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Monday, November 09, 2015

Backtrack to old Philippines (Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar)

After driving all the way to Mount Samat for me and my bff's double birthday celebration, we decided to take our lunch in the neighboring town of Balanga because food establishments are limited in Pilar area. What others do when visiting Mount Samat, they bring their own food and share it with their companions in picnic style. After our heavy lunch, we took the road again heading Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. Las Casas is on the same road as Mount Samat. Distance between the two locations is about 20 kilometers more or less an hour travel time.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (The Philippine Houses of Acuzar) is a 400 hectares heritage park and resort located in Bagac Bataan built by José “Gerry” Acuzar, owner of the New San Jose Builders and history art collector. Entrance fee is 680 pesos for day tour with guided tour, welcome drink and cold towel. You can also use the resort's facilities including the swimming pool and witness the cultural show every 6 in the evening. Guided tour usually takes 1 and ½ hour which will bring you to different beautiful restored houses. 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.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Some of the old houses you can see at Las Casas. Guests are allowed to enter to some of the houses just remove your footwear first


Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar


Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Old milk can

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Old way to iron clothes

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Mosaic interior

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Walking tour

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

First Class hotel in the area is Hotel De Oriente from Binono Manila. 

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Hotel De Oriente
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Hotel De Orient

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Hotel De Orient

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Lola Basyang bridge


Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar walking tour

Cultural show


Generally, our historical tour in Bataan was so memorable. Not only we have got the opportunity to see the beauty Bataan has to offer but the chance to get a glimpse of the province’s rich culture and history. A history every youth should know and appreciate to ignite their heart for the love of country that can be passed on the next generation. 

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