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This place will walk you through the past of the Philippines.


Before 2016 ends, me and my wife (just newly wed 😁) went here for "honeymoon". Special thanks to our friends, Nicole and Jayvee for booking us a night here. So in 2 days we got to experience the beauty of the "old Philippines" in this heritage.

In this guide, I will include information about Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar and its guided Heritage Tour, the description of each casas and how to book/rent them, overnight accommodation, buffet experience, budget and itinerary.

About Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar

Travel back in time while taking a walk through history, Las Casas which is owned by Jose “Gerry” Acuzar of New San Jose Builders, is an open-air museum and heritage resort consisting of 128 guest rooms and 63 elite casas. Las Casas is a restored piece of history saved from total ruin and neglect.
Currently, the property has four major restaurants including Cusina ni Nanay Maria, Café Marivent, Café Del Rio, and La Bella Teodora. It also features a beach, a batis-inspired swimming pool, and a man-made estero.

Acuzar has been buying old fashioned houses since 2003 taking them down and reassembling them in his 400 hectares property in Bataan. In 2010, Las Casas has opened its doors to the public for tours and accommodation.


LAS CASAS HERITAGE TOUR

Since we booked an overnight stay at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, day tour or the Heritage Tour is already included. However, the tour is open to all walk-in visitors.

We were given this guide map upon check-in.


The tour started at the front of the hotel or reception 2 area where we also booked a stay at.

Heritage Tour started 

The tour started at 3:30PM and our group is guided by a tour guide who also told stories and trivia about each casa.

She told us about the casas along La Pueblo del Sol parallel to Estero de Binondo - the road dividing the casas to the beach or La Plaza.

Then we cross the short bridge that connects the small man-made islet called 'Plaza Maria' where we saw 3 casas - Casa Gapan, Casa Balanga and Casa Irosin.


The tour guide said that we can get in to some casas as long as they are available and there are no guess booked in. These 3 weren't available so we proceed to the next ones.

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View from our room

Across the islet is another bigger islet where more casas are standing at. Lying in the middle of the islet is the Plaza Marcelino and it surrounded by 6 casas - Casa San Luis, Casa Bonita, Casa Tuguegarao, Casa Sta. Rita (where Cafe del Rio is located at), Casa Lemery and Casa La Esquina - and La Ribera.
Then we went back to at the later part of Estero de Binondo where we saw 3 more casas - Casa Terraza, Casa Ladrillo (this one looks like a Harry Potter structure) and Casa Hagonoy.

Then we crossed the bridge called 'Tulay ni Lola Basyang' over the Umagol River to go to Parque de Manila where it all started.
Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang (Tagalog, literally "The Stories of Grandmother Basyang") is an anthology of short stories written by "Lola Basyang," the nom de plume of Severino Reyes, founder and editor of the Tagalog magazine, Liwayway. The original magazine stories have since been adapted into books, comics, television, and film.

Then we went straight ahead to one of the famous spots here. We have seen the biggest plaza (so far) along the way, the Plaza Mayor de Tobias.

Then we entered Casa Biñan where our National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal resided once. It showcases replica of rooms where him and his family used to live at.
From one of its windows you'll get a glance of the famous scene from movie, 'Heneral Luna'.






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Familiar enough?

After our visit here, we decided to stop following the tour and just take a stroll all over the rest of the Parque de Manila.

From Casa Biñan, you can also see Casa Baliuag I, Casa Binondo II and Casa Quiapo along the way.

From the same road, you can also see Casa Tondo, Casa Binondo I and Casa Candaba.

Then at the last corner part of the first phase, you can see Casa San Miguel, Casa Byzantina, Casa Mexico and Casa Jaen II surrounding Plaza Atienza.
Parallel to Plaza Atienza is Plaza Belmonte where you can also see Casa Jaen I, Casa Luna, Casa Baliuag II and Paseo de la Escolta.
Last but not the least, Casa Cagayan and the Batis swimming pool are both located near the shore.

