I love History! I love anything vintage and oldies. If there is really a time machine I will be more than happy to volunteer on traveling back in time. When I was a child I really love reading history books, I’m so curious about the past, actually when I was young I dreamed of becoming a historian, someone who researches, studies and writes about the past. I strongly believed that understanding the past is indeed a universal human need.
I was invited by Jonathan’s dad last May 10, 2015 for a surprise birthday celebration of Jonathan’s mother and they told me we are going to Bataan. Bataan is one of the many towns in the Philippines that is full of history remembered for the Death March prisoners during World War II. The family decided to experience Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (literally meaning “The Philippine houses of Acuzar”) it was a double celebration, since it was also a mother’s day that time. Las Casas Filipinas is located on the sea-side, along Umagol river, in Barangay Pag-asa, Bagac, Bataan Philippines. This is a heritage park built by José “Gerry” Acuzar, owner of the New San Jose Builders and history art collector. It is a 2-3 hours drive from the hustle and bustle in the metro.
If you want to go somewhere historical then this place is a perfect choice. Spread over 400 hectares, the resort features a collection of 30 Spanish Colonial buildings and stone houses (bahay na bato in Tagalog) that is already centuries-old planned to resemble a settlement reminiscent of the period. The old houses are mostly Spanish design which will really let you travel back in time. These heritage houses were painstakingly transferred and carefully dismantled, brick by brick from their original locations in the different parts of the Philippines and carefully restored by the resort’s artists. These houses were rehabilitated to resemble the original structure. The parts that were missing like woodwork and bricks were replicated to resemble the original structure.
Some known Heritage Houses inside the resort
- Casa Baliuag 1
- Casa Baliuag 2
- Casa Cagayan
- Casa Candaba
- Two houses from Jaen, Nueva Ecija, originated from the Esquivel clan.
- Casa Lubao
- Casa Mexico
- Casa Luna
- Paseo de Escolta
- Casa Bizantina
- Casa Meycauayan
- Casa Unisan
- Casa Hidalgo
- Casa Biñan (Alberto House)
- Casa Jaen I
Lola Basyang Bridge
I was really mesmerize by the architectural design of the resort. It will definitely give you the feel and a glimpse on the way of life of the Filipinos during the Spanish era, from 1521 to 1898, when the Philippines was under the Spanish rule. The houses dates from the 18th to 19th centuries and constellate the recreated village of cobblestone streets, small plazas and outdoor sculpture. The place is very picturesque and perfect for special occasions like debut, anniversary and wedding.
Feeling Hungry? Don’t worry there are varieties of restaurant to choose inside the resort. If you love Italian cuisines then head over to La Bella Teodora they offer authentic Italian cuisine. The place was originally owned by the family of Teodora Alonzo. It was originally located in front of the town plaza in Biñan, Laguna. If Italian is not your kind of food and your craving for some Filipino-Spanish cuisines then satisfy your cravings and visit Cafe Marivent which caters Filipino-Spanish cuisine. It was originally set in Casa Unisan which was transferred to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar year 2007. It was originally built year 1839 as the very first bahay na bato in Unisan Quezon under the ownership of the Maxino family. There is also Panaderia de la Escolta where you can buy century old recipes of breads, cakes and pastries served fresh daily open 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM during Weekdays and 6:30 AM to 10:00 PM during Weekends. If ever you get tired of walking around and you feel like eating some traditional native Filipino street foods then you can always feel free to drop by at Comida de la Calle (Plaza Belmonte).
Inside the resort are guided walking tours with tour guides dressed in the old traditional Filipino clothes. They will share and explain the stories behind each of the houses and some of the famous land marks. The rate varies, there are day tours and overnight stay or you also have the option to stay for a few days.
- Package 1 (set meal) …………… Php 1,200.00 nett per person
- Package 2 (buffet meal) ………. Php 1,500.00 nett per person
- Guaranteed minimum of 30 persons required to avail of buffet arrangement.
- 30 minutes to 1 hour guided tour of the Heritage Houses
- Entrance fee and use of beach area
- 1 lunch, afternoon snack, 2 tetra-pack juices, 2 bottles of mineral water
- Vicinity map
- All taxes and service charge
Option 1: Entrance fee with snacks
- Php 850.00 nett per person (Adult)
- Php 425.00 nett per person (Child)
Option 2: Entrance fee only
- Php 685.00 nett per person
(Adult and children 5 years old and up; toddlers free of charge and I think those who are living in Bataan have discount)
If you would like to stay over night you need to check the availability first of your preferred type of room and schedule or for more info you can visit their website at http://lascasasfilipinas.com/lc/.
Disclaimer: I was not paid or sponsored to write a blog and endorse Las Casas Filpinas De Acuzar. Every thing shared is purely base from my experience of the place.