Road Trip: Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

12 December 2012

Road Trip: Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

“A showcase of Filipino talent, ingenuity and craftsmanship, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar takes pride in the past… And keeps its hope for the future.” — http://www.lascasasfilipinas.com/

 

Three hours from Manila lies Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, a living museum which is undoubtedly worth writing about and taking photos of.

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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar from the entrance
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Las Casas transported its guests back to the Philippines in the 18th to early 20th century where noble class mansions, bahay na bato and wooden stilt houses that once were old and decaying architectural treasures were restored against a picturesque setting of majestic mountains, expansive rice fields and a flowing river that runs to the sea. These architectural pieces were reconstructed from different nearby provinces and rebuilt brick by brick and plank by plank. Yes, these were carefully and painstakingly built like priceless pieces of Lego blocks done in a massive scale.

 

With the resort overnight package came a free one-hour resort tour. Our tour guide Elvie informed us that the owner, a known real estate developer, didn’t originally plan to make this a resort. It was Mr. Acuzar’s passion and interest in collecting and saving old buildings that started the whole old-house-collection. To date, twenty seven heritage architectural treasures were in the resort.

Casa Bizantina – Serves as the first class hotel room of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. Whole house is good for 16 people for PHP 150,000 per night (price subject to change without prior notice), and has its own butler.
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Casa Meycauayan

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Paseo de Escolta, Casa Tondo, Casa Binondo, Casa Baliuag
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Casa Hidalgo – This house was considered the most elegant  in the entire country during the Spanish regime.  The mansion was used as the first campus of the University of the Philippines School of Fine Arts and was also the first school of Architecture in the Philippines.

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A big church, located at the far end of the resort was under construction.

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Maranaw of Mindanao

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Casa Jaen with its ground floor game room

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Casa Luna, Casa Jaen, and Wooden Houses on Stilts

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Feel nostalgic while walking along cobblestone streets or riding one of the caruajes (horse-drawn carriages).
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Pass by fountains, street sculpture and romantic gazebos.
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Dine ilustrado-like in Las Casas Filipinas’ two restaurants – – Cafe Marivent and La Bella Teodoro – – which both exude incredible dining spaces. Cafe Marivent was the resort’s all-day dining restaurant built within the restored Casa Unisan. The restaurant offered traditional and popular Filipino and Spanish cuisine. Private dining was also available on the second floor or dine al fresco on the balcony with an ocean view and spectacular sunset.
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La Bella Teodoro was the resort’s Italian restaurant. Horse-drawn carriage or cauaje and golf carts could take you to this restaurant at the far end of the cobblestone street. This restaurant served Italian cuisine and baked its own dough in their own pug on. La Bella Teodoro’s Quattro Formaggi was unarguably the restaurant’s best seller. We had quattro formaggi and lasagna before heading back to Manila.
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Guests were free to use several amenities and facilities of Las Casas. Amenities were inclusive but not limited to the beach, the batis-inspired pool, and the game room.

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The architectural houses were not just for display, several could be rented and could comfortably accommodate guests. Our hotel building was designed to replicate an old hotel in Escolta. The hotel rooms were lovely with very high ceiling and fine furniture. Though the facade of the architectural buildings were antique, some of the guestrooms still had the following modern features:

  • Individually controlled air-conditioning system
  • Flat LCD television with cable channels, DVD player
  • Shower cubicle with running hot and cold water
  • Bathtub with 24″LCD TV
  • Hair dryer
  • Refrigerator/mini bar
  • Telephone/intercom
  • In-room safe

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Falling in love with Las Casas at night.
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Loving my Las Casas Filipinas flowers too. Thankeee Dhomz! I love your surprises. =D

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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar takes pride in the past, and keeps its hope for the future, without taking the present for granted. Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. Two thumbs up.

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DETAILS
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Travel Spot: Las Casas Filipinas
Address: Bo Pag-asa, Bagac, Bataan
Telephone Number: +63.2.332.5338 or +63.2.355.3032
Website: http://www.lascasasfilipinas.com
Email: reserve@lascasasfilipinas.com
Budget: check out the website as prices may change without prior notice

Map:

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