Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is one of the most awe-inspiring and absorbing historical sites that I’ve been. Not only because it’s superb but also it gave us an educational experience. The tour guides are outstanding and they provided us the backstory of every house built in this park. Our tour guide was so great that we’re hooked by his stories and we’re so thrilled to enter the house he’s referring.
We went to Las Casas after our Mount Samat trip and both of these sites are in Bataan. Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is located in Barangay Pag-Asa, Bagac Bataan (Central Luzon, Philippines). In 2003, Jose Acuzar started rebuilding the Spanish mansions in Bagac. The houses are bought from different parts of the Philippines. Each house has a different background, culture, and architectural designs. Stone houses were uprooted from their original location, transplanted to Bagac Bataan and were reassembled and restored. The park is 400 hectares and it features 27 Spanish Colonial buildings and stone houses. The missing part of the houses were replicated to look like the original structure and it was opened to the public in 2010. The heritage park has museums and gallery where you can see old items and arts from the past. Also, it has a restaurant where you can choose from a variety of authentic Filipino-Hispanic cuisine, a calesa where you can ride, a beach, function rooms and a swimming pool. According to our tour guide, they plan to build 40 heritage houses, so it would be a great idea to come back every five years to see the new houses they built.
All the photos we took are Instagram-worthy photos and the place, houses and corners are absolutely stunning. The heritage park is great for prenup and pictorial. We even saw some models during our visit who wore nice outfits that match the beauty of the park.
Out of 27 heritage houses, Casa Luna (Luna House or the Novicio/Santoromana House) is my favorite. The mansion was owned by Novicio family in Namacpacan (now Luna town) in La Union. It was constructed in 1850 and reconstructed in 2007. The town was named to honor its revolutionary heroes and Luna brothers Antonio, the general and Juan Luna, the painter.
Also read: Why you should go to Bataan Tourism Center?
HAPPY RABBIT TIPS:
- Wear comfortable yet fashion-forward clothes
- Bring a nice camera/phone
- Bring extra clothes and swimwear
- Wear flat sandals, slippers, and comfortable shoes
Note (You will be asked to remove your shoes once you enter the house)
Also read: Trip to Mount Samat Shrine
Favorite moments at Las Casas with my college buddies 🙂
ITINERARY:(Hot Air Balloon- Mt. Samat-Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar)
0230 – ETD Manila
0230 – ETD Manila
0400 – ETA Clark Air Field
0700 – ETD Clark Air Field
0800 – Breakfast, Balanga
0900 – ETA Mount Samaat National Shrine
1030 – ETA Mount Samaat National Shrine
1100 – ETA Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
1600 – ETD Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
1900 – ETA Manila
Note: If you’re not planning to stay overnight, you can also avail the Heritage Day Tour of Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar. They also provide a shuttle service from two pick-up points in Manila.
Below information are available on their website http://www.lascasasfilipinas.com.
Pick-up Point at New World, Makati
ETD from New World – 7:00am
ETA back at New World – 8:30pm
Pick-up Point at Astoria Plaza, Pasig City
ETD from Astoria Plaza – 7:35am
ETA back at Astoria Plaza: 8:30pm
ETA at Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar – 10:45am
ETD from Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar – 3:50pm
The Guided Walking heritage tours schedule which is at 8:30AM-4:30PM (Every hour except lunch time).
Guided Workshop Tour: 3:00PM
NO need to reserve. Just join your choice of time.