I’ve always been fascinated with anything that has something to do with the Filipino heritage.
I’m fond of fiestas, old houses with BIG capiz windows, ancient-looking towns, and of course Filipino food. It has been my goal to travel the Philippines first before I see the rest of the world. That’s why I consider taking our company guests around a major perk of my job. Especially if the guest form another country and someone interested in the Filipino culture and heritage.
It was a treasure to find Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan. It’s not as far as Vigan, but gives you the same Spanish-era feel: old fashioned and archaic. Imagine a gated community of old house that came from all over the Philippines. Apparently, the owner of the place, buys really old houses from different parts of the country and restores them here, his own little town of Philippine relics.
You can take a day trip for about Php1,200 (or about 27USD) inclusive of the tour (which can be in English or Filipino), a welcome drink and a meal. Their tour guides (well, at least, the guy assigned to us) are really entertaining and are open to answer even the most bizarre questions. Tours are quick, a couple of hours the most, and yet after that you’d feel like you’ve learned a lot from the Philippines already.
We opted to stay for the night in Escolta, their hotel. So we had the rest of the afternoon to lounge and relax, and oh, wear Philippine costumes. Their official studio, Fotografia, has a lot of costumes you can try on and you’re free to go around the place to take photos. They’ll save it in a USB and have copies printed (depending on the package you choose). It’s fun to be a Maria Clara even for just a few minutes!
Las Casas is quiet, especially in the afternoon and at night when tourists are no longer there, and it was just what I needed at that time. Relaxing and calm, away from the city, it gave me a new perspective on things.
Dinner and Breakfast were Filipino lutong bahay (homecooked) meals that were really good—from the family of ___silogs to the famous kare-kare and laing, Las Casas will surely be able to serve you the most famous of Filipino dishes.
They also accept prenuptial pictorials and even weddings. 🙂 This place is highly recommended especially for balikbayans!
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is located at Barrio Pag-asa, Bagac, Bataan. For inquiries and reservations you may contact them at (+63 2) 332.5338 or (+632) 355.3032 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.