Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar

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Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar

Walking around Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar‘s 400-hectare heritage park evokes an illusion of strolling through a different time and place, probably not unlike a trip to the museum. In 2003, New San Jose Builders owner Jose “Gerry” Acuzar began rebuilding heritage homes from various provinces in the Philippines, brought on by a lifelong passion for heritage architecture and an irrepressible urge to restore and reclaim the beauty that these homes once possessed. Most, if not all, of the houses were in poor condition, damaged by past wars, an ever changing climate, and sheer neglect. Like many historical structures around the country, these houses faced the threat of being replaced by commercial establishments or slowly decaying from sight as towns grew and fashioned themselves as urban cities.

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In a span of 15 years, nearly 30 Spanish colonial-era buildings have been transplanted and rebuilt, brick by brick, in the heritage resort located in Bagac, Bataan. Taking bookings by the hundreds each month, Las Casas offers heritage tours on kalesa rides so visitors can learn more about the historical and architectural value of each building. The park also has access to a beach, a swimming pool, restaurants, and an art residency and gallery, otherwise known as Bellas Artes.

Whether you’re looking for a worthwhile day tour or a family weekend getaway, a visit to Las Casas is a worthy excuse to not spend another weekend at the mall.

Getting there: Driving to Bagac from Metro Manila can easily take 3 hours via NLEX. A faster, literally off the beaten path is the 50-minute ferry ride from the MOA Seaside Terminal in Pasay City. There are two trips daily, the last at 3:15pm.

For more information visit:
lascasasfilipinas.com

     

Stuck in the city and can’t make the trip to Bataan?
The newly opened Las Casas Outpost in Metro Manila welcomes reservations, while accommodations are set to open in 2019. Follow facebook.com/LasCasasQC or instagram @lascasasqc. Questions? Email lascasasquezoncity@gmail.com.