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Bring back the old times at Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar(Bagac, Bataan)

Bataan – one of the famous province located in the central Luzon region of the Philippines. There are so many tourist attraction and historical places that can be found in here such as churches, beaches, Mount Samat shrine, and the Bataan nuclear power plant. Aside from these well-known landmarks, Another newest attraction and tourist destination in Bataan is the Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar.

 

If you want to go back to Spanish times and love to see old style buildings and houses, you will definitely enjoy this place.

Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar

The Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar is located in the town of Bagac, Bataan, Philippines. It occupies a land area of approximately 400 hectares. The Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar is privately owned by an architect entrepreneur Mr. José “Gerry” Acuzar. It was 10 years in the making since the year 2000 and started to operate in 2010.

 

las casas filipinas

Different houses, architectural pieces, heritage sites from a different part of the Philippines, were carefully dismantled brick by brick, reassembled then restored and combined into one place that makes you feel that you’re living in the 17-18th-century Philippines.

Why is it named Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar?

it is a Spanish term of “Ang mga bahay sa Pilipinas ni Acuzar” which is a collection of different Spanish-type houses, mansions and stone houses in the Philippines. Some of them are just a replicas and some are original houses were transplanted from their original location in Manila( Tondo, Quiapo, and Binondo), Bulacan, Pampanga, Ilocos, Cagayan Etc.

Las casas filipinas de acuzar
Las casas filipinas de acuzar
Las casas filipinas de acuzar
Las casas filipinas de acuzar

It has the Napiya Spa, a swimming pool, private beach, gaming center, 3 restaurants, conference and banquet facilities, and cultural shows.

Casa Ladrillo
Casa Ladrillo

Some houses were just a blueprints and never been build like Casa Ladrillo.

Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar

Sanctuario De San JoseA view of Sanctuario De San Jose from Casa Hagonoy

Hotel De Oriente
Hotel De Oriente

The Hotel Oriente was built in 1889 it was the first class and prestigious hotel in manila and was the only one hotel in the Philippines that time. It is originally located in Binondo at the Plaza Calderon de la Barca. By that time, Hotel De Oriente was the first to have a telephone line and the Malacañang palace. The 2015 Apec summit meeting was held in Hotel De Oriente.

 The Casas

  • Casa Irosin
  • Casa Balanga
  • Casa Gapan
  • Casa San Luis
  • Casa Bonita
  • Casa Tuguegarao
  • Casa Sta Rita
  • Casa Lemery
  • Casa La Esquina
  • Casa Hagonoy
  • Casa Terraza
  • Casa Mahayhay
  • Casa Alcuaz
  • Casa Maranao
  • Casa Biñan
  • Casa Baliuag
  • Casa Binondo
  • Casa Quiapo
  • Casa Tondo
  • Casa Meycauayan
  • Casa Lubao
  • Casa Unisan
  • Casa Jaen
  • Casa Luna
  • Casa Cagayan
  • Casa Mexico
  • Casa Candaba
  • Casa Byzantina
  • Casa San Miguel
Teodora Alonzo House Las Casas
Alberto House

Replica of Don Lorenzo Alberto Alonzo House/ Teodora Alonzo house or the Casa Biñan in Las Casas Filipinas De Acuza, it is a typical “bahay na bato” ancestral house. According to the history, it was built around 1785. This house originally located in Binan Laguna and was sold in Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar.

Inside Alberto House
Salas of Alberto House
Suclpture of Dr Josel Rizal
Sculpture of Dr. Josel Rizal inside the house of Alberto.

Las Casas filipinas - Chandelier

 

 

Casa Baliuag I

The Baliuag house was originally located at the corner of Poblacion and Burgos St. in Baliuag Bulacan, just across the Baliuag church. it once served as the municipal hall of Baliuag in the 1950’s. The house originally had elaborate adobe carvings at the facade.  While the intricate wood carvings at its bandejas define its highly floral motif.

Casa Baliuag II

The house was originally located within the compound of the Iglesia ni Kristo in Baliuag, Bulacan. The structure has a function hall used by Iglesia ni Kristo members.

Casa Cagayan

The typical house was built on stilts with the three trucks in its natural shape used as a posts/ columns, in order to give its residents extra space for relaxation, storage and livelihood activities.

Casa Candaba

The mansion was owned by the Reyes family, one of the most prominent families in Pampanga during the 1780’s and was used as the residence of the Spanish Gobernador general when visiting the Pampanga.

Casa Jaen I

Thes served as the residence of the first Mayor in Jaen.

