Harvest Hotel: A Home Away From Home
|Harvest Hotel at night|
How to go there:
Via NLEX Sta Rita exit
The most common route to Cabanatuan is via NLEX-Sta. Rita. You may go by private car or by bus like ES Transport, Five Star, or Baliwag Transit, all of which have terminals in Cubao. These buses ply the Maharlika Highway. Upon reaching Cabanatuan City, go to Jollibee in Circumferential (tricycle drivers know this), and from there, look for Del Pilar Street where Harvest Hotel is located.
Via NLEX-San Simon exit
You may also take this route, which, instead of passing through Bulacan, you will then ply the Gapan-Olongapo Road journeying through the towns of Arayat, Cabiao, San Isidro, Gapan, San Leonardo, Sta. Rosa, and finally Cabanatuan City.
For a shorter travel time, take the NLEX-SCTEX route, which will cut your trip by around 30 minutes to an hour. From SCTEX, take the Sta. Rosa exit and ply the La Paz-Zaragosa route. This will bring you to Sta. Rosa. At the Pan Philipine Highway, turn left and drive all the way to Cabanatuan City.
Where to stay:
Managed by Hospitality Innovators Inc., Harvest Hotel raises the bar of hospitality in Nueva Ecija. Right at the heart of the booming Cabanatuan City, the hotel features 81 well-appointed rooms and suites, and facilities like Cafe Ecija (the hotel's signature restaurant), swimming pool, function rooms, and a fitness center.
Guests are welcomed at the spacious lobby adorned with artworks that are a delight to the eyes. The The hotel has three floors of rooms and suites that are fairly priced. The service? Impeccable.
|The cozy sitting room|
|The honeymoon suite's living room|
|Akisha enjoying the plush king-sized bed|
|Large enough not only for couples but for a small family|
|And it has a small pantry, too!|
The bathroom is clean and modern, complete with a hot and cold rainshower and basic toiletries. The space might be tight for a tub, so perhaps that explains why they don't have one. Not a big deal, though. It is adorable as is.
|Our mini bar|
|An artwork adorns the wide wall in our room|
|Thank you Harvest Family!|
|Akisha enjoying a dip|
|The pool on a gloomy afternoon|
|Cabanatuan garlic longganisa and bistek Tagalog|
|Boneless bangus belly|
|The omelette station|
|My ham, cheese, mushroom, and olives omelette|
|Creamy macaroni soup|
|Hubby made petite sandwiches with longganisa and eggs|
|Second level of one of the lofts. This leads to the attic|
|A view of the second level from the attic|
|One of the two bathrooms|
|The receiving room|
|Second level, without attic|
What to do in Nueva Ecija:
Since it is a land-locked province, do not expect to see a beach in Nueva Ecija. But don't fret, our place have a lot to offer, too!
Minalungao National Park
A protected area in General Tinio, this ecotourism destination boasts beautiful rock formations centered along the picturesque Penaranda River.
Gabaldon Falls and Dupinga River
Located about two hours away from Cabanatuan City are two other ecotourism destinations amidst the lush Sierra Madre Mountains called Gabaldon Falls and Dupinga River. The destinations requires a little endurance as you will have to trek a bit, but the views are definitely worth it.
Another scenic attraction is this earth-fill embankment dam that you would see if you are heading to Baler in Aurora from Cabanatuan City. According to Wikipedia, the multi-purpose dam provides water for irrigation and hydroelectric power generation while its reservoir, Pantabangan Lake, affords flood control. The reservoir is considered one of the largest in Southeast Asia and also one of the cleanest in the Philippines. I once passed by Pantabangan Dam at sunrise and the views were fantastic!
During my last visit to Nueva Ecija, I realized one thing: that the place I used to call home may have changed a lot, but in the end, home is where the heart is. My heart still belongs to my homeland, and I am proud to be a Novo Ecijana!
1179 Pio Del Pilar St.Cabanatuan City,
Nueva Ecija, Philippines, 3100