Nueva Ecija

Palayan City Founding Anniversary

Palayan City Founding Anniversary is celebrated in the city of Palayan, Nueva Ecija, Philippines every December 5. The date may be declared a special nonworking holiday in the city by virtue of executive issuance such as Proclamation No. 1235 in 2021.

History of Palayan City

Palayan City began as landlocked habitat for indigenous tribes of Aetas, Dumagats, Kankanaeys, and Kalanguyans. As the province of Nueva Ecija was organized, it then belonged to the jurisdiction of Bongabon and became a government-owned property under the Bureau of Animal Industry as a farm for animal development.

On June 19, 1965, it was transformed into not only a city but also the capital of Nueva Ecija pursuant to Republic Act No. 4475, otherwise known as “An Act Establishing the New Capital of the Province of Nueva Ecija, Creating the City of Palayan, Providing a Charter Therefor, and for other Purposes.”

Its territory included the villages that used to be part of the nearby towns of Bongabon, Ganaderia, Laur, and Malate.

President Diosdado Macapagal afterwards issued Proclamation No. 495, as stated by the RA 4475, that fixed the date of the formal organization of the city on the fifth of December, 1965. This is the date of the annual founding anniversary of the city.

A largely agricultural urban site, its agricultural output includes crops such as corn, rice, onion, and calamansi. It is also known as the location of the biggest military reservation in the Philippines, Fort Magsaysay, which was created through Presidential Proclamation No. 237 that was issued by President Ramon Magsaysay on December 19, 1995.

Palayan City Founding Anniversary Activities

In 2023, the calendar of activities spanned between December 1 and 5. Among the events were variety show, carabao race, entertainment programs, concerts, caravan, Calaman-Sayawan (street dance and cultural dance competition, marching band exhibition, and Larong Pinoy (traditional games).

How to reach Palayan City, Nueva Ecija

Catch a bus from Metro Manila (from Cubao) to Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, which is going to take about three to four hours of land travel. From Cabanatuan City, take a ride to Palayan City which is about 14 kilometers away.


Palayan City Founding Anniversary Summary

NamePalayan City Founding Anniversary
CelebrationFounding Anniversary
Contact(044) 456 7332
DateDecember 5
LocationPalayan City, Nueva Ecija
OrganizerCity Government of Palayan