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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After the tour, we had a lot of time to explore the place and take photographs.
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.
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.
We left Las Casas after sunset, the place eerily quiet. It was time to go back to the hustle and bustle of Manila.