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The City of Cabanatuan is a first class, urban city in the province of Nueva Ecija, Philippines.

It is considered the commerce, industrial and educational hub of the province. According to the
latest census, it has a population of 259,267 people in 45,424 households which make it the
largest city in the province and fifth all over the region. It is a bustling city home to many
jeepneys and tricycles. It bears the title as the "Tricycle Capital of the Philippines", because it
has about over 38,202 (as of September 2009) registered tricycles.

The old provincial capitol of Nueva Ecija is located here and is still used by the provincial
government and the governor

Cabanatuan was founded as Barrio of Gapan in 1750 and became a Municipality and capital of
La Provincia de Nueva Ecija in 1780. In 1899, Emilio Aguinaldo moved the Capital of the First
Philippine Republic from Malolos to Cabanatuan. Cabanatuan is the site of the historical "Plaza
Lucero" and the Cabanatuan Cathedral, where General Antonio Luna was ambushed on his way
to Palanan. Cabanatuan lost the title of capital in 1850 when the capital of Nueva Ecija was
moved to San Isidro, another historic town. It was only in 1917, when the Administrative code
was enacted, that Cabanatuan was restored as capital of the Province. However, in 1965,
Congress created Palayan City, which has been the capital ever since.

During World War II, the occupying Japanese built Cabanatuan Prison Camp, where many
American soldiers were imprisoned, some of whom had been forced to endure the infamous
"Bataan Death March." In January 1945 elements of the US Army 6th Ranger Battalion marched
30 miles behind enemy lines to rescue the prisoners in what became known as the Raid at

Cabanatuan was also the epicenter of a massive earthquake at roughly 3 p.m. on July 16, 1990.
The earthquake leveled some buildings, including the Christian College of the Philippines
(Liwag Colleges) in the midst of class time. At 7.7 on the Richter scale, it killed 1653 people.

Historical sites
• Camp Pangatian (Prisoner of War Memorial Shrine), began as a military training camp
for twenty years until converted into a concentration camp for allied prisoners of war
during the Japanese occupation. A popular tourist destination among war veterans by way
of the WWII Veteran’s Homecoming Program. Camp Pangatian's liberation of WWII
American prisoners of war held by the Japanese forces in January 1945 was the most
successful rescue operation ever executed by the American military aided by the galliant
Filipino guerillas that are fighting the invaders. That tactical operation was immortalized
in the movie, "The Great Raid".
• Gen. Antonio Luna Statue and Marker in Plaza Lucero, a statue of Philippine hero
General Antonio Luna astride a horse stands at the plaza in front of the cathedral on the
exact spot where the brave general was assassinated in 1899 in the city that adopted him


The city is a major hub of transportation services within the province. It is often called as
"Tricycle Capital of the Philippines" with over 30,000+ registered tricycles that roams around the
city. The Cabanatuan City Central Transport Terminal was constructed to handle all passengers
and transport vehicles going in and out of the city. Within the city, tricycles are used as a major
mode of transportation since buses and jeepneys are mostly headed outside the city.

The Cabanatuan City Central Transport Terminal looks like an airport.


Maharlika Highway is the main highway in Cabanatuan City. All vehicles coming from and to
Cagayan Valley passes through this highway. Nueva Ecija-Aurora Highway is also a main road
in the city connecting Cabanatuan City and parts of Aurora Province. The newly constructed 10
kilometer four lane Felipe Vergara Highway links town of Talavera to Brgy. Sumacab Este to
ease the traffic congestion along the busy Maharlika Highway. Other major roads include
Circumferential Road 1 and 2, Burgos Avenue, M. De Leon Avenue, Emilio Vergara Boulevard,
Mabini Street and del Pilar Street. The proposed North East Luzon Expressway will pass through
the city from Manila all the way to Tuguegarao City, and also Tarlac-Nueva Ecija-Aurora
Expressway that will link Tarlac to Dingalan Bay.

Banking and Communications

Cabanatuan City was credited for its good access to commercial banks that is why the city was
ranked as one of the most livable cities in the Philippines together with Makati City in terms of
banking. There are 50 commercial banks in the city, including the major players and their
multiple branches citywide. Globe Telecom, Smart Communications and Sun Cellular had their
business offices located in the city. The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT)
had their business office at General Tinio St., while Digitel is in Mabini Extension. TV and
Radio Stations are also present in the city.

