When was the last time you visited
That long ago, huh? Then you've been
missing a lot.
The city constantly changes -- by the
minute, it would seem.
The Cabanatuan on your mind: is it
anything like this?
An airport? No. It's the
City Central Transport Terminal,
about a kilometer away from
the city proper. Your trip begins and ends here.
This is where you'll find
all sorts of public transportation --buses, mini-buses, and jeepneys --
bound for, and coming from,
places within and outside Nueva Ecija.
The central terminal building
juts out of a landscape of green fields
along the city's Circumferential
Road, near M.S. Garcia District.
Part of Maharlika Road fronting
the National Food Authority Compound.
So clean... so green...
Sunrise over Primavera
just one of the tens of housing projects
that now dot the Cabanatuan
...including the latest,
and reportedly the ritziest of them all, Lakewood City,
co-owned by the NE Group
Once, the Maria Assumpta
Seminary stood by its lonesome self in this part of Cabanatuan.
Guess who moved in right across the road...
...NE Pacific Mall,
a huge shopping/entertainment complex and
one of THREE malls in in
...the others being Megacenter,
easily the biggest structure in the city
and reputedly the biggest
mall in Northern and Central Luzon...
...and the pioneer of them
all, NE Mall.
These are the places where
Cabanatuenos now congregate to shop...
...eat, and hang out to
see and be seen.
Dr. Jose Rizal's monument
which used to be in Plaza Lucero
now stands on a prominent
spot in front of the new Cabanatuan City Hall
in Kapitan Pepe Subdivision.
The Nueva Ecija Provincial
An oasis at the center of
the city -- the Ninoy Aquino Freedom Park
across Burgos Avenue from
Dr. Paulino J. Garcia
Memorial Medical and Research Center,
now a regional hospital.
You were probably born here...
or gave birth here.
The city's first private
hospital, Nueva Ecija Doctors Hospital,
has added a multi-story
Long-time landmark in Cabanatuan
-- the Iglesia ni Cristo Cathedral.
Your choice of where to
grab your grub --
a Filipino fastfood outlet...
...a sentimental local favorite...
...or -- looming on the
horizon -- an American fastood giant, among others.
The Cabanatuan City Public
... a kaleidoscope of scents...
You probably went to school
here it but didn't look anything like this before.
This is Wesleyan University-Philippines
The third university in
Cabanatuan City after
and Araullo University.
This is the Nueva Ecija
University of Science and Technology (NEUST),
formerly Central Luzon Polytechnic
formerly Central Luzon School
of Arts and Trades (CLSAT)
Nueva Ecija High School
Nueva Ecija National
High School now.
The new College of the
Immaculate Conception High School Department
at the back of Maria Assumpta
photos by Ramon R. Valmonte