LIST OF CASAS IN LAS CASA FILIPINAS DE ACUZAR

  • Casa Balayan 1 from Batangas
  • Casa Balayan 2 from Batangas
  • Casa Balanga from Bataan
  • Casa Baliuag 1 - (built in 1898; owned by the Vergel de Dios family). The house contains wood carvings with floral motifs. The original owner of Casa Baliwag was Kapitan Fernando Vergel de Dios and Doña Carmen De Leon; it was inherited by their eldest daughter, Juliana VD Reyes. It was originally across the town's San Agustín Church. Family members fondly called it "Luwasan" since it was the house referred to when going towards the town or to Manila. Kapitan Fernando had another house called "Hulo", which was going towards the "dulo" or end of town.
  • Casa Baliuag 2 - originally in the compound of Iglesia ni Cristo in Baliuag. It was owned by a González.
  • Casa Biñan (Alberto House) - is a partial replica of the house of Teodora Alonso, the mother of national hero José Rizal. Acuzar used the original wooden door, stairs and a few planks when he recreated it. He abandoned the planned donation of the house by its current owner, Gerardo Alberto, after new broke out regarding his planned acquisition of the heritage house. Hundreds protested his acquisition, while numerous heritage groups called the acquisition a "tragedy" in heritage conservation. The original house has been 'gutted', as half have been transported to Las Casas.
  • Casa Binondo 1 from Manila
  • Casa Binondo 2 from Manila
  • Casa Bonita
  • Casa Bizantina – (built in 1890) is a three-storey, intricately designed bahay na bato from Binondo, Manila. The Instituto de Manila (now the University of Manila) once rented it for elementary and high school classes until 1919, when the school moved to Sampaloc, Manila. After World War II, the building was leased to tenants, who later gave way to a squatters' colony before the building was demolished in 2009.
  • Casa Cagayan -a collection of four wooden houses built on stilts. Such houses were usually regarded as those of poor people in Cagayan in the early 1900s.
  • Casa Candaba - (built in 1780, owned by the Reyes family) was home to the Spanish Governor-General whenever he visited Pampanga.
  • Casa Hidalgo - (built in 1867) was the first campus of the University of the Philippines’ School of Fine Arts, of which its owner Rafael Enríquez was the first director. Thence, it has housed the first school of architecture in the country, a bowling alley, a dormitory, and flesh joint.
  • Casa Jaen 1 and 2 - Two houses from Jaen, Nueva Ecija, originally owned by the Esquivel clan. Casa Jaen 1, also known as the Don Hilario Esquivel House, was built in the 1900s and won the House Beautiful Award in 1917 by the Sunday Tribune.
  • Casa Lubao - (built in 1920; owned by the Arastia and Vitug families) served as a storehouse for rice and sugar, and became a Japanese garrison during World War II. A story goes that a Japanese colonel stopped his men from burning the house out of gratitude to the Arastia family, who had unknowingly hired him as a driver and gardener before the war.
  • Casa Luna - (owned by the Novicio family) houses a museum. Built in 1850, its original location was in Namacpacan (now Luna, La Union). The town was renamed to honour revolutionaries and brothers Antonio and Juan Luna, whose mother was a daughter of the Novicio clan.
  • Casa Mexico - salvaged from a junk shop and reconstructed based on an old photograph.
  • Casa Meycauayan - (built in 1913 by the Escota family) was built in the City of San Fernando in Pampanga. It was rebuilt in the 1950s in MeycauayanBulacan, where Rogelio Urrutia bought it.
  • Paseo de Escolta – used old and new material to recreate commercial buildings in the early 1900s in Manila. With 17 rooms, it houses a hotel and shops.
  • Casa Unisan - (built 1839) is the Maxino house in Unisan, Quezon. It is made of hardwood complete with trapdoors. Only one girl survived the massacre of the family and that tragedy makes the house much talked about not only for its beauty. Its ground floor is now the hotel's Marivent Café, which serves Filipino food.

OTHER TOURS YOU CAN AVAIL AT LAS CASAS

Aside from their regular Heritage Tour, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar also offers different kinds of tours around the vicinity:

Balsa Tour

Balsa Tour is offered separately during night and day with varying rates depending on the time of the year. Both Balsa Day and Night Tour cost PHP 500 per person from November to June, and PHP 300 per person for July to October.

SCHEDULE
  • Guests may hop on the Balsa as early as 9 AM
  • Note: Night tours are not available as of the moment

Balsa Day and Night Tour includes
  • Balsa ride with tour guide
  • Casa Visit which is subject to change depending on availability of the house.

Hotel de Oriente Tour

Considered as the first luxury hotel in the Philippines, Hotel de Oriente allows you to step into the world of the Filipino elite during the colonial era. Marvel at the wooden sculptures and figures that depict the masterful works of artisans from Paete and Betis. Displayed to a spectacular effect, these carvings highlight the fusion of Filipino images juxtaposed to Western motifs.

Hotel De Oriente is built based on archival records and surviving photos of the original structure. Serving as the property’s premier convention center, this three-floor replica of the first luxury hotel in Binondo can accommodate intimate parties of 10-30 and grand banquets of up to 1000 people.

READ: Hotel de Oriente - The First Luxury Hotel in Manila

RESORT AMENITIES 

  • Swimming Pool
  • Beach Inflatables 
  • Restaurants
  • Beach Front Bar 
  • Jeepney - means of getting around the resort


WHERE TO EAT

Since Las Casas is a huge place and going out of the heritage place is quite challenging especially for those who don't bring private vehicles, the only option to eat is inside. 

I warn you, the food and merchandise here are quite expensive - like double or triple the usual price.

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We tried to have some Spanish bread from a store located in Paseo de la Escolta. And for our diner? We went to Cafe del Rio, not for the food but for the view. Hahaha why not?

It gives you a really great view of the lake/river where you can have the church (Santuario de San Jose) on the background!

NIGHT TIME

During the evening (around 7-8pm) my friends decided to rest and take a nap after a long day. Imagine the 5-hour travel and the afternoon tour by walking, I understood their bodies' need to recharge.

But this did not stop me on exploring Las Casas more, especially at night where all the lights are on and complementing with the whole place.

I really love the scenery at night and I was lucky enough to have a full moon on the background.

So don't forget to bring your best camera if you decide to stay here overnight. The booking rates are really worth it!

BUFFET BREAKFAST

The following day, the first thing we did is take advantage of FREE buffet breakfast which is located at the Hotel de Oriente. We had ours at around 8am.

THE BEACH

After having our tummies full, we decided to detour to the beach and dip for a bit. The waters on the beach is nice and clear however, if you are a fan of white sand then don't expect to see it here.

But what I love about this beach is its fine sand and shallow waters. Everyone from all ages are okay to swim inside the safe area.

Other things you can do here is jetski and banana boat.

