I am the type of person who asks “Are we there yet?” the first 5 minutes into the ride. When I found out that it would take us about 4 hours to reach Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar, it was a bit lackluster. Or maybe I’m just way too excited because the place looks wonderful on the photos from the internet.
However, if you really want a bit of a blast from the past without biting the dust, then you are in the right place. Considered to be the Vigan of Bataan, Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar showcases heritage houses built as early as the 1880s. The name directly translates to The Philippine houses of Acuzar and the houses and places are restored from the materials used in the original ones. The houses and places are named after the original location inspiration. The resort is 10 years in the making and is now available for the public for about 6 years now. It is continuing to expand as more and more heritage structures are being built at the moment.
They offer heritage tours and I would recommend you to join in when you come to the place as the stories behind the houses are quite fascinating and sometimes a little spooky (no spoilers). It’s a great experience getting close and personal with the Philippine history.
If you have watched the movie Heneral Luna, this is the location in which he was brutally killed by his fellow comrades (a replica of the original place). Just to add, the place was also one of the venues for APEC 1996.
Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar is situated next to a beach and accommodations are usually at the beach from which gives you a beautiful view from your balcony. They also have pool that is inspired by a small river.
The place is remotely far from fastfoods and take outs and you are left with no choice but to dine in their a bit pricey restaurants since they have corkage fees. Well, the taste overly compensates for the price so it is worth it.
Most of the locals are really kind and accommodating and it’s a little disorienting from someone from Manila.
The hotel accommodation comes in with welcome drinks and breakfast buffet. The WiFi speed is speedy but the signal won’t work inside your room.
Here are some photos from the place.
The itinerary is at the bottom.
13:10 Balanga You have to walk a bit to get to the jeepney/bus terminal going to Bagac. Fare is 47 pesos. Have the driver know that you are going to Las Casas for them to drop you off a place where you can take a tricycle ride
14:10 Bagac Take a 7 minutes tricycle ride to Las Casas. Fare is 10 pesos per person but the travel is fairly long for the price so please be generous to the driver as most times they don’t get passengers going back to Bagac. Tip: you can get the mobile number of the driver and have them pick you up after your trip
14:17 Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar