel. To keep me energized, I snacked on a pint of Nueva Ecija's dessert pride called Puno's Ice Cream & Sherbet. It's a local brand that's made from fresh carabao's milk which sweetened my adventure.

Camp Pangatian

Camp Pangatian was unfortunately closed when I arrived at the place so I had to settle taking photos right in front of its gate. It was the site of the famous WWII great raid by the American forces to rescue their fellow American soldiers and a few Filipino guerillas from being kept as prisoners.

General Antonio Luna Statue and Marker

As for the General Antonio Luna statue and marker, I almost missed it circling around the city since it was smack dab in the middle of a cluttered Plaza Rucero. Fortunately, I was told by my tour guide that the statue was newly dressed in gold color paint, so it would always have a good fight for attention, something that the late hero suffered from just before his assassination at the exact site. I guess what was true in 1899 is still true in 2013. If you happen to want to hear mass at the Cabanatuan Cathedral when visiting the city, the statue and marker are located just across it. Another statue of the late general can be seen in the city but the second one can be seen standing instead of astride on a horse.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish

Still in Cabanatuan City, I had the chance to drop by the Dambana Ng Ina Ng Laging Saklolo (Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish) which is famous for being chosen by couples in the area to get married in for its modern architectural and interior design. As I briefly stepped inside the place, I instantly noticed how remarkable the access of the interiors have of the natural light coming from the outside on a good day such as during my visit. The parish's fancy-looking bell tower was enough a good backdrop element in one's matrimonial photo.

Puno's Ice Cream & Sherbet

Parroquia De San Isidro De Labrador

Just 14 kilometers away was another church that caught my attention -- the Parroquia De San Isidro Labrador. The location of the religious site is in the town of Talavera and its red brick walls were a delight to see under the hot sun in Nueva Ecija. Almost standing like a tasty cake, the structure was crowded with parishioners due to funeral rights being performed that afternoon.

Science City of Munoz

My Nueva Ecija tour also had me check out the Science City of Munoz where the Milka Krem Plant, the Freshwater Aquaculture Center, and the Central Luzon State University are located. Each site was a refreshing visit for me because there was no shortage of trees, vastness of open space, and the strong provincial breeze that seemed to be absent in Cabanatuan City.

All in all, my quick tour of Nueva Ecija's two cities was enough evidence for me that the province offers more than farmland views.

H E L P F U L   H I N T S

For tourists visiting Munoz City from Cabanatuan City, the travel time is roughly 1 hour.

Check out two more of my posts about Cabanatuan City:
+  Microtel By Wyndham-Cabanatuan: A Restful Relevance In Nueva Ecija
+  Liquid Bar & Restaurant: Microtel's Tasty Secret In Cabanatuan City

More Photos Below:

The facade of the Talavera church
A fertilized pond of tilapia at the Freshwater Aquaculture Center
One of many farmlands in Nueva Ecija
A sweet-tasting souvenir from Milka Krem


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