Travel back In Time at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

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.

With the birthday celebrant Tita Susan.
As you can see most of us are wearing sun protection for our eyas because it was really hot that day!

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.

At Paseo de Escolta. Las Casas Filipinas is a sure feast on the eyes of those people who adore heritage things. A good place for those vintage lovers.
Paseo de Escolta is a replica of a hotel in Escolta, Manila way back the 1900’s

Some known Heritage Houses inside the resort

  1. Casa Baliuag 1
  2. Casa Baliuag 2
  3. Casa Cagayan
  4. Casa Candaba
  5. Two houses from Jaen, Nueva Ecija, originated from the Esquivel clan.
  6. Casa Lubao
  7. Casa Mexico
  8. Casa Luna
  9. Paseo de Escolta
  10. Casa Bizantina
  11. Casa Meycauayan
  12. Casa Unisan
  13. Casa Hidalgo
  14. Casa Biñan (Alberto House)
  15. Casa Jaen I

Lola Basyang Bridge

Jump shot selfie at 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.

Place is really clean and I must say that I was really impressed with the landscape.
A good morning walk or run or probably a simple yoga routine with this kind of view is just so perfect.
Old Carriage to complete the feel of the Spanish era.

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).

Having our lunch at Cafe Marivent
The clouds is blending so well with this almost picture perfect place. Just enough to create some drama on my photos.
Outside the replica of Casa Hidalgo (first UP Campus branch) , a heritage house originally located at Quiapo, Manila, owned by Rafael Enriquez, a Spanish peninsular and painter 
The old UP logo outside Casa Hidalgo
The old Hotel de Oriente – the country’s first premier luxury hotel located in Binondo, Manila. The Hotel de Oriente was built in 1889 by Don Manuel Perez Marqueti, the father of Luis Perez Samanillo, owner of the Perez Samanillo building in Escolta. It was a first class hotel and indeed, at one time was the only one in the entire archipelago.

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.

Rates

  • 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.

Inclusions:

  1. 30 minutes to 1 hour guided tour of the Heritage Houses
  2. Entrance fee and use of beach area
  3. 1 lunch, afternoon snack, 2 tetra-pack juices, 2 bottles of mineral water
  4. Vicinity map
  5. All taxes and service charge

Other Options:

Option 1: Entrance fee with snacks

  1. Php 850.00 nett per person (Adult)
  2. Php 425.00 nett per person (Child)

Option 2: Entrance fee only

  1. 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.

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