HOW TO BOOK A STAY AT LAS CASAS

Day tour Accommodations (Walk-in) 

  • Php 1,500 General admission plus tour weekdays
  • Php 2,500 General admission plus tour weekends


Overnight Accommodations



HOTEL ROOMS


With 217 hotel rooms, you’ll never run out of choices on how to relive the past at Las Casas Bataan Resort. Striking a balance between the classic beauty of the olden days and the innovations of the present time, each room features:
  • One full granite bathroom with separate
  • bathtub and shower
  • Hair dryer (upon request)
  • Extra bed (upon request)
  • In-room safety deposit box
  • Options for beach-view or plaza-view room*
  • Television with cable channels
  • Air-conditioning

Since we are 4, we booked a stay at Large Superior Deluxe.

Our room is located at the 3rd floor and it offers a nice view of their man-made island (now has a swimming pool in the middle).

It gives me nostalgic feels especially in the morning. By the way, they provided us free coffee, free hygiene and sanity kit, free use of towels and free sleepers! :D

Did I forget to mention, they also provide FREE WIFI? :)



PRIVATE CASAS

Casa Tondo

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Built sometime in the 1900s, Casa Tondo has the typical structural design of the houses in old Manila. The main feature of the house is its “media agua”, or the roof above the windows that resembles a canopy. It offers a good view of the plaza, and can accommodate up to 6 adults.

  • 3 queen beds
  • 3 rooms

Casa Ladrillo

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One of the biggest infrastructures in the resort, this casa is characterized by its rustic yet classic design. Its most prominent feature is its orange brick facade inspired by the structures of European architecture. It has a total of 3 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 6 adults.

  • 3 king beds

Casa San Miguel

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Originally from San Miguel, Bulacan, this casa was built in the 1900s. It was owned by the Buencamino Family and was transferred to the resort in 2009. The staircase, which was originally at the back of the house, was repositioned to the front as the owner’s attempt to highlight its beauty. This Bataan resort casa has 5 rooms and can accommodate up to 10 people.

  • 12 queen beds


Casa Esquina

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This 2-story casa offers a peek at Spanish royalty living and takes pride in its luxurious furniture design and intricate fixtures from ceiling, wall, to floor. Equipped with grandiose features that include an old-world inspired bathing area, this accommodation has 2 bedrooms and can host up to 4 adults.

  • 2 king beds


Casa Lemery

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Named after a municipality in Batangas, Casa Lemery is one of the rather artistic casas in the vicinity. Notable for its caryatids, which are columns shaped in the form of women, this accommodation has a total of 2 bedrooms and can accommodate a maximum of 4 adults.

  • 2 king beds

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Casa Bonita

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Its name may be derived from the Spanish term for “small” but nothing about its interior is short of grandiose. Its doors lead to a spacious studio-type accommodation fully equipped with a luxurious bed and an extravagant bathroom with two bathtubs. This casa can host up to 2 adults.
  • 1 king bed

Casa Baliuag

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Highly floral in motif, this house was owned by Kapitan Fernando Vergel de Dios who had two wives and a total of 21 children in his lifetime. The lower part of the house was called “luwasan” because this is where Bulakeños waited for their ride to Manila. Located at the plaza, this casa can accommodate up to 8 adults.
  • 4 queen beds
  • 2 rooms

Casa Binondo 

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This 2-story casa takes pride in the featured artwork displayed on its 2nd floor. These paintings called the Noveau Paintings give you the perfect artistic feels of the Spanish period. Equipped with a balcony, it provides a good nook for relaxation and offers a beautiful view of the Plaza. It accommodates up to 8 people making it perfect for families on vacation.
  • 4 queen beds
  • 4 rooms

Casa Gapan

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This casa was originally built and by amateur architect Hospicio Garcia as a graduation gift to his daughter Genoveva Garcia. Unfortunately, Genoveva had other plans for her life and decided to elope with her American beau, Raymond Miller. Enraged with this turn of events, Hospicio threatened to burn the house down. Fortunately, his family was able to calm him down and change his mind. Nestled on a semi-exclusive location, it features a total of 5 rooms and offers a sweeping view of the lake.
  • 1 queen bed
  • 4 king beds

Casa Balanga

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Built in the 1920s, this casa was owned by Don Manuel Banzon until they were forced out by Japanese soldiers. It was turned into a Japanese Kempeitai during the second World War. After the liberation, the Banzons were able to reclaim their house which they turned into a clinic helping those in need of medical assistance. It features a total of 2 rooms and is located on a separate island with a private promenade and bougainville trellis.
  • 2 queen beds
  • 1 king bed

Casa Irosin

Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar - Casa Irosin

This casa features a colorful history as being the only bahay na bato saved in its neighborhood during WWII. It was supposed to be demolished but was saved from destruction after a Japanese officer saw a picture of Charito, the owner of the house, wearing a kimono. Located at a semi-exclusive island cut from the rest, it has a total of 4 rooms and features a stunning view of the lake and the mountains.
  • 5 queen beds
  • 1 king bed

Casa Byzantina

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Casa Byzantina was originally found in San Nicolas, Binondo. Considered as a floral “bahay na bato”, this house made use of revivalist styles with influences of several classical art movements. Complete with luxurious Hermes amenities, 24/7 butler service, and free cocktails, this casa is located at the plaza and can accommodate up to 16 guests.
  • 7 queen beds
  • 6 rooms

HOW TO GET TO LAS CASAS FILIPINAS DE ACUZAR

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is located along the shore of Bagac in Bataan. That gives you a few options on how you can go there.

