Las Casas De Acuzar Bataan: Sartorial Homecoming

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.

 

Fat Girls Day Out- Las Casas de Acuzar

 

Fat Girls Day Out - Las Casas de Acuzar

 

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.

 

Fat Girls Day Out- Las Casas de Acuzar
View from our hotel patio

Fat Girls Day Out- Las Casas de Acuzar

 

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.

 

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Own Car

  • Use Google Map or Waze. Normally you’ll take the Balintawak exit, NLEX then take the San Fernando Exit drive your way to Bataan.

Public Trasportation: 

  • 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).

 

Fat Girls Day Out- Las Casas de Azucar

Hotel Rooms

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.

 

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King Size bed on their deluxe rooms

Option of beach-view room or plaza-view room

BATHROOM
One full granite bathroom with separate bathtub and shower
Hair dryer

BED FEATURES
Extra beds available

ROOM AMENITIES AND SERVICES
Air-conditioned room, in-room safety deposit box

ROOM FEATURES

ENTERTAINMENT
Television with cable channels, DVD player upon request

 

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Public area outside our hotel rooms

 

You may book their Deluxe rooms here and for their large Superior rooms by clicking this link

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.

 

Fat Girls Day Out- Las Casas de Acuzar
Hotel de Oriente Facade

 

 

 

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 

 

 

Fat Girls Day Out- Las Casas de Azucar

Las Casas de Acuzar offers two (2) types of day tours:

  1. 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.

 

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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.

 

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Swimming pool designed as a natural river bed- sapa.

 

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Cobblestone roads

 

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.

 

Fat Girls Day Out- Las Casas de Acuzar

 

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.

 

Fat Girls Day Out- Las Casas de Acuzar

 

Fat Girls Day Out- Las Casas de Acuzar

 

Few reminders:

  • 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.

 

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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 | BataanBagac, Luzon 2107, Philippines

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11 thoughts on “Las Casas De Acuzar Bataan: Sartorial Homecoming”

    • their food is okay, we just wished it gives more value to what is being paide for. Their Filipino dishes were awesome, but their Italian spread would be better if they’s use fresh pasta. Nonetheless, we’ll still return to Las Casas de Acuzar

  • You pictures are lovely, it looks like a great place for a getaway. The beach looks so serene! Too bad to hear the food is so expensive, but that doesn’t surprise me at a place like that.

  • This looks like an incredible place! I’d love to visit someday. It reminds me a bit of a place near my home where all kinds of historic buildings and homes were “collected” in the same way.

  • Wow what a beautiful place! Your photos are amazing. I have a hard time believing this is in the Philippines, it totally looks like somewere in Europe!

  • The estero de binondo tour looks absolutely amazing. Being able to take a tour of the canal/waterway is something I have never experienced and would love to see the amazing details of the surroundings.

  • The architecture is beautiful! I can’t imagine seeing it in real life! Thanks for sharing all your photos

  • I never knew that something like this existed in the Philippines. It is nice to see buildings restored rather than simply torn down for a brand new building. The photos of the buildings are very nice as well.

  • What magnificent buildings. The architecture is outstanding all around. Sorry to hear about the disappointing Italian cuisine. What a shame! Love all the activities nearby and especially the beach scenes. Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar definitively seems like a delightful place to explore. Thanks for sharing.

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