In­side Ac­cess

Travel back in time at Las Casas Filip­inas de Acuzar in Bataan

Philippine Tatler Traveller - - Contents -

Aptly named, Las Casas Filip­inas de Acuzar tells of the rich his­tory of our coun­try. “Las Casas” refers to a col­lec­tion of old houses from all over the Philip­pines, trans­ported brick by brick and plank by plank to Bataan, where the 400-hectare prop­erty nes­tles. “Acuzar” is the fam­ily name of the vi­sion­ary man whose bound­less love for Philip­pine art and cul­ture brought Las Casas Filip­inas de Acuzar to ex­is­tence.

Walk­ing through the cob­ble­stone streets within the prop­erty, one will def­i­nitely be amazed at how these noble-class man­sions and wooden stilt houses were re­built. But it is not just about the houses; it is about the peo­ple be­hind these houses that give it im­por­tance. The sto­ries be­hind these houses de­pict the kind of life Filipinos had dur­ing those times. As Win­ston Churchill once said, “We shape our build­ings; there­fore, they shape us.”

The Philip­pine ex­pe­ri­ence is unique from the rest of Asia. Once a Span­ish colony that came un­der Amer­i­can rule, it is the only pre­dom­i­nantly Ro­man Catholic coun­try in the re­gion to­day. It is a melt­ing pot of in­flu­ences and cul­tures, and the gate­way to the rest of South­east Asia. It is this unique­ness that Las Casas Filip­inas de Acuzar has cap­i­talised on to cre­ate the best her­itage re­sort in Asia through a prop­erty that show­cases the Philip­pines' glo­ri­ous past.

Guests at Las Casas Filip­inas de Acuzar may opt to em­bark on a her­itage walk, or, for a unique ex­pe­ri­ence, a balsa (raft) cruise along the Umagol River, which al­lows one to view the casas from a panoramic dis­tance. The balsa tour ends at Ho­tel de Ori­ente, an ex­act replica of the first premier ho­tel in Bi­nondo dur­ing the colo­nial times. As a con­ven­tion cen­tre, Ho­tel de Ori­ente fea­tures two main func­tion halls: Bi­nondo Hall and Manila Hall, which can each host 1,000 guests. The Manila Hall cur­rently houses Marivent, an all-day din­ing restau­rant that serves Filipino and Span­ish fare. If a day tour is not enough, guests can also stay overnight in any of the charm­ing colo­nialin­spired rooms or pri­vate casas. One can also en­joy a re­fresh­ing dip on the beach or in the batis- in­spired swim­ming pool.

Whether it be ed­u­ca­tional and his­tor­i­cal or for fun and re­lax­ation, the Las Casas Filip­inas de Acuzar ex­pe­ri­ence is truly re­mark­able. It lets one see how these houses have shaped the Filipinos and their lives. CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP: The 51-sqm Casa Ladrillo can com­fort­ably fit a fam­ily of four; in­side the replica of the iconic Ho­tel de Ori­ente; the largest room at Casa Byzantina is named af­ter the Span­ish ar­chi­tect Joan Josep Jose Her­vas y Ariz­mendi

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