Via Land Travel

  • From Cubao (Quezon City, Metro Manila), take a bus (P200-250, 2-2.5 hours) to Balanga, Bataan.
  • Bus companies (Bataan Transit & Genesis Transport) serving this route have daily trips that leave hourly.
  • After arrival at the Bataan Transport Terminal, transfer to a bus bound for Bagac.
  • From the town proper of Bagac, hire a tricycle that will bring you to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (P10/person, 10 mins).

Via Sea & Land Travel

  • Take a ferry ride from MOA Seaside Esplanade (Manila) going to Orion, Bataan (less than 1 hour). Read: Manila to Bataan in Less Than an Hour
  • Once you arrive at Orion Seaport, there are van for hire that can bring you straight to Las Casas in Bagac.
A jeepney we took from Balanga City to Batac

Via Private Vehicle

Bataan is accessible via the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX).
  1. (Via NLEX) From Manila, Bagac is a 3-hour drive via the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX). Exit at San Fernando (P157 toll fee). Take the westbound side of Jose Abad Santos Avenue (Gapan-Olongapo Road), heading towards the towns of Bacolor, Guagua, and Lubao in Pamgpanga. Upon reaching Dinalupihan, turn left at Roman Superhighway. Once in Balanga City, turn right at Gov. J.J. Linao National Road. Drive along the scenic route at the foot of Mt. Samat (where you can see the Dambana ng Kagitingan) until you reach the town of Bagac. Follow the road markers that point to Las Casas.
  2. (Via SCTEX) If you’re coming from northern/central Luzon, take the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and exit at Dinalupihan. Turn right at Roman Superhighway and follow the directions above.

If you don’t have a private vehicle, you can rent a car or van here.

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LAS CASAS ITINERARY AND EXPENSES

Here are the breakdown of our travel and expenses to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar:

DAY 1

  • 07:00 Catch a bus bound to Balanga from Cubao (Bataan Transit) = Fare is around P250.00 per head
  • 10:00 Arrival to Balanga, then take a jeepney ride bound to Bagac = Fare is around P50.00 per head
  • 12:00 Arrival to Bagac, eat lunch from a nearby karinderia = Food price is around P30.00 to P50.00 per head, we also bought some snacks and bottled water for P50.00 per head
  • 13:00 Arrival to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar and check-in time. There are tricycles for hire from Bagac terminal will cost you around P20 per head. In our case, the jeepney driver gave us a courtesy ride to Las Casas. :)
  • 15:30 Heritage Tour = FREE for those who booked a stay
  • 16:30 Stroll around and have some snacks
  • 18:00 Dinner, we had ours at Cafe del Rio = Food budget P200 per head
  • 19:00 Relax at room or stroll around and see other casas
  • 22:00 Sleep time!

DAY 2

  • 08:00 Breakfast Buffet = Price: zero pesos because it's FREE for us :)
  • 09:00 Swimming = Free
  • 10:00 Last stroll and photo ops
  • 11:00 Pack up
  • 12:00 Check out

Note: our stay for 4 pax priced at aroud P9,000.00 for a night

TOTAL EXPENSE (per head) = P2,900++

I didn't know a nearby attraction in Bagac when we visited. So we decided to get straight to jeepney terminal to travel back to Balanga to catch a bus trip to Manila.

REMINDERS

Here are important things you need to consider before going to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
  • Bringing food inside is prohibited (but we did brought a few snacks hehe *peace)
  • Cellular networks are available but limited. Enjoy the Free Wifi if you book a stay from one of their rooms.
  • Swimming attire is required from the batis pool and the beach. You will be given free towels.
  • Beach area is only open from 6am to 6pm while the batis pool is from 7am to 9pm.
  • You can buy souvenirs or pasalubong before leaving.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Address: Barangay Ibaba, Bagac, Bataan
Email: reserve@lascasasfilipinas.com
Contact no.: 09178729361 / 09258055232 / (02) 8833-3333 loc 116-117
Website: www.lascasasfilipinas.com
Facebook: Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
Instagram: @lascasasfilipinasdeacuzar

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

  • What is the meaning of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar?
    Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is the Spanish for "Acuzar's Philippine Houses"

  • Why we should visit Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar?
    Just three hours away from Manila, tourists will find themselves worlds away from the city's modern buildings and bustling scene. Nestled by the shores of Bagac, Bataan is Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, an open-air museum and heritage park that celebrates the country's Hispanic-Filipino history. 

  • How much is the entrance fee in Las Casas Filipinas?
  • The regular day tour costs ₱1,500 per person. This includes admission to the site, guided tours, and refreshments. But you can get a discounted rate of ₱1,200 when you book online.

  • Who is Jose acuzar?
    Jose Acuzar is a Filipino entrepreneur who rose from poverty to become one of the richest real estate businessmen in the Philippines. He is owner of New San Jose Builders, Chief Executive Officer of Real Bank and the Chairman of Manuel Luis Quezon University (MLQU), a private tertiary institution located in Manila.

  • Can we bring food inside las Casas?
    Las Casas Filipinas discourages and fines guests who bring food inside the resort. Snack and bottled water are allowed but viands and meals are strictly prohibited. There are several in-house restaurants at the resort, during our stay there were only two restaurants open.

  • How big is Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar?
    40 acres

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Playa La Caleta

Playa La Caleta is an eco-friendly and sustainable beach cove in Morong, Bataan, just a 15-minute boat ride from Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.


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This place will walk you through the past of the Philippines.


