The per­fect her­itage des­ti­na­tion

Las Casas Filip­inas de Acuzar:

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BAGAC, Bataan - In the fast-paced world of in­ter­net and tech­nol­ogy nowa­days, peo­ple are crav­ing for an es­cape from the hus­tle and bus­tle of the real world. A time travel to when ev­ery­thing was light and sim­ple seems to be im­pos­si­ble, but not in Las Casas Filip­inas de Acuzar.

Lo­cated in the town of Bagac in Bataan, Las Casas Filip­inas de Acuzar trans­ports back tourists to the glory days of his­toric towns across the Philip­pines fea­tur­ing his­tor­i­cal and well-de­signed houses, cob­ble­stone streets and bridges dur­ing the 18th cen­tury.

A beach re­sort, con­ven­tion cen­ter and her­itage des­ti­na­tion in one, Las Casas Filip­inas de Acuzar boasts of a unique am­bi­ence that best de­picts the rich ar­chi­tec­tural her­itage of the Philip­pines com­ple­mented with nat­u­ral view of the moun­tains, rice fields, and run­ning river.

Las Casas Filip­inas de Acuzar fea­tures 60 an­ces­tral casas (houses), wherein 38 were the ac­tual struc­tures that were care­fully de­con­structed at their ori­gin site, and in­tri­cately re­con­structed in the Bataan prop­erty, and then pre­served, while the re­main­ing 22 were repli­cas that metic­u­lously copied from archived pho­tographs of the struc­ture.

Las Casas Filip­inas de Acuzar Gen­eral Man­ager Romeo Co said that some of the houses were ac­quired by owner Jose “Jerry” Acuzar, while most were do­nated by its own­ers in ex­change for their restora­tion and preser­va­tion.

“Las Casas Filip­inas de Acuzar is a big, open-air mu­seum it­self. Each house has its own unique story that con­trib­uted to ei­ther the his­tory of its ori­gin place, or to the Philip­pines as a whole,” Co said.

Aside from the his­toric casas, each cor­ner and struc­ture in the 400-hectare prop­erty is also pic­turesque in­clud­ing the Tu­lay ni Lola Basyang with the replica of the Ho­tel de Ori­ente, the first lux­ury ho­tel in the Philip­pines as one of its back­drops, the replica of trains used in the 80’s in Manila, and the fine beach coast fac­ing Bagac bay.

Fla­vors of Las Casas Las Casas Filip­inas de Acuzar is keen in in­tro­duc­ing tourists to the Philip­pine town’s cul­ture and her­itage not only through the scenic views but also through a re­mark­able gas­tro­nomic ad­ven­ture fea­tur­ing the place’s renowned cuisines.

For the month of March, Las Casas Filip­inas de Acuzar is fea­tur­ing an ar­ray of food se­lec­tions fea­tur­ing the re­mark­able cuisines from dif­fer­ent places in the Philip­pines in its “Fla­vors of Las Casas” of­fer­ing.

Start­ing March 16, sa­vor the di­verse taste of Filipino cul­ture with the her­itage re­sort’s fea­tured del­i­ca­cies. In­spired by the Span­ish em­panada, this month’s fea­tured Ilo­cos Em­panada is a deep fried snack with long­gan­isa, pa­paya, mung beans, eggs, and its sig­na­ture or­ange rice flour base. Sat­isfy your Ilo­cano crav­ings at Casa Luna ev­ery week­ends from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Also in­cluded in the Fla­vors of Las Casas of­fer­ing are na­tive fa­vorites from La­guna such Puto Bi­nan, Su­man Latik, and Mini Buko Pie which can be tasted at Casa Biñan.

Com­plete her­itage ex­pe­ri­ence

The visit to Las Casas Filip­inas de Acuzar does not end on its in­sta­gram-wor­thy view. It also of­fers dif­fer­ent epic plays and shows to ed­u­cate tourists of the rich his­tory of the Philip­pines and its peo­ple.

This week­end, Rene Vil­lanueva’s epic play en­ti­tled “Hul­ing Gabi sa Maragon­don” which un­rav­eled the truth about the death of Supremo An­dres Boni­fa­cio de­buted in Las Casas Filip­inas de Acuzar.

Play Di­rec­tor Car­los “Bong” Ramos said that the play’s show­ing de­picts the true story be­hind the death of Boni­fa­cio or­dered by Emilio Aguinaldo which hap­pens to be left be­hind in the his­tory classes in the Philip­pines.

“This play is very sig­nif­i­cant in our his­tory es­pe­cially that the let­ter of Emilio Aguinaldo or­der­ing the killing of An­dres Boni­fa­cio was re­cently dis­cov­ered and made pub­lic. This is a Philip­pine his­tory that must be known es­pe­cially by the younger gen­er­a­tion,” Ramos said.

Co, mean­while, said that the play show­ing also aims to call on the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion to in­clude in the next school year’s cur­ricu­lum the true story be­hind the death of Boni­fa­cio as proven in re­cently-dis­cov­ered let­ter.

“Las Casas Filip­inas de Acuzar fo­cuses on Mr. Acuzar’s mis­sion to bring Filipino her­itage to greater heights and we do not stop on the preser­va­tion of struc­tures alone, as we also take ex­tra step to en­sure that we can ful­fill our mis­sion,” he said.

Princess Clea Arcellaz

FLA­VORS OF LAS CASAS(L-R) Las Casas de Acuzar PR and Con­tent As­so­ciate An­gelique Sam­payan, OIC for Mar­ket­ing Jane An­dres, Ex­ec­u­tive Sous Chef James Quila and Asst. Gen­eral Man­ager Ro­ge­lio Da­canay present this month’s Fla­vors of Las Casas. -

-Princess Clea Arcellaz

LAS CASAS FILIP­INAS DE ACUZARThe pic­turesque view at the Las Casas Filip­inas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan.

Princess Clea Arcellaz

OLD MANILALas Casas Filip­inas de Acuzar fea­tures a unique am­bi­ence of the Old Manila days with the Span­ish-Filipino de­signed an­ces­tral man­sions, cob­ble­stone streets, stone benches and an­tique trains. -

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