"Pride in the past. Hope for the Future".
Let me start by apologizing ~ this post is picture heavy.
I simply can't decide which pictures to choose. Choosing just a few from hundred (I am not joking) pictures we've taken was just no possible.
So please bear with me...
Welcome to the Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
It is a Heritage and Convention Center developed by New San Jose Builders under Mr. Gerry Acuzar, located in Bagac Bataan.
One can re-live age-old Filipino traditions and way of living within the resort's walls with the luxuries and comforts of contemporary time.
Amenities include: the Napiya Spa, a swimming pool, private beach, gaming center, 3 restaurants, conference and banquet facilities, cultural shows, and heritage tours.
The first one was 4 years ago. Las Casas has improved much since our last visit.
Check here: Our visit to Las Casas in 2013.
We were back for our second time to accompany my "balikbayan" brother and his wife.
We arrive at Las Casas at 2pm just in time for check-in, rested a bit and joined the last heritage tour of the day which starts at 430pm. Timing was perfect as the sun was already setting and not as scorching.
Our Beautiful Tour Guide, Ms. Kesha.
The tour started with a pocket performance of the history of one of the houses (Casa Unisan).
Story has it that Casa Unisan was raided by bandits, killing all of the members of the household except for the youngest child of the owner, who escaped. She was placed inside a laundry basket by one of the house helpers.
One of the four Casa Cagayan houses located along the shoreline of the resort. These are often referred to a "Poor Man's House". These house are currently occupied by the artists of Las Casas.
Paseo de Escolta is a replica of typical buildings in Escolta Manila.
It is a strip of commercial establishments at the ground floor, housing Tess the Farmer, La Tiendecitas, La Panederia, Fotographia de la Escolta and Antiquedades.
Casa Luna (1850)
This mansion was originally owned by a prominent Novicio family of Namacpacan, La Union. It was renamed to Casa Luna in honor of the brothers Antonio and Juan Luna.
Casa Jaen I
This house was owned by the Esquivel Family and was used to house the first Mayor of Jaen, Nueva Ecija.
Casa Quiapo used to house the Escuela de Bellas Artes Filipinas.
The house's ground floor entrance felt like a medieval castle.
Casa Binan is a two (2) storey house built by Gregorio Alonzo (maternal uncle of Jose Rizal) in the 16th Century. This house has a dark story, folklore has it that Mr. Alonzo's wife had an affair here with one of the Guardia Civil.
If you have seen movie Heneral Luna, this back drop is sure to ring a bell.
Our group crossed this bridge called Tulay ni Lola Basyang. According to tour guide this bridge was modelled after the Jone's Bridge located in Manila.
The iconic Lola Basyang.
This is my favorite house of those we have visited due to its wonderful vista.
We ended the tour with a picture perfect Bataan sunset.
It was truly an enjoyable-educational day at Las Casas de Acuzar.
See and experience its beauty and leave with a better appreciation of the Filipino culture and heritage.
Please check out our Las Casas Accommodation by following the link below:
Brgy. Ibaba, Bagac, Bataan
Landline: (+632) 332-5286 (+632) 877-4501 (+632) 332-5338 (+632) 355-3032
Front Desk Mobile: 0917-537-8418 (Sundays & Holidays only)
Landline: (045) 300-3265, (045) 300-3272
Mobile: 0927-843-5449 (Roanne C. Palad), 0956-506-8939 (Ezeel Maan Cruz)