Education and Health

Cabanatuan City is the educational center of the province, the city is a university town with
48.21% of the population are students, the city has 3 universities, 5 institutions, 1 science high
school, more than 15 public high schools, and more than 80 public and primary schools. Notable
institutions include Wesleyan University- Philippines, which is the largest and oldest private
university in the province, also the first and only autonomous university in the province; Araullo
University, owned by PHINMA one of the most modern universities in the province; Nueva
Ecija University of Science and Technology; College of the Immaculate Concepcion; La Fortuna
Colleges and the Dr. Gloria Lacson Foundation Colleges. The city is also the home of a catholic
seminary - Maria Assumpta Seminary.

Many hospitals can be found in the city proper, mostly private and clean which made
Cabanatuan City the center for medical operations and research. Notable hospitals include - Dr.
Paulino J. Garcia Medical Hospital is one of the most largest hospitals in the region; Nueva Ecija
Good Samaritan General Hospital, one of the most advanced and modern hospitals in the
province; Wesleyan University General Hospital Center, one of the most cleanest and modern
hospitals in the region, also the first open-heart surgery outside of Manila was made here.


The city is also home to large malls which provide entertainment for the population. These malls
include NE Pacific Mall, Robinsons Cabanatuan, Megacenter the Mall, Melanio's,and the NE

Cabanatuan City is administratively subdivided into 89
• Aduas Centro • Fatima (Pob.) • Pula
• Aduas Norte • General Luna (Pob.) • Quezon District
• Aduas Sur • Hermogenes C. (Pob.)
• Bagong Sikat Concepcion, Sr. • Rizdelis (Pob.)
• Bagong Buhay • Ibabao Bana • Samon
• Bakero • Imelda District • Sanbermecristi
• Bakod Bayan • Isla (Pob.) • San Isidro
• Balit • Kalikid Norte • San Josef Norte
• Bantug Bulalo • Kalikid Sur • San Josef Sur
• Bantug Norte • Kapitan Pepe (Pob.) • San Juan Accfa
• Barlis • Lagare • San Roque Norte
• Barrera District (Pob.) • M. S. Garcia • San Roque Sur
• Bernardo District • Mabini Extension • Sumacab Este
(Pob.) • Mabini Homesite • Sumacab Norte
• Bitas • Macatbong • Sumacab South
• Bonifacio District • Magsaysay North • Sanbermicristi
(Pob.) • Magsaysay South (Pob.)
• Buliran • Maria Theresa • Sangitan West
• Bryan Sarmiento's • Matadero (Pob.) • Sangitan East
Great State • Lourdes • Santa Arcadia
• Cabu • Mayapyap North • Santo Niño
• Caudillo • Mayapyap South • Sapang
• Calawagan • Melojavilla (Pob.) • Talipapa
(Kalawagan) • Nabao (Pob.) • Valdefuente
• Caalibang • Obrero • Valle Cruz
• Camp Tinio • Padre Crisostomo • Vijandre District
• Caridad Village • Padre Burgos (Pob.) (Pob.)
• Cinco-Cinco • Pagas • Villa Ofelia
• City • Palagay
Supermarket/Bayan • Pamaldan • Zulueta District
(Pob.) • Pangatian (Pob.)
• Communal • Patalac
• Cruz Roja
• Daang Sarile • Polilio
• Dalampang
• Dicarma (Pob.)
• Dimasalang (Pob.)

• D.S. Garcia
2010 Local Election Results

Julius Cesar V.
City Mayor Sigaw- 75,846

City Vice Unang

Marius A. Garcia 82,349
Mayor Sigaw

Joselito C. Roque 59,578

Angelito D. Saclolo Unang

Jr. Sigaw

Jean Yasmin D. Cruz 54,991

Ariel G. Severino 49,252
Councilors Rosendo D. Del Unang
Rosario III Sigaw

Jesus M. Diaz Balane 45,774

Oscar M. Mendoza 45,650

Mario R. Seeping Balane 45,504

Froilan M. Valino 44,812

Ruben A. Ilagan III Balane 39,302


Marjorie P. Salvador


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