Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
The Philippines has been colonized by the Spaniards for more than 300 years since the 15th century. This is one of the reasons why the Philippine culture and architecture resemble European structures like historic churches and buildings. The Philippines has a lot of historic places and most of them are still preserved and became landmarks and tourist spots. If you want to experience and feel the Spanish-Philippine heritage at the present time, there is a unique place in Bataan that you can visit. And I will give you a tour of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.
LAS CASAS FILIPINAS DE ACUZAR
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is a unique place that showcases the Philippines during the 18th century. Located in Bagac, Bataan, its beautiful attractions are the mansions from the Spanish colonial era. One thing to note here is that this is a concept of a businessman ‘Gerry’ Acuzar. He built a Spanish heritage theme park by dismantling old mansions from different parts of the Philippines brick by brick and transported them to Bagac, Bataan and restored its beauty which took almost 10 years to finish them all.
The entrance fee is Php 1,000 and at the entrance, you can immediately feel that you are in a different world already. The road and the building structures definitely look and feel like a Spanish heritage. As you walk by, you can always get a very nice view and a place to take photos and selfies. You can check this Facebook Page for more tours like this.
You can get a tour guide inside that will accompany you to each mansion that has a significant historic background and some that have spooky stories. By the way, you have to bring a comfortable and easy to wear footwear because you have to remove them once you get inside the mansion.
Two of the tour guides that will make your stay wonderful.
Further ahead, there will be more mansions that are magnificent. And I actually wanted to own one, and live there or just make it one of my rest houses?! 🙂
It is definitely going to be tiring especially when you are strolling the place under the bright sunlight. But of course, the place is so beautiful and no one can stop you from taking more photos just like me. Just keep yourself hydrated and protected by sunblock. So cheers to more shots!
I found a mansion that is not too strict and you can wear your shoes inside. Surprisingly, I saw this beautiful art.
There are also interesting statues of art outside.
My new playmate!
There is a church that is still under construction and is said to be a replica of Balanga Cathedral. And here is how it looks like inside.
FOOD AND ACCOMODATION
By the way, food and drinks are not allowed inside. So if you have something, just leave it behind. They have cafe and restaurant inside that offer Filipino cuisine that is about Php 800 per head. I cannot afford it so I just chose to eat puto bumbong that is the cheapest at Php 50.
If you want to rent a mansion for an overnight stay, it will cost you from Php 10,000 – 150,000 depending on the mansion that you desire. Las Casas has a man-made pool that resembles a spring. Since it is surrounded by water, expect that you can also enjoy the beach while you are sun-kissed.
Overall, I totally love this place. To tell you honestly, I always look at the pictures on my photo album and daydream that someday, I will have my own mansion. The place is astonishing, really! So, go ahead and visit Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar soon!
Day tour package (Php 1,500)
*RT Van Transfer Cubao-Bataan-Cubao
*Entrance Fee to Mt. Samat
*Las Casas Tour
*Guided tour around the area and inside the houses
*Free use of swimming pool
02:45AM Assembly at KFC Telus Cubao
03:30AM ETD to Bataan
06:30AM ETA to Mt. Samat. Explore visit Dambana ng Kagitingan.
09:30AM ETD St Joseph Cathedral
12:00NN Arrival at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
01:00PM Start of 1 1/2 hour Las Casas Heritage tour with guide
02:30PM Explore Las Casas / Swim / Photo ops
06:00PM ETD Manila
09:00PM ETA Cubao