Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar: A Historical Tour
Last year, I received a very generous gift from a family friend, a groupon for an overnight stay at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar good for 4 people. The groupon was good until the end of May only but got extended till August. I invited my cousin Hanna to go with me and our other cousin’s son, Jasper.
How to Get to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar by commute
- We took the Genesis Bus from Cubao to Balanga, Bataan. Fare is around P200, and travel time is about 3 hours.
- After getting off at Balanga Terminal, (and after having lunch), we took a jeep going to Bagac. Fare is 47 pesos per person and travel time is 45 minutes to an hour. There’s a jeep that leaves every 30 minutes even when not full. You may inform the driver that you’re heading to Las Casas so he can drop you off at the nearest stop.
- We rode a tricycle that took us inside Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar for 10 pesos per person. It didn’t take 5 minutes to get there.
How to go back
Just backtrack your way in. The fares and schedules are almost the same.
We got there after lunch, which was later than originally planned. There was a bit of a problem when we got there because my name was not on the list of expected guests for that day. I booked and confirmed the dates a week earlier via e-mail, as instructed in the groupon, and after some deliberation, they finally got things sorted out. Fortunately, it was a lean season and there was a room available for us.
After being handed a map with tour schedules and other items part of the package, we freshened up in our room.
We stayed at a studio with loft on the 3rd floor of Paseo de Escolta. It was a lovely room, big enough for a family of 4-5. The room has two queen sized bed, a breakfast table, floor-to-ceiling cabinets and a sofa on the loft, a restroom with shower and bath, and 2 split-type air condition. With a minimum size of 68sq.m, the room has a publish rate of P8,500, as stated in their website.
As best to fit our schedule, we took the cultural tour that afternoon. Our guide, Eva, was very accommodating and spoke in Filipino. All employees and guides wear colonial outfits which gives off an authentic feel of the place. She took us around the outer part of the resort and showed us how the bricks, roof shingles, and cobblestones were recreated, and the artwork replicated. It was truly amazing!
Everything is/was hand made. From the cobbled streets to the roof shingles, from the bricks to the wall columns. They have carvers that replicate pieces from the original houses.
After the tour, we went swimming at the pool. A little rest and relaxation for us after walking around the resort. It was something I was looking forward to. I love the water and swimming is my sport. Although I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t get to do actual swimming, we mostly lounged at the rocks in the middle of the pool and took pictures.
Isn’t this scene beautiful? Perfect for a photoshoot, if you ask me.
The building being constructed in the photo above is a recreation of Hotel de Oriente, once situated in Binondo. It was Manila’s first luxury hotel, built in 1889 by Don Manuel Perez Marqueti. I think the construction is finished by now. If I remember correctly, this structure will not be offered as a hotel but as a venue for events.
The resort also has a beach, which we visited the next day. We didn’t get to swim there due to time constraints and it wasn’t ideal at the time. We did, however, walk around, wrote our names in the sand, and took pictures. There is a lifeguard on duty in case guests would engage in water sports like kayaking or bangka rides.
Our day ended with a room service dinner from the in-house restaurant, Cafe Marivent. Although the food was a bit pricey for our taste, it was more than enough for 3 persons. We ordered sinigang na baboy, fried chicken, and omelet. I could have sworn I took pictures but I can’t find them now. It was a feast! We didn’t get to finish it all.
The groupon came with free breakfast for 4 persons from the same restaurant, which we claimed the next day before the scheduled heritage walk.
Cafe Marivent is a cozy restaurant that caters delicious Filipino-Spanish cuisine. It has a capacity of 150pax, perfect for wedding receptions and other events. The food is totally worth the price!
After our fulfilling breakfast, we prepared for the heritage walking tour where we were guided, once again by Eva, to the restored houses in the resort and heard the history of each one. It brought back memories from things I learned in grade school, and it was so cool to see these houses in real life. It was inspiring.
Now, I didn’t take notes which house is which, but the next photos are some of the houses we toured and their insides.
Before our stay ended, we took a calesa ride around the resort. It wasn’t a pleasant ride since the whole place had cobbled streets which made the ride very bumpy.
After checking out, we left our bags at the reception and took the extra time to take more pictures.
I wanted to get souvenirs, but due to lack of funds I was only able to get my nephew/godson a t-shirt that featured the houses, which I heard he wore all the time.
There are a lot of things to do in Las Casas Filipinas that we didn’t get to cover during our trip, but we did cover the most important ones. An overnight stay is not enough to fully enjoy what the resort has to offer. It’s a great place to unwind especially for authors who are looking for inspiration. It is pricey though. Lowest room rate is Php4,875.00 for a studio deluxe good for 2 adults/2 kids during weekdays and Php5,525.00 during weekends.
Here are more photos from our trip:
All watermarked photos in this post were taken and put together by my cousin Hanna Junrie Que.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
Barangay Pag-Asa, Bagac, Bataan, Philippines
Manila Address: Mezzanine Floor Victoria Towers Timog Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines
Tel. No.: +63 2 332 5338
Fax No.: +63 2 332 5286