Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is a heritage resort located in Bagac, Bataan. From Pampanga it is roughly an hour and a half, while from Manila it is an estimated two hour drive. It can be hard to find, and the roads leading up to it are a bit of a squeeze but it is manageable!
There are about twenty houses you can visit with the tour guide. I don’t exactly remember the times of the tours but they run every hour and last 30 to 60 minutes.
If you don’t plan on staying overnight there are available day tour packages. We opted for the entrance fee only as we have plans to eat somewhere else, which was P685 per person (with complimentary drinks and refresher towel). However, there are other day tour options: For entrance fee with snacks – P850 (adult) and P425 (child). And entrance fee with a set meal is P1,200 per person.
Most of the heritage houses that you will visit are the original houses that were relocated from places such as Candaba, Quiapo, Baliuag, Tondo, Mexico, Lubao and others. Some of the other parts of the houses however were simple restored (but still look original to me!). Some of these heritage house date back to the 1700s.
I didn’t spend a lot of years of school here in the Philippines so my knowledge about Philippine history and heritage was to say the least, minimal. I was very interested in learning about the history and the tour guides were lively and knew a lot, which is great!
Beautiful details on the house!
This house was probably the most interesting to me and I believe this was Casa Baliuag. From the photo, it is not visible, but there is a small hole or opening of the ceiling right above the entrance. This opening served as the olden day “CCTV”. When the bell was rung, you could look through this hole and if you wanted to let them in there was a rope which would open the door. But, if you didn’t like this person you could simply dump a bucket of urine on them! Eeek!
This is Casa Vyzantina (one the casas which you can stay in).
Casa Candaba. Owned by the Reyes family originally from Candaba, Pampanga which was constructed in 1780 and reconstructed and relocated in 2005.
As you can see from the photos, whenever we enter the houses we take our shoes off as a sign of respect (which I’m sure all of you know already).
The tour guides in a traditional costume. All staff at Las Casas wear traditional costumes, including the guards.
They have a pool, which guest are welcome to use. The beach is also close by. After the tour, you are free to roam around but you cannot enter the house without a staff member.
We bought some snacks and had our complimentary drinks and stayed for a while at Casa Lubao where you can play a variety of games free of charge. They included games like; chess, billiards, table tennis, darts (my favorite), and also Filipino games such as; piko, tumband preso, kite making, and many more.
Inside the Casa Vyzantina, it is so beautiful!
One of the rooms which you can rent.
There are also souvenirs shops and a bakery (the most delicious ensaymada I’ve ever had!) too.
This place is truly beautiful! Everyone should come check it out and learn about our Philippine heritage!