Las Casas Filipinas: A Place Like No Other
Did you ever wanted to step back in time of the forgotten era of our heroes?
Experience a blast from the historic past in an otherworldly resort in Bataan.
This review may a bit too late now but still, I can’t opt not sharing it. Many have sent me direct messages from my social media accounts, asking where the picturesque places of my posts were taken. And they couldn’t believe that it was just somewhere in Central Luzon, Philippines.Ollah! Welcome to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar!Las Casas Filipinas is set in a vast property fronting the sea, along Umagol river, in Brgy. Pagasa Bagac, Bataan. A place like no other, a one of its kind. The owner of New San Jose Builders, José “Gerry” Acuzar, started rebuilding Spanish colonial-era mansions in Bagac in 2003. Spread over 400 hectares, the park features a collection of 27 Spanish colonial-era buildings, with the entire site made to resemble a period settlement.And in 2010, the heritage park was opened to public. The resort has a restaurant, a beach, calesa rides and a swimming pool. It plans to have 50 such heritage houses. The houses were chosen based on their historical, cultural and architectural value.Las Casas Filipinas showcases architectural pieces from different parts of the country which were carefully assembled brick by brick. It is definitely the perfect place to immerse in the mesmerizing time of our country’s historic past and solely admire the beauty and wonder of 18th century architecture.The houses were often of “stone houses” type, which have stone foundations on the first floor and made of wood on the second floor. These houses were carefully dismantled, transplanted from around the Philippines. Each house was dismantled in situ brick by brick, numbered, transported to the Bagac site, where they were reassembled and restored. For parts that were missing, woodwork and bricks were replicated to resemble the original structure.
The serene and relaxing ambiance will make you stay not only for a day. And I did regret though. A day tour may be short of a time to take in the beauty that it is but an entire weekend would suffice for that matter.This was one of my fave window view.One thing I have to warn you though.
This may not be your usually cheap budget, but it’s all worth it.I don’t know if you get that same feeling of nostalgia that I get whenever I see old colonial houses and churches or if you find so much beauty in those rustic heritage. It’s not just the nostalgic vibe or the intricacy of architecture that gets me every time, but it’s that feeling of being taken back in the past, of having a vision of what was it like back then.The owner indeed had a great concept of restoring the casas. The stories behind the houses during the guided tour made them more meaningful and unique. Everything was a delight and I’m definitely gonna come back.
Oh! I missed this!
As of July 2017 Entrance fee for Day tour costs 40sgd (1500Php), 3 course meal included.There’s more to it than just taking pictures. There’s a beach where you can swim and surf all you want, a heritage tour (AM and PM schedules are available), a riverboat cruise that will take you around the place using the Umagol River, a kalesa ride or even an afternoon yacht! Details here.How To Get There: It is approximately 4 hours away from Manila and an hour drive from Subic. If you’re commuting, their website has instructions on how to easily get there! It’s a resort so you definitely can sleep there! While the room is not your usual modern hotel that you’re used to, it surely would be nice to experience at least once! Room rates here.
And before I end this post, I would like to thank Bea’s Travel and Tours. Bei also has an Airbnb unit in Subic, where I stayed for a couple of days. Thankkk you sooo much for making my Subic trip damn fantastic! Catch my next post, Things to do in Subic, soon!