Minalungao National Park, Nueva Ecija
|The majestic rock formations at Minalungao|
I traveled a lot, was able to see beautiful sights here and there, indulge in an array of cuisine from all over. Yet, I haven't explored my own hometown. I was guilty as charged. Having realized this, I started to ask around and do my research about the province. It was only then that I learned that besides vast rice fields, Nueva Ecija has beautiful eco-tourism and historical sites, too. Among these, Minalungao National Park is the most popular.
A 2,018-hectare protected area in the town of General Tinio, Minalungao National Park features towering limestone cliffs (that can rival those of Palawan and Caramoan) border the narrow but deep Penaranda River.
How to go to Minalungao National Park:
Surrounded by the provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Pangasinan, Nueva Vizcaya, and Aurora, Nueva Ecija is easily accessible via a two-hour drive from Manila.
To go to Minalungao National Park, one must ride a bus bound for Cabanatuan (via Gapan, not via SCTEx). Alight at Gapan city center and from there you can rent a tricycle to the park. Note though that Minalungao is about an hour away from Gapan, so expect to shell out a bit more than ordinary tricycle fare. Take also into consideration that the tricycle will have to wait for you to bring you back to the city as there are no public transportation going inside Minalungao.
As for us, we came from the town of San Antonio and we rented a jeepney for Php 1,400.
-Picnic by the river banks
There are cottages for rent along the river banks and a restaurant (under renovation when we went there) should you decide not to bring your own food. Otherwise, you are free to bring food, grill by the huts and have some booze.
|His duty? To drag the bamboo raft.|