Cabanatuan City History, Tourist Spots, Festivals

Cabanatuan City is the former capital of Nueva Ecija and its most populous city.

Cabanatuan City Hall
Cabanatuan City Hall

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

City Officials
Representative (3rd District) –> Rosanna V. Vergara
Mayor –> Myca Elizabeth V. Vergara
Vice Mayor –> Julius Cesar V. Vergara
City Councilors (Sangguniang Panlungsod Members):
Rosario Del Rosario
Oscar Mendoza
Froilan Valino
Marius Garcia
Jean Yasmin Cruz
Ruben Ilagan
Joselito Roque
Prudencio Garcia
Aldwin Joseph Diaz
Medel Seeping


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.

Downtown Cabatuan City
Downtown Cabatuan City

Tourist Spots

Camp Pangatian Shrine
General Luna Statue
Old Nueva Ecija Provincial Capitol and Freedom Park
Saint Nicholas of Tolentino Cathedral
Lazaro Francisco Museum
Banatu Box Food Park
Old Railroad Station


Banatu Festival – celebrated to showcase the culture and achievement of the people

RELATED: Profile of San Jose City
See also: List of Philippine Cities by Region and Province

Map of Cabanatuan City

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