The perfect heritage destination
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar:
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.
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. -
LAS CASAS FILIPINAS DE ACUZARThe picturesque view at the Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan.
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. -