Before 2016 ends, me and my wife (just newly wed 😁) went here for "honeymoon". Special thanks to our friends, Nicole and Jayvee for booking us a night here. So in 2 days we got to experience the beauty of the "old Philippines" in this heritage.

In this guide, I will include information about Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar and its guided Heritage Tour, the description of each casas and how to book/rent them, overnight accommodation, buffet experience, budget and itinerary.

About Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar

Travel back in time while taking a walk through history, Las Casas which is owned by Jose “Gerry” Acuzar of New San Jose Builders, is an open-air museum and heritage resort consisting of 128 guest rooms and 63 elite casas. Las Casas is a restored piece of history saved from total ruin and neglect.
Currently, the property has four major restaurants including Cusina ni Nanay Maria, Café Marivent, Café Del Rio, and La Bella Teodora. It also features a beach, a batis-inspired swimming pool, and a man-made estero.

Acuzar has been buying old fashioned houses since 2003 taking them down and reassembling them in his 400 hectares property in Bataan. In 2010, Las Casas has opened its doors to the public for tours and accommodation.


LAS CASAS HERITAGE TOUR

Since we booked an overnight stay at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, day tour or the Heritage Tour is already included. However, the tour is open to all walk-in visitors.

We were given this guide map upon check-in.


The tour started at the front of the hotel or reception 2 area where we also booked a stay at.

Heritage Tour started 

The tour started at 3:30PM and our group is guided by a tour guide who also told stories and trivia about each casa.

She told us about the casas along La Pueblo del Sol parallel to Estero de Binondo - the road dividing the casas to the beach or La Plaza.

Then we cross the short bridge that connects the small man-made islet called 'Plaza Maria' where we saw 3 casas - Casa Gapan, Casa Balanga and Casa Irosin.


The tour guide said that we can get in to some casas as long as they are available and there are no guess booked in. These 3 weren't available so we proceed to the next ones.

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View from our room

Across the islet is another bigger islet where more casas are standing at. Lying in the middle of the islet is the Plaza Marcelino and it surrounded by 6 casas - Casa San Luis, Casa Bonita, Casa Tuguegarao, Casa Sta. Rita (where Cafe del Rio is located at), Casa Lemery and Casa La Esquina - and La Ribera.
Then we went back to at the later part of Estero de Binondo where we saw 3 more casas - Casa Terraza, Casa Ladrillo (this one looks like a Harry Potter structure) and Casa Hagonoy.

Then we crossed the bridge called 'Tulay ni Lola Basyang' over the Umagol River to go to Parque de Manila where it all started.
Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang (Tagalog, literally "The Stories of Grandmother Basyang") is an anthology of short stories written by "Lola Basyang," the nom de plume of Severino Reyes, founder and editor of the Tagalog magazine, Liwayway. The original magazine stories have since been adapted into books, comics, television, and film.

Then we went straight ahead to one of the famous spots here. We have seen the biggest plaza (so far) along the way, the Plaza Mayor de Tobias.

Then we entered Casa Biñan where our National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal resided once. It showcases replica of rooms where him and his family used to live at.
From one of its windows you'll get a glance of the famous scene from movie, 'Heneral Luna'.






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Familiar enough?

After our visit here, we decided to stop following the tour and just take a stroll all over the rest of the Parque de Manila.

From Casa Biñan, you can also see Casa Baliuag I, Casa Binondo II and Casa Quiapo along the way.

From the same road, you can also see Casa Tondo, Casa Binondo I and Casa Candaba.

Then at the last corner part of the first phase, you can see Casa San Miguel, Casa Byzantina, Casa Mexico and Casa Jaen II surrounding Plaza Atienza.
Parallel to Plaza Atienza is Plaza Belmonte where you can also see Casa Jaen I, Casa Luna, Casa Baliuag II and Paseo de la Escolta.
Last but not the least, Casa Cagayan and the Batis swimming pool are both located near the shore.

