Roadtrip to Nueva Ecija
It was Good Friday when we left Baler and decided to visit our buddy in Bongabon Nueva Ecija and to have our lunch there, while we were on the road we encountered a processions of flagellants or penitents at the middle of the road walking barefoot. We stopped and waited the penitents to cross I just peeped out of the window, this is my first time to witness that kind of act of repentance, by whipping their back you’ll see how their blood flowed and I also noticed their skin’s swollen. When I saw it, it is feels like I’m also in pain when I saw them doing that kind of repentance, it seemed I can feel the scorching heat and stinging pain.
I watched several documentaries about the famous crucifixion in Cutud Pampanga but catholic priests do not allow doing such acts of penitence like nailing in the cross and whipping their back because of health concern, but for the devotees in this kind of penitence believed that because of their sacrifices they healed from they’re illnesses or their family.
Almost 12:00PM we arrived in their house the food served to us was bulalo I convinced myself not to eat meat I will do fasting unfortunately I hold the ladle and I can’t resist best bulalo ever I’ve tasted very scrumptious and so sinful.
Clear waters of Jordan river in Olivete
Cottages in Dupinga River
After our short visit in Jordan River we decided to revisit the Dupinga River formerly known as Sabani as Albert said it was nominated as one of the cleanest river during that time unfortunately because of fast growing number of tourists visiting the area it cannot be avoided that river was contaminated. The Dumagat indigenous locals along the area built their cottages as source of their income and you can rent as low as 300.00 it depends on the size of the cottage. As my suggestion much better to go there at off season to enjoy the scenery and tranquility of the place.
The river is surrounded by mountain ranges of Sierra Madre.
The place perfectly beautiful and the scenery really refreshing
How to get there in Dupinga River
Ride a bus bound for Cabanatuan, like Baliwag Transit, Five Star, and ES Transport at EDSA Cubao. At Cabanatuan terminal ride a jeep or bus bound to Dingalan or Gabaldon inform the driver drop you in Dupinga River, the bridge as your landmark.
By Private Car: click this link to view the map
Option 1. Take the North Luzon Express way, then exit in Sta Rita Toll Gate then proceed to the Cagayan VAlley Road, upon reaching Cabanatuan turn right to the what they call crossing, upon reaching Salupungan of Palayan City turn right again this is the last and only highway going to Gabaldon.
Option 2. Take the NLEX, exit at Dau, then enter SCTEX and exit at La Paz (last toll plaza of SCTEX). Turn right towards Zaragosa (opposite direction of Tarlac) until Sta. Rosa, Nueva Ecija. Turn left at the intersection of Sta. Rosa towards direction of Cabanatuan upon reaching Cabanatuan turn right to the what they call crossing, upon reaching Salupungan of Palayan City turn right again this is the last and only highway going to Gabaldon. Travel guide courtesy of Abert the backpacker
Roadtrip with my buddies: