Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Palayan City - A Laid-Back Capital

Palayan City is the Capital of Nueva Ecija but unlike its more progressive neighbour City of Cabanatuan, life there is very simple if not boring. The place is devoid of any modern recreational activity and its massive land area is so thinly populated.

Rice fields, hills and rivers dominate the Palayan Landscape. A traveler can wander around Palayan's vast plain and get lost in its immerse ins and outs so it is advisable to get friendly with the locals and ask them to tour you around the City. While Palayan is indeed very laid-back, a wary traveler can still find beauty in its tranquil environment.


The Golden Crop


The Golden Field


Provincial Capitol, Fort Magsaysay, BSP Jamboree Gate, Palayan City Hall


The Serene Palayan River


Kids Playing By The River


The Forested Ortega Trail


Fort Magsaysay Lake


The Pahingahan Spillway


The Pahingahan Falls


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95 comments:

  1. Lovely images! I especially like The Golden Crop, the River, and the falls.
    You really do take amazing photos of your travels.

    Thanks for your visit today and hope you are having a great day.

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  2. ang ganda sobra ng spillway at lake! sobra!

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  3. the pahingahan fall is beautifully photographed.

    i love the environment of palayan. yan yung mga tipo kong tirhan habambuhay. tahimik at pres ang air.

    bastat may ilog at bundok ayos na.

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  4. wonderful shots! the golden crop and the pahingahan waterfalls are my favorite. i was invited to a wedding in palayan city last May, unfortunately, i wasn't able to go. nagsisi tuloy ako.:D

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  5. oman, i should say that boring is relative :-)

    for the seasoned traveler, the challenge of going places, even the simplest ones, is finding the beautiful and unique things that a place can offer.

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  6. I like the second photo; shows clearly the golden crop.

    ;)

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  7. the spillway looks amazing; i dont really have any idea what a rice field looks like, but i do now!

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  8. I love that waterfall! very nice photos!

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  9. I haven't been to Nueva Ecija - as places that take longer than 1 hour by car from Alabang or have no airports are difficult for me to visit.

    Love the waterfalls!

    Thanks for visiting Norwich Daily Photo and leaving your kind comments. How is your week going so far?


    joy

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  10. The greenery is the best part. I think you get the best view in the Philippines during the onset of the rainy season coz the grass are at it's best. Unlike during summer when everything looks dry, dead or pale. The fusion of water is also great to see. Love your photos here.....

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  11. Parang sarap maligo don sa Ilog....buti pa yung mga bata. wla lang keme......

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  12. Hello again everyone. It is a long weekend indeed. Hope everyone had a great week-end.

    @ carletta - thanks. you will see more of rice fields in the upcoming posts because the posts will be about Nueva Ecija - the rice capital of the Philippines.

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  13. @ ifoundme - yeah, napakacalm ng lake at ang nipis ng flow ng tubig sa spillway. Nakakaengganyong maligo.

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  14. @ the islander - thanks. tahimik talaga palayan city kasi konti lang tao doon. yung kapitbahay mo sa kabilang bundok pa, pero masarap din mamasyal doon.

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  15. @ luna miranda - thanks. sayang naman. yung center/proper ng palayan, wala masyado makikita doon pero sa mga outskirts doon marami ,apupuntahan. medyo mahirap nga lang daan at may NPA pa.

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  16. @ estan - well said. i am really tempted to describe the place as boring but when i saw the pics that i have taken there, i too was amazed because boring is nowhere near to describe the place.

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  17. @ kyels - i think it's my first close-up of palay. some previous shots where shots of fields. thanks.

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  18. mediterranean kiwi - my country's main meal is rice and it comes from palay. glad i shared some info and pics on it to you. thanks.

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  19. @ luke - that waterfall was also a surprise to me. i didn't know it existed in that place. thanks to some kids who lead me to it.

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  20. @ joy - i am sorry. we do not have airports here. guess you have to endure four hours of travelin from manila. thanks.

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  21. @ salingpusa - i agree. during summer, its more of yellow because of lack of water but in rainy season, these rice fields really come alive.

    kakainggit nga mga bata eh, pag matanda kasi yun tapos nakahubo medyo masagwa na tingnan yata hehehe.