LIST OF CASAS IN LAS CASA FILIPINAS DE ACUZAR

  • Casa Balayan 1 from Batangas
  • Casa Balayan 2 from Batangas
  • Casa Balanga from Bataan
  • Casa Baliuag 1 - (built in 1898; owned by the Vergel de Dios family). The house contains wood carvings with floral motifs. The original owner of Casa Baliwag was Kapitan Fernando Vergel de Dios and Doña Carmen De Leon; it was inherited by their eldest daughter, Juliana VD Reyes. It was originally across the town's San Agustín Church. Family members fondly called it "Luwasan" since it was the house referred to when going towards the town or to Manila. Kapitan Fernando had another house called "Hulo", which was going towards the "dulo" or end of town.
  • Casa Baliuag 2 - originally in the compound of Iglesia ni Cristo in Baliuag. It was owned by a González.
  • Casa Biñan (Alberto House) - is a partial replica of the house of Teodora Alonso, the mother of national hero José Rizal. Acuzar used the original wooden door, stairs and a few planks when he recreated it. He abandoned the planned donation of the house by its current owner, Gerardo Alberto, after new broke out regarding his planned acquisition of the heritage house. Hundreds protested his acquisition, while numerous heritage groups called the acquisition a "tragedy" in heritage conservation. The original house has been 'gutted', as half have been transported to Las Casas.
  • Casa Binondo 1 from Manila
  • Casa Binondo 2 from Manila
  • Casa Bonita
  • Casa Bizantina – (built in 1890) is a three-storey, intricately designed bahay na bato from Binondo, Manila. The Instituto de Manila (now the University of Manila) once rented it for elementary and high school classes until 1919, when the school moved to Sampaloc, Manila. After World War II, the building was leased to tenants, who later gave way to a squatters' colony before the building was demolished in 2009.
  • Casa Cagayan -a collection of four wooden houses built on stilts. Such houses were usually regarded as those of poor people in Cagayan in the early 1900s.
  • Casa Candaba - (built in 1780, owned by the Reyes family) was home to the Spanish Governor-General whenever he visited Pampanga.
  • Casa Hidalgo - (built in 1867) was the first campus of the University of the Philippines’ School of Fine Arts, of which its owner Rafael Enríquez was the first director. Thence, it has housed the first school of architecture in the country, a bowling alley, a dormitory, and flesh joint.
  • Casa Jaen 1 and 2 - Two houses from Jaen, Nueva Ecija, originally owned by the Esquivel clan. Casa Jaen 1, also known as the Don Hilario Esquivel House, was built in the 1900s and won the House Beautiful Award in 1917 by the Sunday Tribune.
  • Casa Lubao - (built in 1920; owned by the Arastia and Vitug families) served as a storehouse for rice and sugar, and became a Japanese garrison during World War II. A story goes that a Japanese colonel stopped his men from burning the house out of gratitude to the Arastia family, who had unknowingly hired him as a driver and gardener before the war.
  • Casa Luna - (owned by the Novicio family) houses a museum. Built in 1850, its original location was in Namacpacan (now Luna, La Union). The town was renamed to honour revolutionaries and brothers Antonio and Juan Luna, whose mother was a daughter of the Novicio clan.
  • Casa Mexico - salvaged from a junk shop and reconstructed based on an old photograph.
  • Casa Meycauayan - (built in 1913 by the Escota family) was built in the City of San Fernando in Pampanga. It was rebuilt in the 1950s in MeycauayanBulacan, where Rogelio Urrutia bought it.
  • Paseo de Escolta – used old and new material to recreate commercial buildings in the early 1900s in Manila. With 17 rooms, it houses a hotel and shops.
  • Casa Unisan - (built 1839) is the Maxino house in Unisan, Quezon. It is made of hardwood complete with trapdoors. Only one girl survived the massacre of the family and that tragedy makes the house much talked about not only for its beauty. Its ground floor is now the hotel's Marivent Café, which serves Filipino food.

OTHER TOURS YOU CAN AVAIL AT LAS CASAS

Aside from their regular Heritage Tour, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar also offers different kinds of tours around the vicinity:

Balsa Tour

Balsa Tour is offered separately during night and day with varying rates depending on the time of the year. Both Balsa Day and Night Tour cost PHP 500 per person from November to June, and PHP 300 per person for July to October.

SCHEDULE
  • Guests may hop on the Balsa as early as 9 AM
  • Note: Night tours are not available as of the moment

Balsa Day and Night Tour includes
  • Balsa ride with tour guide
  • Casa Visit which is subject to change depending on availability of the house.

Hotel de Oriente Tour

Considered as the first luxury hotel in the Philippines, Hotel de Oriente allows you to step into the world of the Filipino elite during the colonial era. Marvel at the wooden sculptures and figures that depict the masterful works of artisans from Paete and Betis. Displayed to a spectacular effect, these carvings highlight the fusion of Filipino images juxtaposed to Western motifs.

Hotel De Oriente is built based on archival records and surviving photos of the original structure. Serving as the property’s premier convention center, this three-floor replica of the first luxury hotel in Binondo can accommodate intimate parties of 10-30 and grand banquets of up to 1000 people.

READ: Hotel de Oriente - The First Luxury Hotel in Manila

RESORT AMENITIES 

  • Swimming Pool
  • Beach Inflatables 
  • Restaurants
  • Beach Front Bar 
  • Jeepney - means of getting around the resort


WHERE TO EAT

Since Las Casas is a huge place and going out of the heritage place is quite challenging especially for those who don't bring private vehicles, the only option to eat is inside. 

I warn you, the food and merchandise here are quite expensive - like double or triple the usual price.

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We tried to have some Spanish bread from a store located in Paseo de la Escolta. And for our diner? We went to Cafe del Rio, not for the food but for the view. Hahaha why not?

It gives you a really great view of the lake/river where you can have the church (Santuario de San Jose) on the background!

NIGHT TIME

During the evening (around 7-8pm) my friends decided to rest and take a nap after a long day. Imagine the 5-hour travel and the afternoon tour by walking, I understood their bodies' need to recharge.

But this did not stop me on exploring Las Casas more, especially at night where all the lights are on and complementing with the whole place.

I really love the scenery at night and I was lucky enough to have a full moon on the background.

So don't forget to bring your best camera if you decide to stay here overnight. The booking rates are really worth it!

BUFFET BREAKFAST

The following day, the first thing we did is take advantage of FREE buffet breakfast which is located at the Hotel de Oriente. We had ours at around 8am.

THE BEACH

After having our tummies full, we decided to detour to the beach and dip for a bit. The waters on the beach is nice and clear however, if you are a fan of white sand then don't expect to see it here.

But what I love about this beach is its fine sand and shallow waters. Everyone from all ages are okay to swim inside the safe area.

Other things you can do here is jetski and banana boat.