Casa Mexico

The house was built based on an old photograph which the owner used in reconstructing the house.

Casa Luna

The mansion was originally owned by a prominent Novicio family of Namacpacan, no La Union and it was built in circa 1850.

Paseo De Escolta

The strip of supposedly commercial structures are replicas of the typical Escolta buildings in Manila during the early 1900’s.

Casa Bizantina

The casa bizantina house is a “bahay na bato” at the corner of Madrid and Penarubia in San Nicolas, Binondo. The ground storey is built of stone and bricks while the upper storeys were made of various Philippine hardwood.The structure was typical of the bahay na bato in order to protect the inhabitants from earthquakes. Galvanized iron sheets are used for the roofing.

Casa Meycuayan

Originally constructed 1913 in San Fernando, Pampanga, the house was owned by the Escota Family. Using exactly the same materials and design, the house was reconstructed at no. 50 Provincial Road, Barrio Hulo, Meycuayan, Bulacan in the 1950’s and was later acquired by Rogelio Urrutia who came from a prominent family in Meycuayan. This served the venue for the family gatherings.

Casa Unisan

Built in 1839, the Maxino house claims the prestige of being the first bahay na bato to be built in Unisan, Quezon.

Casa Hidalgo

Built in 1867, the mansion, filled with ionic capitals from the colonnaded sidewalks, to the columns found in the balcony front, was designed by the first Filipino to practice architecture in the Philippines during the Spanish era, Felix Roxas Y Arroyo, for the family of Rafael Enriguez.

Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar Map

 

 The Tour

They have 3 different packages for the day tour.

Package 1 cost Php 1699.00 per person(set meal), this package includes:

  • Welcome drink
  • 30 minutes to 1 hour guided heritage walking tour
  • Entrance free and use of beach area
  • 1 lunch, afternoon snack, 2 tetra pack juices, 2 bottles of mineral water
  • Vicinity map
  • Cold Towel
  • All taxes and service charge

Package 2 cost Php 1899.00(Buffet meal), the inclusions are the same with the package 1, but a guaranteed minimum of 30 persons is required to avail of buffet arrangement.

Package 3: The tour cost Php 999.00 per person, a little bit pricey since it’s only 30 minutes to 1 hour guided heritage walking tour. The tour package also the same with package 1 and 2 it also includes welcome drink, vicinity map, cold towel and use of beach area and swimming pool.

The rates apply to 13 years and above, 5 – 12 years old are 50% off and below 5 years old are free of charge.

 

I forgot to ask the tour guide’s name, she is very smart and very entertaining.

Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar

There is also a shop inside where you can buy some souvenirs.

HOW TO GET THERE

Bataan is accessible via the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX). There are buses running directly to Balanga town proper. Balanga Town proper is about 125 kms. northwest from Manila. From Olongapo City, you may take the Victory Liner Buses. Tricycles and jeepneys are the primary modes of transport around Bataan.

Public transportation information from Pasay Rotonda along EDSA (below MRT station)

  • Take Genesis Bus to Balanga Bus Station (trip starts at 4:00 am every 30 minutes)
  • From the bus station, take the jeepney going to Bagac or Morong (Bagac-bound has a limited time while Morong-bound has a longer time)
  • Upon reaching Bagac, get down at the Filipino Japanese Friendship Tower and go to the tricycle station
  • Take tricycle going to Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar (Gate 5 entrance)

Overall fare: approximately PHP 300+ per person

Public transportation information via Cubao along EDSA (below MRT station)

  • Take the Genesis Busis or Bataan Transit along EDSA Cubao (trip starts at 4:00 am every 30 minutes) to Balanga Bus Station
  • From the bus station, take the jeepney going to Bagac or Morong (Bagac-bound has a limited time while Morong-bound has a longer time)
  • Upon reaching Bagac, get down at the Filipino Japanese Friendship Tower and go to the tricycle station
  • Take tricycle going to Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar (Gate 5 entrance)

Overall fare: approximately PHP 270+ per person

Tips: We find it difficult to commute especially when we’re leaving the Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar. There’s a 1-hour interval before the bus arrives. The locals there said that the last trip is 9:00 PM and it’s already 8:00 PM that time and we are so worried since there is no establishment around where we can stay just for a night. It’s better to go there if you have private vehicles. Anyway, our journey going to Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar is just another experience we have to keep and share as well.

Happy Traveling!

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Las Casas Filipinas is also a great spot for prenup shoot.

 

 

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