Have you ever heard or seen this cool place called Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar located in Bagac, Bataan? It’s a cool place because all the corners are picture-worthy and “Instagrammable”. All the details are so impressive.
I recently went there to visit with my family to check it out. I actually visited it before some time in 2015, but at the time, most of the traditional houses and heritage sites were still under construction. Now, it’s a flourishing hotel and resort featuring the Philippines back in circa 1800s. From their website, they dub it as a destination resort. I couldn’t agree more, especially if you’re a Philippine history and culture enthuasiast.
Since it’s a resort, the vibe is very different compared to the traditional heritage sites that we have in the Philippines. You may think you’re walking along the cobbled-streets of Vigan, yet you can hear the ocean nearby. Some of the old houses can feel like you’re having a field trip in Intramuros, but when you see the view from atop the veranda, you can see mountains and rice fields. I also felt like being in Taal, Batangas, because they also had that place where you can take “sepia-style” photos in traditional Filipino costumes .
When we visited, we opted for the day trip tour with lunch for Php2000 per head. It might seem expensive at first, but it’s a full day of touring all the old houses, plus, you can use all the resort’s amenities such as the swimming pool, the kalesas, the jeepneys, and the river cruise. The lunch is a good quality of set meals – with about three viands, soup, rice and desserts. We were a group of 6 people at the time and the food was just enough for us.
Aside from visiting every house, I think what’s worth exploring was the 1-hour river cruise. Having come from Venice recently, some of the nooks and corners of Las Casas while on the boat actually looked like old Venezia – and I find this very amusing. They could’ve put a miniature “gondola” there, complete with singing boatmen, except that they should sing Filipino folk songs instead.
Some of the houses are also open for rent, and I think that would work well if you’re having a grand event, like a wedding, and the theme is Filipino.
When and if you’re going to visit, I suggest to wear just slippers for comfort and convenience. You should also come early, because the tour can last for half a day. And if you intend to take a lot of photos every time, it will even take longer! Visit their website to see and know more.
I hope you’re doing well today, my friend! Take Care!