Cabanatuan City is the former capital of Nueva Ecija and its most populous city.
Profile of Cabanatuan City (Geography)
Location –> Nueva Ecija in Central Luzon, Philippine (See map below)
*Distance from Manila –> 113 Kilometers
Neighboring Towns –> Talavera, Palayan City, Sta. Rosa, and Aliaga
Area –> 192.29 km2 (74.24 sq mi)
Population –> 302,231 (2015 Census)
No. of Barangays –> 89
Terrain –> Flat
Industries –> Trading, Other commercial and educational services, Agriculture, Tourism
Major Products –> Rice, Vegetables, Poultry, Handicraft, Home-made Food Items
People/Language –> Tagalog, Ilocano, Kapampangan, English
Revenue (2016) –> 1,500,358,316.23
Cabanatuan was founded as a Barrio of Gapan in 1750. Thirty years later, it became a town and was made the capital of Nueva Ecija. When Palayan City was established in 1965, Cabanatuan lost its status as the capital.
On June 5, 1899, Antonio Luna, the 2nd Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and one of the finest generals of the Philippine-American War, was assassinated here in the city of Cabanatuan.
On June 15, 1950, Cabatuan was elevated to cityhood.
On July 16, 1990, a strong earthquake destroyed many buildings and infrastructure and killed more than a thousand people.
Economy, Business and Investment
Cabanatuan is the chief commercial, financial and educational center of Nueva Ecija. It is home to several malls, universities and colleges, and banks. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) maintains a branch in the city. The city has a private company that generates and distributes electricity to businesses and residents.
In recent years, business process outsourcing companies have established branches in the city.
Camp Pangatian Shrine
General Luna Statue
Old Nueva Ecija Provincial Capitol and Freedom Park
Saint Nicholas of Tolentino Cathedral
Banatu Box Food Park
Old Railroad Station
Banatu Festival – celebrated to showcase the culture and achievement of the people
Map of Cabanatuan City