HOW TO BOOK A STAY AT LAS CASAS

Day tour Accommodations (Walk-in) 

  • Php 1,500 General admission plus tour weekdays
  • Php 2,500 General admission plus tour weekends


Overnight Accommodations



HOTEL ROOMS


With 217 hotel rooms, you’ll never run out of choices on how to relive the past at Las Casas Bataan Resort. Striking a balance between the classic beauty of the olden days and the innovations of the present time, each room features:
  • One full granite bathroom with separate
  • bathtub and shower
  • Hair dryer (upon request)
  • Extra bed (upon request)
  • In-room safety deposit box
  • Options for beach-view or plaza-view room*
  • Television with cable channels
  • Air-conditioning

Since we are 4, we booked a stay at Large Superior Deluxe.

Our room is located at the 3rd floor and it offers a nice view of their man-made island (now has a swimming pool in the middle).

It gives me nostalgic feels especially in the morning. By the way, they provided us free coffee, free hygiene and sanity kit, free use of towels and free sleepers! :D

Did I forget to mention, they also provide FREE WIFI? :)



PRIVATE CASAS

Casa Tondo

Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar

Built sometime in the 1900s, Casa Tondo has the typical structural design of the houses in old Manila. The main feature of the house is its “media agua”, or the roof above the windows that resembles a canopy. It offers a good view of the plaza, and can accommodate up to 6 adults.

  • 3 queen beds
  • 3 rooms

Casa Ladrillo

Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar

One of the biggest infrastructures in the resort, this casa is characterized by its rustic yet classic design. Its most prominent feature is its orange brick facade inspired by the structures of European architecture. It has a total of 3 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 6 adults.

  • 3 king beds

Casa San Miguel

Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar

Originally from San Miguel, Bulacan, this casa was built in the 1900s. It was owned by the Buencamino Family and was transferred to the resort in 2009. The staircase, which was originally at the back of the house, was repositioned to the front as the owner’s attempt to highlight its beauty. This Bataan resort casa has 5 rooms and can accommodate up to 10 people.

  • 12 queen beds


Casa Esquina

Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar

This 2-story casa offers a peek at Spanish royalty living and takes pride in its luxurious furniture design and intricate fixtures from ceiling, wall, to floor. Equipped with grandiose features that include an old-world inspired bathing area, this accommodation has 2 bedrooms and can host up to 4 adults.

  • 2 king beds


Casa Lemery

Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar

Named after a municipality in Batangas, Casa Lemery is one of the rather artistic casas in the vicinity. Notable for its caryatids, which are columns shaped in the form of women, this accommodation has a total of 2 bedrooms and can accommodate a maximum of 4 adults.

  • 2 king beds

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Casa Bonita

Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar

Its name may be derived from the Spanish term for “small” but nothing about its interior is short of grandiose. Its doors lead to a spacious studio-type accommodation fully equipped with a luxurious bed and an extravagant bathroom with two bathtubs. This casa can host up to 2 adults.
  • 1 king bed

Casa Baliuag

Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar

Highly floral in motif, this house was owned by Kapitan Fernando Vergel de Dios who had two wives and a total of 21 children in his lifetime. The lower part of the house was called “luwasan” because this is where Bulakeños waited for their ride to Manila. Located at the plaza, this casa can accommodate up to 8 adults.
  • 4 queen beds
  • 2 rooms

Casa Binondo 

Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar

This 2-story casa takes pride in the featured artwork displayed on its 2nd floor. These paintings called the Noveau Paintings give you the perfect artistic feels of the Spanish period. Equipped with a balcony, it provides a good nook for relaxation and offers a beautiful view of the Plaza. It accommodates up to 8 people making it perfect for families on vacation.
  • 4 queen beds
  • 4 rooms

Casa Gapan

Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar

This casa was originally built and by amateur architect Hospicio Garcia as a graduation gift to his daughter Genoveva Garcia. Unfortunately, Genoveva had other plans for her life and decided to elope with her American beau, Raymond Miller. Enraged with this turn of events, Hospicio threatened to burn the house down. Fortunately, his family was able to calm him down and change his mind. Nestled on a semi-exclusive location, it features a total of 5 rooms and offers a sweeping view of the lake.
  • 1 queen bed
  • 4 king beds

Casa Balanga

Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar

Built in the 1920s, this casa was owned by Don Manuel Banzon until they were forced out by Japanese soldiers. It was turned into a Japanese Kempeitai during the second World War. After the liberation, the Banzons were able to reclaim their house which they turned into a clinic helping those in need of medical assistance. It features a total of 2 rooms and is located on a separate island with a private promenade and bougainville trellis.
  • 2 queen beds
  • 1 king bed

Casa Irosin

Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar - Casa Irosin

This casa features a colorful history as being the only bahay na bato saved in its neighborhood during WWII. It was supposed to be demolished but was saved from destruction after a Japanese officer saw a picture of Charito, the owner of the house, wearing a kimono. Located at a semi-exclusive island cut from the rest, it has a total of 4 rooms and features a stunning view of the lake and the mountains.
  • 5 queen beds
  • 1 king bed

Casa Byzantina

Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar

Casa Byzantina was originally found in San Nicolas, Binondo. Considered as a floral “bahay na bato”, this house made use of revivalist styles with influences of several classical art movements. Complete with luxurious Hermes amenities, 24/7 butler service, and free cocktails, this casa is located at the plaza and can accommodate up to 16 guests.
  • 7 queen beds
  • 6 rooms

HOW TO GET TO LAS CASAS FILIPINAS DE ACUZAR

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is located along the shore of Bagac in Bataan. That gives you a few options on how you can go there.

