Thursday, August 22, 2013

Unique Experience at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Travel Dates: February 24-25, 2013

     This large property of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan is distinct in design and location.  Mr. Acuzar with his passion for old Spanish houses brought the old houses from the different part of the Philippines, restored it and put all together in one place to form a village.  It’s like you stepped back in time as you look at the old Spanish mansions around you transformed to its old glory.

     Our one night accommodation was a birthday present from my boyfriend.  I enjoyed every minute of our stay here with very romantic scenery of old Spanish houses, brown sand beach, lovely pool to swim, vast rice farm, river that flows under the arch stone bridge to the sea, and majestic mountain in sight. 

     Each of the heritage houses, with 2-6 bedrooms, is available for rent of Php 18,000 to 45,000 a night.  While the Paseo de Escolta hotel rate is Php 4,500 to Php 8,500 a night.  But that includes breakfast, use of swimming pool and beach area, coffee and tea making facilities, guide map and walking heritage tour.

     Luckily, we were given a chance to sleep in one of the heritage houses.  It has a queen size white bed, big comfort room, antique furniture, big capiz windows, and white curtains.  I felt like a princess here, enjoying the comfort we can get.

     Since we arrived on the night of weekend, we experienced the Awitan, Harana at Sayawan sa Las Casas.  We were serenaded by classic Kundiman and entertained by their dancers with Tinikling and other folk dances.

     During the day, we went for a guided tour around the resort.  The tour guide imparted us the history of each house.  Some have beautiful and happy stories to tell, while the others have tragic history.  One of my favorite is the Casa Biñan, a replica of Doña Teodora Alonza Y Quintos’ ancestral house. 

     There are two restaurants though a bit pricey, will fortify your stomach.  They serve Italian and Filipino-Spanish cuisine.  The food is tasty in generous servings and the ambiance is welcoming.

     As of now, they are still expanding and building some additional houses fronting the beach, and a church I guess.  Something to look forward and a reason to return in this beautiful resort one day.

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