One of the many perks of my previous job as an Assistant Event Organizer was the chance to travel and see different places. It was like a free ticket to all the travel goals while the company is paying your expenses. Don’t get me wrong, the idea seems so good that you might want to consider getting a job like that but to tell you honestly, there’s a lot of hard work in there… (But who to blame we love our job !) Most of the time we don’t to get explore the places, we see, we look but that’s all, it is such a rare opportunity to have moments like where we could go swimming and use the venue amenities, or have time to go on free Spa. So when we do, we make the most out of it and luckily during our stay for the preparation for an event we got the chance to feel a little staycation at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.
In our three days stay in Las Casas, I managed to explore the place a little bit, learned its history and how it became one of the best tourists attraction in North Luzon.
It is no secret that the beauty of this place captures not only the eyes of the Filipinos for its historic concept but to the foreigners as well. It would be overrated to describe it as beautiful knowing it was more than that. It was captivating. I was blown away by the idea of the owner on how he started building it. New San Jose Builders Inc., founder Mr. Jose Acuzar had this idea. The houses and buildings are all just replica of some of the famous landmarks, buildings & houses in our Philippine history. What really amazed me is the fact that he only started it as a hobby. Later on, it was discovered by his friend who worked in a Filipino TV series Zoro (a Filipino superhero). The series filmed most of its scenes in Las Casas and that is when it started to get noticed. After that Mr. Acuzar decided to open the place to public giving this opportunity to Filipino people to get to know Philippine history even more.
Las Casas is located at Bagac, Bataan. It took us three hours drive to get there from Manila via SCTEX route.
If you need comfort from the 18th century or atleast relive the past I suggest you stay in this place for a night and try all the different things they could offer. A comfortable hotel accommodations, a lot of Filipino food, traditional games, a private beach and pool which by the way is best while watching the sunset, plus you could also watch cultural show at night.
If you are on a budget and you want a day time tour that could also work. They charge 600 pesos per head for entrance fee without a tour guide and 1200 pesos with tour guide and welcome treat snacks, drinks and a cold towel.
I suggest you wear a comfortable but fashionable outfit (wink) if you’re already planning to visit the place, bring sunglasses and an umbrella because you will do a lot of walking. I tell you and I swear this place is what your Instagram feed needs right now.
Now I would like to share with you some photos I took during our stay.
Visit Las Casa Filipinas de Acuzar website for more info.
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