For someone who excelled really much in Sibika at Kultura/HeKaSi from elementary to high school and got an uno, in first name basis and FB friends with my History 1 college professor, yes! This kind of historic adventure really did catch my eye! Excuse the grade bragging, just so much of a history buff myself. Hihi.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is an alfresco and a heritage park at the same time. Situated in Bagac, Bataan such is an ultimate escape for all the history enthusiasts (or just Curious Georges) out there. Owned by Gerry Acuzar, an architect and the person behind the New San Jose Builders (those who constructed the Philippine Arena), this 400-hectare esplanade is devoted to rebuild old Spanish houses and mansions based on its cultural, historical and architectural value.
We availed of their Express Deal which includes a round trip shuttle service from New World Hotel in Makati to Bagac. Another designated area is in Astoria Plaza in Ortigas. Just choose the pick-up/drop off point closer to you and be reminded of the meeting time.
Alternative routes in case you wanted to drive down there (according to their website):
Bataan is accessible via the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX). There are buses running direct to Balanga town proper. Balanga Town proper is about 125 kms. northwest from Manila. From Olongapo City, you may take the Victory Liner Buses. Tricycles and jeepneys are the primary modes of transport around Bataan.
You may go through the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark, Pampanga or through the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminals in Manila and make the necessary land transfers.
Las Casas Filipinas is located 20 kilometers away from the Mt. Samat Shrine. From the Japanese Friendship Tower in Bagac, turn left and the resort is 2 kilometers away.
What We Did
My bf already suggested for us to go Las Casas last year however the means to get there was a challenge. Big thanks to our awareness of their package deals, we finally got to visit this astounding place. Might be a little bit pricey but it was worth it. Lahat naman ng bagay napag-iipunan di ba?!
I will let the tour guides go through with the specifics of the houses. I, on the other hand, will just showcase my favorites among all those we have seen. Brace yourself by some vintage beauty. Because old does not necessarily mean ugly.
Sanctuario de San Jose
When we got there, there was a wedding to be officiated. The red bricks captivated me and made us come back for a second look.
The interiors of these house was just superb! Chandeliers, wooden floors, lavish paintings…aaahhh! Luxury at its finest. If only I could afford to stay even for a night.
One of my favorites in Las Casas. I bet this is quite new as this is somehow not part of the tour yet. Would like to know the backstory on this building somehow.
Hotel de Oriente
The exteriors are definitely exquisite. Would love to see what’s inside but it will cost us P200 per person so we decided not to enter for now. We resorted to appreciate its beauty from the outside.
Casa Baliuag II
This house was originally situated in the compound of the INC in Bulacan.
Other sights to see:
• Don’t forget to put on some sunscreen.
• Join the tours before lunch or after the 1:30 pm tour. People tend to swarm the after lunch tour since they have already eaten and might want to stretch their legs out a bit. Haha.
• Hydrate! Bring a bottle of water most especially if it is sunny outside.
Travel Expense Summary
Divide by 2
|RT Shuttle + Heritage Tour||
|La Bella Teodoro Lunch||
You may visit Las Casas Filipinas’ website or call them at +63 2 332 5338 / +63 2 332 5286 for inquiries and/or reservations.