We (5 friends) purchased discounted daytrip tickets through Ensogo (less than 500pesos/person). We arrived at Las Casas at around 11am. They asked us to leave our car in the parking lot outside the walls of the resort and asked 2 of us to go in and handle the paperworks for our day tour. after 5 minutes of hanging out in the car and in the heat, my friends came back and told us that we were free to go in and explore. there is a compulsory tour of the grounds included in our tickets and we were lucky that one was about to start. while waiting, we waited in Casa Mexico, their main office building with our free ice-cold sago at gulaman drink. there was a Sungca board available so we played to pass the time (when we found out that the shells were incomplete, the staff kindly gave us enough to play - good service!).
The tour started and our tour guide took us through all the houses that they moved to Las Casas. he imparted with us the history of each house, the stories surrounding the owners and their place in history. The story regarding Jose Rizal's mother's ancestral house is a particular highlight of the trip. Too bad the whole house was not moved to Las Casas (due to the local govenrment's interference) and had fallen to disrepair and eventually collapsed 2 years ago. if only it was moved to Las Casas, and not just the original doors, then it would have been there, instead of a replica, for all Filipinos to appreciate. It was an interesting tour, we were also able to see the owner's own mini museum :)
We had lunch at their Filipino-Spanish restaurant (the Italian restaurant was closed because it was a weekday). We initially thought the food was too expensive and that we had no choice but to eat there as there were no establishments around Las Casas. When the food came, we were happy to realize that they had large servings and we did get value for our money. We ordered the seafood Kare-kare, sinigang na baboy, fried chicken and the bistek tagalog. we also ordered their home-made Gabi (a root crop) ice cream:) food was good and we were so full (we also had to take home some of the food because we couldn't finish it all) we had to have a short siesta at the recliners near their batis-inspired pool. they sound of the waves of the nearby sea lulled us to sleep.
Las Casas is still incomplete when we went there. they were still in the process of building another Filipino-themed building to provide more accommodations. their brochure told us of their eventual plans to have a whole street filled with different Filipino delicacies from all over the Philippines, to have Filipino games tournament, to host wonderful shows of Filipino dances.
I look forward to these developments and would gladly go back to see their plans come to fruition. i also plan to bring my family and any balik-bayans there and sleep in the houses that i learned about.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A fine showcase of Filipino history and craftsmanship, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan takes you back to 18th-century Philippines in the twinkling of an eye. Architectural pieces of a bygone era, from different parts of the country, were reconstructed brick by brick, plank by plank. The noble-class mansions, wooden stilt houses, and a grand main building made of stone stand proudly in a village of cobblestone streets. To add up to the ambiance, a backdrop of majestic mountains, expansive rice fields, and a running river that flows to the sea, are found in the vast property. Truly a travel destination unlike any other, this resort in Bataan is a living museum of Philippine heritage. The traditional houses as hotel accommodations are the centerpiece of this Bataan beach resort about 125 km northwest of Manila. Even so, this destination resort does not lack in providing avenues for entertainment, relaxation, and recreation. It has the Napiya Spa, a swimming pool, private beach, gaming center, 3 restaurants, conference and banquet facilities, cultural shows, and heritage tours. Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar takes pride in giving you a glimpse of the past, reliving the age-old yet distinctive Filipino traditions, while providing the luxuries and comforts of contemporary times. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar Hotel Bagac