Let your 1000php take you to the 18th century Philippines? Yes??? 🍂🌸
Las Casas filipinas de Acuzar definitely is a place that will let you have a taste of our country’s past! It is an open air museum and a heritage site wherein different houses are structured and will definitely give you an authentic historical ambiance!
There are more or less 30 houses found inside the place. Some are replicas, some are painstakingly transferred from their original locations in different parts of the country and carefully reconstructed each brick, tile, window and door towards its former glory (how cool is that). Also, each house has its own unique story of love, lust, and murder during the cataclysmic periods in Philippine history.
Besides the historical houses, the heritage site also offers cultural elements in the place. Inside the most elegant casa, Hotel de Oriente (which is a replica of the oldest hotel in the Philippines that was destroyed during the war), you can find antique tools that were used during the old times. You can also experience wearing traditional costumes and is inclusive of a photographer already. Yun lang, we weren’t able to experience this Hotel de Oriente since the admission fee of this place is different from the basic admission fee of Las Casas. But we were able to peek inside the hotel, sobrang ganda like OA!!!!!!! Wood parquets, wood carvings, wood panelings, wood mosaics and other extraordinary interiors can be found inside, mesmerized at the grandest expression of Filipino craftsmanship. It was jaw-dropping.
Every corner is aesthetically beautiful!! It is totally a journey to our country’s history. Every step you make gives you a sense of pride for our country’s history, appreciating deeper of how Philippines was before. Nostalgic, romantic, and awe-inspiring.
One of the main activities in Las Casas is its Heritage tour. A 1 hour tour, that is led by a professional guide, around the heritage site giving you a glimpse of the way of life of the Filipinos during the Spanish period. I am not really that interested to history especially when I was a student, but this history tour is an exception. Every story, linked to each casa, is very interesting.
The tour guide will also show you some of the antique appliances and furniture used during the Spanish period such as a phonograph, sofa, electric fan, iron, vintage typewriter, radio, projector, etc.
Heritage Tour Schedule
- Heritage Tour
- Picture Taking
- Ride a Balsa in the Umagol River
- Either in the beach or the pool, both are worth swimming for!!
- Pool are exclusive only for overnight guests
- Biking ( 150php /hour: WORTH IT actually)
- Watch the sunset!!!!
- Games (no admission fee || they have an entertainment facility where you can play games like billiards and darts)
How to go there?
- From Cubao:
- Ride a Bus bound to Balanga City in either Bataan bus liner or Genesis liner (I recommend you to leave at 4am to avoid traffic + to maximize the place)
- Get off to Balanga Terminal and ride a mini bus to Bagac Town || 35php
- From Bagac Town, ride a tricycle to Las Casas
- You can also join facebook events ranging from 1300-1500 ALL IN (just search Las Casas Bataan in the search bar, then click events)
- Food: 250 above
- There are 2 restaurants available inside the resort. Yun lang, mejo pricey.
- If gusto mo makatipid, you can have a heavy meal before going to the resort.
- Admission fee: we recommend you to just avail the basic 1000 pesos entrance fee! Sulit na sya 🙂
- DISCOUNTED ENTRANCE FEE: from 1000 to a cheaper rate, contact Mary Franz de la Cruz (facebook.com/meripranz)
- Overnight rates depend on which room you want to avail: please do check out their website: http://www.lascasasfilipinas.com/
Planning to spend your night in this beauty? Sure! Here’s a gift from me to you! Book with us to avail huge discounts!! YEAY!
Mt Samat, Pilar, Bataan
If you have more time (which I am sure of), you can drop by this place to get to know more of our history.
This place has a huge part of our history, specifically the World War 2. The final days of the battle were held in this place when the defending Allied forces retreated into the mountain. The mountain has turned into a holocaust as several bombings were received. As our soldiers get really tired and sick, they eventually surrendered. That is why there is what you called in our history THE FALL OF BATAAN. Consequently, they were forced to march from Bagac Bataan to Capas Tarlac, where THE BATAAN DEATH MARCH was derived.
After the war has ended, Dambana ng Kagitingan, a shrine, was erected on top of Mt Samat to commemorate our soldiers from the World War 2 who risked their lives and fought for us.
How to go there?
- From Cubao:
- Ride a Bus bound to Balanga City in either Bataan bus liner or Genesis liner
- Get off to Balanga Terminal and ride a jeepney bound for Cabog-Cabog and go down at the intersection to Mount Samat at Diwa, Pilar, Bataan.
- From there, you may opt to hike or hire a tricycle for a fee of 100pesos
- Entrance fee: 30 pesos | less student/senior citizen discount
- Elevator fee (if you want to go up the memorial cross for the museum viewing): 10 pesos
- 5:30AM: ETD to Bataan (via car)
- 8:30-10:30AM: Sidetrip to Mt. Samat
- 11AM: Lunch
- 12:30PM: Arrival in Las Casas
- 1:00-2:30PM: Start of Heritage Tour
- 2:30-6:00PM: Free Time || Explore explore bes
- 6:00PM: ETD back to Manila
Hope this post inspires you to visit these places! For questions/inquiries, you can leave a comment down below! 💋
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