I’ve been wanting to visit this place in Bagac, Bataan for a long time maybe because it got too much media mileage. Luckily, I was finally able to visit it last October 15 (yay for me!).
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is a 400 hectares heritage resort located in Bagac, Bataan. It is owned by art collector Architect Jose Rizalino “Jerry” Acuzar, which aims to showcase our Filipino heritage.
The resort features a collection of 27 Spanish Colonial Buildings from the 18th to early 20th century of the Philippines which were carefully broke down and carefully reconstructed piece by piece from Manila (Binondo, Tondo and Quiapo), Quezon, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, La Union, Ilocos and Cagayan to Bagac for rehabilitation and reconstruction. Some houses are just replicas but each house has its own unique story of love, lust, and murder during the period of Philippine history.
There are mansions, stone houses, and even wooden houses on stilts, replete with cobblestone streets, sidewalks, and even bridges.
Las Casas Experience:
Upon entering the gate, the guard who let us in was dressed as a guardia civil. Actually, all of their staffs were dressed in period costumes. There is a designated parking area and vehicles are only allowed to enter the cobblestone section to drop off and pick up passengers.
There are about 14 or more houses have been turned into museums. You can rent anything there from a room to a whole multiple-room mansion (enough big families and for a small company outing). Prices are quite expensive to outrageously expensive. We heard rates going up to PHP 250,000 per night for the biggest ones.
Besides the historical houses, the heritage site also offers cultural elements in the place. You can find antique tools that were used during the old times. Every corner is beautiful. Every step you make gives you a sense of pride for our country’s history, appreciating deeper of how Philippines was before.
They have a small pool and a beach for the guests. They also have a gaming area where you can play billiards and darts.
The beach was okay, usable, and very long (both length and width), but is definitely not white.
Swimming pool. The deepest part is only 4 feet.
Guided tours are scheduled every couple of hours or so. The whole tour is entirely by foot (but you can ride the free service jeep going back and forth to the starting point once the tour is done, for picture taking, just like what we did).
The tour guide talks about some interesting facts about each house, where it was came from, the family that owned it, the condition they found it in. The structures were so beautiful, and I can’t help but admire all that attention to detail that are seen in both the interiors and the exteriors of these heritage houses. She will also show you some of the antique appliances and furniture used during the Spanish period such as a phonograph, sofa, electric fan, iron, vintage typewriter, radio, projector, etc.
THINGS/ACTIVITIES TO DO IN LAS CASAS:
- Heritage Tour
- Picture Taking under the SUPER HOT SUN!
- Ride a Balsa in the Umagol River (P500)
- Either in the beach or the pool
- Some pools are exclusive only for overnight guests
- Biking (P150php/hour)
- Watch the sunset
- Play games (no admission fee. They have an entertainment facility where you can play games like billiards and darts)
- Umbrella (for the sun & rain)
- Water (perfect for the hot weather)
- Swimming attire (if you decided to swim in the pool. This is REQUIRED.)
- Some extra clothes
- SUNBLOCK (trust me, this is really NEEDED. You will regret it, if you don’t put on sunblock)
- Bring your best photo-snapping gear.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is definitely a place that will let you have a taste of our country’s past. It is one of those places wherein you can never take a bad picture.
Highly Recommended. But I suggest that plan your trip when its summer because the weather will just make you feel irritated and more tiring.
NOTE: Don’t forget to wear your best yet comfortable OOTD, wear easy-to-remove footwear. Shoes are not allowed inside any of the houses. There are 14 houses.
You will not need an entire day for the tour. We were still able to visit another attraction—Mount Samat National Shrine (so watch out for that on the next post).
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
- Location: Bo. Pagasa, Bagac, Bataan
- Contact Number: +63 2 332 5338 +63 2 332 5286
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://lascasasfilipinas.com