Category Archives: Bataan

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Happy Rabbit Travels

las casas13Las 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.

las casas2.jpg Casa Candaba

las casas3.jpg Casa Jaen I

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 different background, culture and architectural designs. Stone houses were uprooted from their original location, transplanted to Bagac…

View original post 556 more words

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

las casas13

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.

las casas2.jpg
Casa Candaba
las casas3.jpg
Casa Jaen I

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.

Also read: 2016 Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

las casas19
Sanctuario de San Jose

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.

las casas4.jpg
Casa San Miguel & Casa Byzantina
Casa Jaen II
Casa Jaen II

las casas5.jpg

Paseo de Escolta
Paseo de Escolta

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?

las casas7.jpg
Casa Luna

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 🙂

12717831_1107004145998190_5187501806670138636_n

 

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

HOW MUCH?

The day tour we got from Kuya Harry only cost Php 2000.00 inclusive of transportation and guide. (Food not included)
(Food not included)
You may contact our tour coordinator Harry Asuncion Balais
Mobile no: 0917-6274-945

 

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.

 

 

 

Trip to Mount Samat Shrine

mt samat

Mount Samat Shrine is one of the highlights of our tour. It is located in Pilar, a town in the Province of Bataan. We are thankful that we have the van, we no longer need to walk to see it. When we reached the park, we noticed that some people are having picnics, some are taking photos, some went in a group and I think they are a group of climbers. We are surprised to see how beautiful the park is. You will instantly notice  the colonnade and the large memorial cross, the cross was built to honor the soldiers who fought and lost their lives in the Battle of Bataan. They fought for freedom and this shrine is for them.

mt samat1
Bataan Memorial Cross

The shrine has a war museum where you will see the collections of photos, paintings, equipment, and weapons used by the soldiers during the World War II.

mt samat17

There is also a very nice view of Corregidor Island, a place where you can rest, a small store and nice restrooms for visitors.

mt samat14mt samat16

The historical park did not only taught me about history but helped me appreciate how lucky I am to be part of this generation. I enjoyed taking pictures with my college buddies, and though we wish to stay longer, we can’t because we have to go to the next part of our tour which is Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.

 

How to get there?

Traveling from Manila to Mount Samat Shrine will take more than 2 hours. It can be reached via NLEX (Balintawak Cloverleaf) and SCTEX ,exit in Mabalacat, Pampanga. When you reached Subic, exit in Dinalupihan, and then, turn right at Roman Highway. Follow the signage going to Mount Samat.

 

Why you should go to Bataan Tourism Center?

bataan

After our hot-air balloon experience, we’re still excited because we will go ahead with the second part of our tour. I actually don’t have an idea of the next destination as I haven’t search it on google. My friends told me that we’re heading to Bataan to see the Mount Samat Shrine. Kuya Harry organized  everything and we’re lucky because he’s very generous to give us discounts.

I actually fell asleep on our way to Bataan and I didn’t notice how long the travel was from Pampanga to Bataan. They wake me up when we reached the Bataan Tourism Center. Kuya Harry told us that we better see this place and bought their bestseller pasalubong.

When you enter the center, you will see this beautiful lounge area 🙂

We  enter the Souvenir Shop, and I swear, there is much stuff to choose from. They have my favorite cashew nuts, local food products, souvenir items, accessories, paintings and their famous polvoron which I actually love.

 

 

After enjoying ourselves at the shop, we went to the Exhibit Hall of the center. It has also an Audio-Visual Room and the E-hub Office of the Congressman. Will you not be astonished by these great artwork display? I don’t know what I felt but this exhibit hall really had an impact to me…

 

Exhibit Hall
Photos credits to Bataan Provincial Tourism Office & to the photographer, Mr. Kurt Ibanes.
Exhibit Hall2
Photos credits to Bataan Provincial Tourism Office & to the photographer, Mr.Kurt Ibanes.
Exhibit Hall4
Photos credits to Bataan Provincial Office & to the photographer, Mr. Kurt Ibanes.

After we’re done to the exhibit hall, the group had a picture-taking with our tour guide. Before I went outside, I took this photo on the glass window and I did wish to go near it but the door was locked.

Good thing this photo still looks nice 🙂

mt samat5.jpg
Outside the tourism center 🙂

 

bataan tourism center 3
Outside the tourism center: Photos credits to Bataan Provincial Office and  to the photographer, Mr. Kurt Ibanes.

 

To visit Bataan Tourism Center, you may call their hotline at 237-4476 or email bataan_tourism@yahoo.com. The center’s complete address is Bataan Tourism Center, Roman Superhighway, 2100 Balanga, Bataan.

FB page and website:
Behold Bataan
Bataan