For the longest time, I’ve been dying to visit Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan. A four-hour travel from Manila, the property is filled with traditional houses where guests can stay overnight or for an extended period of time should they so wish. Ever since my mom first went there and sent me pictures, I had my heart set on going no matter what. Its 18th century charm really lured me in. So when my aunt asked me to organize a family trip, I was more than happy to take the chance to finally go and see the place for myself.
We left for Bataan early in the morning and we arrived at 9AM. There weren’t much traffic so we were really happy because we didn’t want to spend so many hours inside the van. Las Casas is very easy to find because there are signs that serve as a guide once you reach Bataan.
Upon reaching the property, we got off in the parking lot and a jeepney came to fetch us to bring us to where all the houses are. We were dropped off at the starting point of the day tours. The guided tours let you stroll around the whole area with a tour guide explaining where each casa came from and what sets them apart from others (and they have a lot).
You can join the Heritage Walk that starts every hour with the earliest being at 8:30 in the morning and the latest at 4:30 in the afternoon. It lasts for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
We didn’t join the guided tours because we wanted to explore the place at our own pace (hey, that rhymes!) so I don’t have any informative snippets to share with you guys. 😀 The only interesting thing that I could tell you is that each casa (Spanish for house) comes from different parts of the Philippines which were deconstructed, and transferred to Bataan where all of it were reconstructed piece by piece!
Each house were reconstructed and restored in the same manner that they were originally built to ensure that the houses would not lose its authenticity. The houses came from Tondo, Quiapo, and Binondo in Manila, as well as from Quezon City, Bulacan, Pampanga, La Union, Ilocos, and Cagayan.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar have a total of 14 houses with each one named after the place/city from where they were originally built. They also have a church, restaurant, bakery, swimming pool, and beach.
I was already amazed with the pictures that my mom took when she visited a few months ago but when I saw the place for myself, it was more than I could have ever imagined. It was beautiful! It felt like I was walking around in the 18th century. The cobble stoned walkways are amazing and the details of the houses are just absolutely accurate. It was a lot of fun too because visitors can go inside the houses and that they can rent it too!
We would have loved to stay overnight but it’s too costly for an overnight stay. Maybe when my cousins and I are already working we can treat our parents (and ourselves!!). 😛 It was an amazing experience and I’m just so glad that I got to go before the year came to an end.