The Philippine Army’s Fort Magsaysay, one of the most famous attractions in Palayan City Image Credit: Rappler.
Being more than a thoroughfare between Nueva Ecija and Aurora, Palayan City, the capital of Nueva Ecija’s, has more to offer beyond its rather dull landscape.
The city has a large land area of 101.40 square kilometers, with a low population density at 370 per square kilometer. Up until today, it maintains its record as the least populated city in the Philippines.
Palayan is composed of 19 barangays (the smallest administrative division in the Philippines): Atate, Aulo, Bagong Buhay, Bo. Militar (Fort Magsaysay), Caballero, Caimito, Dona Josefa, Ganaderia, Imelda Valley, Langka, Malate (Poblacion), Maligaya, Manacnac, Mapaet, Marcos Village, Popolon (Pagas), Santolan, Sapang Buho, and Singalat. Each barangay can be reached via car or tricycle.
Places of Interest
- Nueva Ecija’s Provincial Capitol
- Pinong Happy Farms: A small farm where visitors can experience an off-the-grid farm life through observation and exposure to planting and harvesting of rice, and tending of animals. Bookings can be made by contacting +63 936 966 8189.
- Fort Magsaysay: The Armed Forces of the Philippines’ key training ground. It is open to the public on non-training days, and visitors can see the airfield and training grounds, the Aquino-Diokno Memorial, a Catholic chapel, and the Pahingahan Lake. It is open from Mondays to Fridays, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (on non-training days). To confirm, you can contact +63 927 804 2929. Entrance is free although donations are accepted.
Things to remember:
Palayan City is an agricultural area and snakes are a common sight. Hence, please make sure to avoid veering away from paved trails, and bring an anti-venom kit as there is no pharmacy in the area. When doing field visits, wear boots and long pants.