No one can deny the importance of Nueva Ecija as an agricultural province. It is the leading producer of rice in the country, earning it the moniker "Rice Bowl of the Philippines." Its agricultural terrains also yield huge quantities of fruits and vegetables every year. A couple of years ago, Nueva Ecija was also recognized for being the biggest producer of milk in the Philippines. In addition to being a huge contributor to the country's food security, Nueva Ecija is also an important tourist destination.
A must-visit tourist spot in the region is the Minalungao National Park, a protected eco-tourism park. Its main attractions include the Peñaranda River and its magnificent surrounding limestone formations. Tourists will enjoy the tranquility of the river and the towering rock formations. Hiking and spelunking are popular activities to explore the area. Swimming, boating, and cliff diving are also possible.
The Gabaldon Falls is another beautiful natural attraction in Nueva Ecija. The waterfalls are surrounded by lush green vegetation and huge rocks. Nature-lovers will appreciate its impressive view while hikers will enjoy the trek to the waterfalls. The majestic Dupinga River is also a stone's throw away from the area.
Nueva Ecija has been the site of some historic events in the country. The Dalton Pass is a winding road that connects the province to Nueva Viscaya. During the World War II, American and Filipino soldiers had a bloody encounter with the Japanese on the said location. A monument was erected to honor those who died in the battle.