The view from one of the old houses inside Las Casas de Filipinas de Acuzar

The view from one of the old houses inside Las Casas de Filipinas de Acuzar

I agreed to the Bataan road trip before I even knew where we were going. Bring your swimsuit, there’s a pool and a beach, my friend Beth told me over the phone. That was my only clue. So, it was a pleasant surprise when I found out that we were actually going to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. I had wanted to visit the place for a while now. “Wait. Where!?” I hear you say. The name of the place certainly is a mouthful. Imagine four girls asking directions from the locals, tongue-twisted, between fits of uncontrollable laughter. Let’s just shorten that to Las Casas from this point forwards, shall we?

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Las Casas, which is dubbed as a heritage resort, is a beautiful property in Bagac, Bataan that has a collection of twenty seven heritage houses. Each of the houses in the property come from different places around the Philippines and from different eras. Some houses were transferred stone by stone from their original locations to the property. Some houses were replicas.

This was near the replica of the building from Escolta, Manila

This was near the replica of the building from Escolta, Manila

After a three hour drive, we made it to Las Casas without any problems. We were following directions my friend Ava saved on her phone. Upon arrival, we paid the 650PHP entrance fee and walked to one of the houses that doubled as the reception area and office. The entrance fee included a one-hour tour around the property, a welcome drink and a cold towel. This also covers access to the pool and beach and the shower facilities. There are different tour rates available, depending on what you would like included with the package. Please visit the Las Casas website for more information.

Inside , where we dined for lunch

Inside Casa Biñan, where we dined for lunch

We shared the pizza and pasta

We shared the pizza and pasta

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Since the tour wouldn’t start until one in the afternoon and it was only eleven, we had some time to get something to eat. There are actually three restaurants in the compound, but only one served ala carte meals: the Italian restaurant towards the back of the property located inside Casa Biñan. This is where we dined.

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The tour took us around the property and inside some of the houses. This photo was taken while we walked through the small hallways around the house, where the alipin sagigilid used to walk

The tour took us around the property and inside some of the houses. This photo was taken while we walked through the small hallways around the house, where the alipin sagigilid used to walk

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After lunch, we hurriedly joined the walking tour around the property. We were about ten minutes late and they had already started, so we just quietly merged with the group. The tour took us through the recreated cobblestone streets and houses.

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Outside the old UP Manila building. My friends and I, all from UP, could not resist getting our photos taken

Outside the old UP Manila building. My friends and I, all UP graduates, could not resist getting our photos taken

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I liked the tour. Our tour guide was very informative and welcomed questions from the crowd. I liked finding out the history behind the houses we went to, from the significant to the more trivial factoids.

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After the tour, we had a lot of time to explore the place and take photographs.

I saw one of the staff standing by the door of one of the houses and asked to take his photo

I saw one of the staff standing by the door of one of the houses and asked to take his photo

The place reminded me a lot of Vigan, except the houses weren't all from the same style or era. It was like a mish mosh of old houses

The place reminded me a lot of Vigan, except the houses weren’t all from the same style or era. It was like a mish mosh of old houses

We also took advantage of the pool and dove in. it was a nice break from the intense heat of the sun. We left the pool before sunset, so we would have time to freshen up and then take pictures of the sunset over the beach and take more pictures of the houses in the more romantic night lights.

The pool was batis-inspired

The pool was batis-inspired (“Batis” refers to a spring or a brook)

Construction around the property is far from over. When we were there, a lot of new houses were being constructed/transferred

Construction around the property is far from over. When we were there, a lot of new houses were being constructed/transferred

Las Casas was far from crowded on the day we were there. At night, it is even more so. It was quiet. We knew that there were several families checked in at the different houses for rent, but the quiet streets made the place looked deserted. I think I’d like to spend the night here if I want to check my mind out of the crazy city life.

This bridge connected the property to the beach

This bridge connected the property to the beach

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The beautiful sunset over Bataan

The beautiful sunset over Bataan

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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar at night

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar at night

We left Las Casas after sunset, the place eerily quiet. It was time to go back to the hustle and bustle of Manila.

24 thoughts on “A Road Trip to History: Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

    • Hi, Leah. Yes, you may use the photos for your presentation provided that you attribute to myself or my website as your source and that the photos are not used commercially.

  1. 🙂 Hello! I also went here last Monday because Las Casas was part of our Bataan tour. It was my first time there and it was really WOW. Your pictures were so wonderful that it makes me wanna go back there again!!! I fell in love with that place already. You know what, in the future, I want to get married there! Haha! Just kiddin’. Okay I’ve said enough! Anyways, love your pictures❤ Godblesss!

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