Quest back to the 18th century the Philippines when you step foot in Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar which directly translates to “The Houses of Asuzar”. Home to Jose Acuzar’s collection of beautifully and meticulously restored Spanish-Filipino houses, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar grand display of the best of Filipino heritage and culture.
Each casa comes from an elite and prominent accessory attachment that has its own story to tell. Be in awe of the distinctive Filipino craftsmanship used in the restoration of each of the houses.
They go around the country scout for heritage and authentic houses from various regions then if those are up for sale they will buy these houses, dismantle them carefully and re-build piece per piece up to the detail and add-on restoration touches to the entirely of the house.
- Use Google Map or Waze. Normally you’ll take the Balintawak exit, NLEX then take the San Fernando Exit drive your way to Bataan.
- Along EDSA, Pasay Rotonda, take the Genesis Bus to Balanga, Bataan. The fare will cost you around 200php/4USD
- Get off at the drop off point of the bus station.
- Ride a jeepney going to Bagac or Morong, Bataan.
- Get off at the Filipino-Japanese Friendship Tower.
- Go to the tricycle station nearby and ask to be taken to Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar (Gate 5 entrance).
They have their in-house hotel sections that is beach fronting in which remains authentic to its Spanish-Filipino roots yet allows you to indulge in the comforts of modern amenities. Like flat screen TVs, A/C, mini fridge and Wifi.
Option of beach-view room or plaza-view room
One full granite bathroom with separate bathtub and shower
Extra beds available
ROOM AMENITIES AND SERVICES
Air-conditioned room, in-room safety deposit box
Television with cable channels, DVD player upon request
Hotel rooms can go as low as 4,600php/ 95USD and as high as 7, 500php/160USD each room comes with breakfast.
Private Casas (Houses)
Now if you want something grand and want a whole casa (house) to yourself and your loved ones you may rent out their whole heritage house. Price depends on how big, grand and extra ammenities per house has.
Price range per house would dent you around as low as 16,000php/320 USD and as high as 150,000php/3,000 USD. For their full list of casas learn more about their various options here
Las Casas de Acuzar offers two (2) types of day tours:
- Walking Hertiage Tour (1,500php/30USD)
With the Walking Heritage Tour, go back in time and get a glimpse of 18th-century Philippines by viewing the casas in the resort
2.All-Day Tour (2,000php/ 40USD)
Heritage walking tour, river cruise, kalesa ride, family-style lunch, and access to the Hotel de Oriente. Minimum of 5 people to avail this package.
Now, there are plenty of things to do around the area, but we’ve listed 5 phases of activities you shouldn’t miss.
Phase 1: Take the Heritage Tour
A guided 1-1.5 hours walking tour comes with your day entrance or should you be staying for the night. You’ll be acquainted with around 4 casas (houses) that have very deep attachments of the story to each location. The tour follows these schedules: 8.30am, 9.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm.
Expect centuries-old heritage houses and relics with interesting stories being foretold during the walking tour. There are seasonal art galleries that featurs various contemporary artists.
To end the heritage show you will be ushered to a beautiful courtyard near the rice fields to watch a cultural show is more like a high school play with decent performances. It just doesn’t stand out like many other performances we have seen in other places
Phase 2: The Estero de Binondo Tour
This tour will take you back to the old Binondo settlement where an Estero (canal or waterway) slithers through the buildings and ancestral houses like the ones in Europe. This you shouldn’t miss. It is amazing how every corner of the canal tunnels, casas (houses) and carvings are meticulously handmade and you can see the precision of the details.
Intricate murals placed on some parts of the canal walls.
Phase 3: Randomly enjoy activities and festivities
You can do the tour, ride the tram, go swimming, etc. We also got to watch a carabao race, folk dances, palo sebo, spider fights and other interesting things.
Phase 4: Go to their beach. Surf, Swim and Watch Bataan’s Beautiful Sunset
Bagac is pretty underrated when it comes to being known to be a spot where you can surf. It has decent waves, not as strong as the ones in San Juan, La Union or Baler’s, but it can be compared to the Bagasbas beach.
After doing the walking tour, watching the carabao race and walking all over their space it’s quite amazing that on top of their beautiful landscape around their beach resort is also quite nice to sit down and wait for the sun to set. A perfect pausing statement.
Phase 5: Walk around during the night
You just need an overnight to experience the breadth and depth of Las Casas de Acuzar. It’s certainly a beautiful place and the restored buildings are gorgeous. The place revolves and lashes out into a beautiful character during nightfall.
Street lamps and well-placed lighting compliments the colors of the houses and different site fixtures. The river embraces the lights and creates a dreamlike portrait.
- Wear comfortable shoes or flip-flops as footwear is left at the door
- Bring water. Plenty of it.
- Bring an umbrella, hat or cap
- Apply sunblock
- Wear airy clothes
For a complete detailed list of activities feel free to refer to their main website here
Food Options and Pricing
Our only caveat would be their food prices are a little expensive. If you want crispy pata be prepared to pay 800php +++ and a can of beer will cost you 120php. 200-300% mark up.
Their Italian restaurant, for example, is only open for limited hours. Given their kind of pricing they should’ve brought their A-game by having fresh pasta made instead of using packed noodles. The taste is okay, not that bad but not that good as well.
All restaurants have beautiful fixtures and trinkets of antique memorabilia, but the food should at least be reasonable enough for their visitors.
Breakfast has no options for vegetarian or western food. Beach bar has no food options. There is no water stations around the compound unless you dine in the restaurants. There were a number of reviews from their customers regarding their menu pricing and selections and we hope to see improvements nonetheless because we still do plan to come back again.
Las Casas de Acuzar has a beautiful myriad of landscapes, It boasts a huge private beach and some amazing architectural beauty. The staff is very well trained, the tour of the property is informative. Plus points that they have pretty strong wifi signal all around their grounds and surprisingly even on their beach area.
You can see the dedicated advocacy of the owner of this place and how passionate he or they are with this project. We’re highly recommending Las Casas de Acuzar to be visited, being in that place is an experience itself. The heritage community’s architecture continues to astonish visitors at its intricacy and perpetual splendor.
The place isn’t just about the preserved houses but about the stories of the homes, families and the hands that rebuilt them.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is more than a weekend destination. It is an acknowledgment of our past as Filipinos, a homage to a long-lost beauty now immortalized in wood, stone, and Filipino creativity. Experience this place yourself, we highly suggest that you stay overnight and book online here.
So as we always say, go forth and wander! and return home as a storyteller.
Find Las Casas de Acuzar is located in Brgy. Ibaba, Bagac | Bataan, Bagac, Luzon 2107, Philippines
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