The day we got back in time — time traveled to the Hispanic era.
Summer getaway with family last April 2015.
10 Things to Do in a Day at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Bagac, Bataan
1. Fall in love with Filipino Architecture (Picture takings!)
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is like a big diorama showcasing the scenery of the Hispanic times in the Philippines. All over the place, you’ll see bahay na bato, cobble stones, and statues of people that seemed to be frozen from way back then. A place where you will truly appreciate Filipino Heritage (of course, next to the Historical Town of Vigan).
2. Join the Group Tour Guide
Explore the place with the help of a tour guide and hear interesting stories behind every house that was build and restored in the vicinity. You’ll also get a chance to enter a museum housing religious collections. You might see a workshop tour and cultural show, too. See schedules at the map that will be given to you at the reception when checking in.
3. Play table tennis, sungka, chess, billiards, and other Filipino games
Do fun activities with your friends and family.
4. Buy souvenirs
Bracelets for sale!
5. Rent Bicycles, Golf Carts, and Kalesa
Rates per hour:
Kalesa – Php 50/head (one round)
Golf Cart – P650/hr(if guest driver); P500/hr (if resort driver); P350/hr (resort driver only)
6. Explore the other side of the vicinity via free shuttle
The place is too big for you to explore by feet, so might as well take advantage of the free shuttle provided therein. The shuttle stops at the reception area and beach area only.
7. Dine like an Illustrado
We chose package 1 (set meal) costing Php 1200/pax which included welcome drinks, lunch, afternoon snacks, tetra pack juices, bottled water, and a 30 min – 1 hr guided tour inclusive of free cold towels, and free use of hats.
You can buy breads and snacks as well at the bakery, and at the cafe. Food there was savory but a bit pricey.
8. Experience a Venetian Aura
Enjoy the view of the riverside houses. Oh, how I wish there were boats available for guests.
9. Bathe and wade into the Batis (brook) inspired pool
Isn’t it cute? Swim like you’re in a real stream while singing Tagalog folk songs. Haha!
10. Chill and have a dip at the beach of South China Sea
Time to hang loose! Summer ain’t complete without submerging yourself into the sea, filling your toe gaps with sand and letting your skin kissed by the sun.
Unsatisfied with a one day stay? You may reserve for an overnight accommodation at their villas and reserve for a massage also. See their website for rates and details: Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Room Reservation
See full album in my facebook account Ela Gonzales Del Rosario
How to get there:
[Excerpt from Las Casas website]
Bataan is accessible via the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX). There are buses running direct to Balanga town proper. Balanga Town proper is about 125 kms. northwest from Manila. From Olongapo City, you may take the Victory Liner Buses. Tricycles and jeepneys are the primary modes of transport around Bataan.
You may go through the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark, Pampanga or through the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminals in Manila and make the necessary land transfers.
Las Casas Filipinas is located 20 kilometers away from the Mt. Samat Shrine. From the Japanese Friendship Tower in Bagac, turn left and the resort is 2 kilometers away.
Download maps at their website: Las Casas downloadable maps
Or see this website I’ve run through for a detailed commuting directions: How to get to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (Kudos to the writer!)