Home to more than 30,000 tricycles, Cabanatuan is known as the “Tricycle Capital” of the Philippines. Discover a melting pot of cultures within Cabanatuan's rich Filipino food, lively nightlife and gripping history.
Things to do
Imprisoned by occupying Japanese forces in WWII, over 500 American POWs were liberated from Camp Pangatian by American Rangers and Filipino guerrillas in 1945. This “The Raid of Cabanatuan” is retold through eyewitness accounts at Camp Pangatian’s educational and historic shrine.
Head to nearby Minalungao National Park for stunning vistas, where you can embark on a river voyage aboard a traditional bamboo raft. Relax on this tranquil river as you wind through narrow limestone passages overgrown with lush tropical flora. Featuring unique rock formations, subterranean caverns, cliff diving and fishing, Minalungao is unlike any other place in the country.
Foodies are in for a treat, as Cabanatuan’s delicacies are famous throughout the country. Similar to chorizo, batutay longganisa is a Filipino sausage that’s a breakfast staple. If you’re feeling adventurous, order a scoop of tilapia ice cream topped with tilapia flakes and walnuts from Central Luzon State University.
Cabanatuan is a central hub of Nueva Ecija, making it easy to reach by bus or car. Within the city, motorised tricycles and jeepneys are an ideal way of moving between attractions, though local city buses provide connections as well.