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  22. your photo titled "The Golden Field" reminds me of the Fidelisan Rice Terraces in Sagada. Lamig sa mata! Love also the Pahingahan Falls. reminds me naman of the Wawa Dam in Montalban Rizal.

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  23. The Pahingahan Falls is just breath-taking. It's the best photo of this batch.

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  24. hello atty!

    I visited and voted.

    Good luck (you're winning!)

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  25. I hope you win the contest! this is an amazing blog here!

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  26. perfect lahat ng shots (as usual and always be). Pinakamaganda yung last pic which the falls. I voted you and will vote till the it ends. goodluck!

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  27. Thank you for sharing your photos of your travels. All are beautiful. MB

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  28. those last few landscapes are very nice, ls! :)

    ps: thank you for the award. i'm so touched!!! super. thank you!

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  29. LS: A beautiful city that you capture so well. It's nice to see the slowed down pace of this city.

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  30. Indeed a very laid back town judging from the nice photos you took. I love the shots of the lake and the greenery. The place does seem so tranquil.

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  31. @ random ramblings - alam mo tagal ko na sa nueva ecija but it was the first time i saw this type of rice field here. akala ko puro plain field lang, ito medyo elevated at parang terraces ang dating eh.

    yung falls naman, naswertehan ko lang din nang tinuro ng mga bata.

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  32. @ vinzent - yan bro ang swerteng aksidente. i went there for the lake, that falls is indeed a bonus.

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  33. @ kris jaspr van dyke - thanks bro. hopefully magtuloy-tuloy ang panalo.

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  34. @ lara - i hope that my readers and visitors like my blog so that they will vote for me. thanks.

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  35. @ redlan - wow bro. maraming-maraming salamat sa pagsuporta. i promise na pagagandahin ko lalo mga posts ko para di ako mapahiya sa inyo.

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  36. @ small city scenes - thank you. i am just glad that you appreciate the beauty of my country.

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  37. @ acey - thank you. i want to showcase what my province can show in the upcoming posts. hope you all like them.

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  38. @ aline - thanks. its a lucky accident really.

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  39. @ fishing guy - each place really has something to offer and this laid-back city is no exception. thanks.

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  40. @ panaderos - the place is almost 90% rural so it is indeed a very laid-back place. thanks for the visit bro.

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  41. Those pictures are beautiful. It seems that you love you lens a lot. Good job.

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  42. Amazing Trail and Falls photos!!!

    Miss Mari-Nanci
    Smilnsigh
    Photos-City-Mine

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  43. wow...those are some great shots....love the falls....you have rice and we have corn....both necessities of life......hope you had a great 3 days.

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  44. Lovely compilation of shots and very interesting information.

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  45. Ang ganda ng falls!

    By the way, binoto na kita atty. norman para sa blog of the week :)

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  46. These are the kind of places I would like to see should I come there. Your pictures are beautiful!
    I voted and guess who is in the lead!!

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  47. never know there's a city named palayan because i've never been to this side of luzon.

    really looking forward to visiting your place bro. maybe by october.

    i personally like the second and the third photo in this set. the spillway and the falls is beautiful.

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  48. parekoy, nakaboto nako. goodluck, sanan manalo ka!

    :D

    visit Lilo's blog.

    www.liloislove.blogspot.com

    thanks! :P

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  49. i bet kaya palayan ang tawag dito dahil puro palay ang tanim..heh tama ba? yung photo mo sa falls is perfect!

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  50. great shot of the falls there, i like it. voted already for you looks like your on top:D

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  51. @ dhoyM - i love landscapes and just enjoy taking shots of them. thanks for the visit and welcome to my blog.

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  52. @ smilnsigh - thanks. those subjects are just really beautiful.

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  53. @ neva - yup. and some have wheats too lols. necessities of life indeed.

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  54. @ john - thanks and i am glad i kept you interested.

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  55. @ kegler747 - maraming salamat carlo, sana manalo lols.

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  56. @ dot - it is a rat race with leaders changing by a minute. thanks for the vote and glad you like the place.