Via Land Travel

  • From Cubao (Quezon City, Metro Manila), take a bus (P200-250, 2-2.5 hours) to Balanga, Bataan.
  • Bus companies (Bataan Transit & Genesis Transport) serving this route have daily trips that leave hourly.
  • After arrival at the Bataan Transport Terminal, transfer to a bus bound for Bagac.
  • From the town proper of Bagac, hire a tricycle that will bring you to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (P10/person, 10 mins).

Via Sea & Land Travel

  • Take a ferry ride from MOA Seaside Esplanade (Manila) going to Orion, Bataan (less than 1 hour). Read: Manila to Bataan in Less Than an Hour
  • Once you arrive at Orion Seaport, there are van for hire that can bring you straight to Las Casas in Bagac.
A jeepney we took from Balanga City to Batac

Via Private Vehicle

Bataan is accessible via the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX).
  1. (Via NLEX) From Manila, Bagac is a 3-hour drive via the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX). Exit at San Fernando (P157 toll fee). Take the westbound side of Jose Abad Santos Avenue (Gapan-Olongapo Road), heading towards the towns of Bacolor, Guagua, and Lubao in Pamgpanga. Upon reaching Dinalupihan, turn left at Roman Superhighway. Once in Balanga City, turn right at Gov. J.J. Linao National Road. Drive along the scenic route at the foot of Mt. Samat (where you can see the Dambana ng Kagitingan) until you reach the town of Bagac. Follow the road markers that point to Las Casas.
  2. (Via SCTEX) If you’re coming from northern/central Luzon, take the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and exit at Dinalupihan. Turn right at Roman Superhighway and follow the directions above.

If you don’t have a private vehicle, you can rent a car or van here.

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LAS CASAS ITINERARY AND EXPENSES

Here are the breakdown of our travel and expenses to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar:

DAY 1

  • 07:00 Catch a bus bound to Balanga from Cubao (Bataan Transit) = Fare is around P250.00 per head
  • 10:00 Arrival to Balanga, then take a jeepney ride bound to Bagac = Fare is around P50.00 per head
  • 12:00 Arrival to Bagac, eat lunch from a nearby karinderia = Food price is around P30.00 to P50.00 per head, we also bought some snacks and bottled water for P50.00 per head
  • 13:00 Arrival to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar and check-in time. There are tricycles for hire from Bagac terminal will cost you around P20 per head. In our case, the jeepney driver gave us a courtesy ride to Las Casas. :)
  • 15:30 Heritage Tour = FREE for those who booked a stay
  • 16:30 Stroll around and have some snacks
  • 18:00 Dinner, we had ours at Cafe del Rio = Food budget P200 per head
  • 19:00 Relax at room or stroll around and see other casas
  • 22:00 Sleep time!

DAY 2

  • 08:00 Breakfast Buffet = Price: zero pesos because it's FREE for us :)
  • 09:00 Swimming = Free
  • 10:00 Last stroll and photo ops
  • 11:00 Pack up
  • 12:00 Check out

Note: our stay for 4 pax priced at aroud P9,000.00 for a night

TOTAL EXPENSE (per head) = P2,900++

I didn't know a nearby attraction in Bagac when we visited. So we decided to get straight to jeepney terminal to travel back to Balanga to catch a bus trip to Manila.

REMINDERS

Here are important things you need to consider before going to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
  • Bringing food inside is prohibited (but we did brought a few snacks hehe *peace)
  • Cellular networks are available but limited. Enjoy the Free Wifi if you book a stay from one of their rooms.
  • Swimming attire is required from the batis pool and the beach. You will be given free towels.
  • Beach area is only open from 6am to 6pm while the batis pool is from 7am to 9pm.
  • You can buy souvenirs or pasalubong before leaving.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Address: Barangay Ibaba, Bagac, Bataan
Email: reserve@lascasasfilipinas.com
Contact no.: 09178729361 / 09258055232 / (02) 8833-3333 loc 116-117
Website: www.lascasasfilipinas.com
Facebook: Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
Instagram: @lascasasfilipinasdeacuzar

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

  • What is the meaning of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar?
    Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is the Spanish for "Acuzar's Philippine Houses"

  • Why we should visit Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar?
    Just three hours away from Manila, tourists will find themselves worlds away from the city's modern buildings and bustling scene. Nestled by the shores of Bagac, Bataan is Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, an open-air museum and heritage park that celebrates the country's Hispanic-Filipino history. 

  • How much is the entrance fee in Las Casas Filipinas?
  • The regular day tour costs ₱1,500 per person. This includes admission to the site, guided tours, and refreshments. But you can get a discounted rate of ₱1,200 when you book online.

  • Who is Jose acuzar?
    Jose Acuzar is a Filipino entrepreneur who rose from poverty to become one of the richest real estate businessmen in the Philippines. He is owner of New San Jose Builders, Chief Executive Officer of Real Bank and the Chairman of Manuel Luis Quezon University (MLQU), a private tertiary institution located in Manila.

  • Can we bring food inside las Casas?
    Las Casas Filipinas discourages and fines guests who bring food inside the resort. Snack and bottled water are allowed but viands and meals are strictly prohibited. There are several in-house restaurants at the resort, during our stay there were only two restaurants open.

  • How big is Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar?
    40 acres

ALSO IN BATAAN

Playa La Caleta

Playa La Caleta is an eco-friendly and sustainable beach cove in Morong, Bataan, just a 15-minute boat ride from Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.


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