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