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  57. @ the dong - bro, capital yan ng nueva ecija pero di masyado dinadayo kasi mainit. ako nga ngayun ko lang din na-explore yung place.

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  58. @ kurisujae - salamat parekoy. can't wait to see lilo, tyak mapupuno blog mo ng pics nya.

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  59. @ dakilang islander - pwede rin lols. capital kasi sya ng nueva ecija which is the rice capital of the philippines kaya nga siguro palayan city tawag lols.

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  60. @ dailyphotographer - thanks bro for liking the pic and for voting. see yah around.

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  61. Kamag-anak ba ni Bayani Fernando ang designer ng welcome arch? he he. Favorite color e.

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  62. ganda ng pahingahan spillway at pahingahan falls...=)
    nakaboto na ako=)

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  63. Lovely sets of photos. I love the last photo of the waterfall. Very beautiful and yes you got my vote. :)

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  64. The Lake and the Falls are breath-taking! Hehehe.. Thanks for sharing!

    BTW, I VOTED FOR YAH!

    http://tiklaton.blogspot.com

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  65. nakaboto na po ako sir a! heheheh!

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  66. Hi! I voted for you! It's really my first time here and what can I say...ganda ng blog mo meyhhhn! Sarap naman you have gone to all those places. Anyway, thanks for dropping by my radio blog too...hope to see you again there. I also have a personal blog http://pin-k-oy.blogspot.com, and a news blog http://subicnewslink.blogspot.com. Good luck and I hope you win, mwah!

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  67. gosh, ang ganda naman jan, ang peaceful ng lugar. love the pics especially yung sa palay fields at lake =)

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  68. you owe me loads. I voted again. lol.

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  69. can't remember if I had visit your blog before but nevertheless, you have wonderful pictures here and it's a nice way to travel through your photos,

    thanks for your visit

    -lissa

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  70. These photos are just wonderful. I especially love the lake photo, it's so serene looking, and I love the way you captured the light in the spillway photo. Great post, and yes, I'll vote for you. :)

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  71. Magaganda po silang lahat. Sobrang ganda ang waterfalls. Nakaka-touched

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  72. @ r-yo - panyero mukha nga kasi pink lols. btw, yan ang nanalong best welcome sign sa ginanap na contest ng provincial capitol ng nueva ecija.

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  73. @ rio - i agree doc, napaka refreshing tingnan. salamat sa vote.

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  74. @ alicesg - double thanks for the nice comment and the vote.

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  75. @ marky - the weather cooperated that time kaya ayos ang kinalabasan bro. salamat sa vote.

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  76. @ pinkoy - thanks. subic is one of my fave place to go for the beach and shopping of course. i'll visit your blog too. take care.

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  77. @ carlotta1924 - thanks maganda talagang subject ang mga landscapes dito.

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  78. @ jerla oh lalala, MarlyMS and KJVD - thanks a lot for the vote guys.

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  79. @ 2lives - thanks. it is my pleasure to share pics of my travel to all of you.

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  80. @ sherry - thanks for appreciating the photos and for voting also. take care.

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  81. @ nanaybelen - ganda ng effect nay ng low apperture. parang bulak ang flow ng falls.

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  82. Those water falls are just magnificent. Your blogging is great as usual.

    Also, my dog is a long haired miniature miniature dachshund. She is a great dog.

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  83. I think people are just moving on a really laid back pace here which can get really boring if you're used to the fast paced urban lifestyle.

    Ganda ng falls, man made sya?

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  84. @ travis - thanks, just lucky to have wandered around the place.

    thanks for the info about your dog.

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  85. @ ferdz - that's true. urbanites can find the pace of rural really boring.

    yes, the falls is man-made and a spillway connects it to the lake above.

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  86. Ilang segundo akong hindi nakahinga dahil sa ganda ng talon!

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  87. I hope that 5 or 10 years from now, the rice fields are still rice fields and not some golf courses where some corrupt individuals spend the time of their lives.

    Anyway, the pictures are amazing. I hope you can visit Mindoro Occidental soon.

    *cheers

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  88. I never thought they have that in Palayan... and I live there... nice pictures. Nicely done.

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  89. This city is ver laid back.... btw, is the falls man made or is it a natural body of water? thanks

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