If there is one place you need to book to revisit the beauty of our country’s historical architectural design and celebrate our upcoming Independence Day, it would be Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan. Opened by the Acuzar family in 2010, the extensive 400-hectare space is home to a hotel and resort development that was rebuilt to match Philippine colonial-era design.
Guest bedrooms and spaces are available throughout the complex, whose heritage structures they are housed in have taken spots in Bataan’s Las Casas from their original locations situated around the country. One structure was once home to a former Philippine president; another was the first building that housed the University of the Philippines’ first College of Fine Arts. Itching to take a day trip out of Manila and take a breather? We listed down five reasons to drive up to Bataan this week.
1. Take the Heritage Tour to stroll around the complex and enjoy the stories behind each structure.
Las Casas offers a Heritage Tour that includes a walking tour, a river cruise, dining credits, and a kalesa ride. Through this tour, guests can discover the stories and history behind each of the 27 spectacular structures in the heritage hub, plus take in the gorgeous scenery of what used to be Old Manila’s magic. A weekday Heritage Tour costs P2,000 and a weekend tour costs P2,500 per person.
Smaller tour packages also exist for those who like to go off the beaten path and explore on their own: the River Tour (P500 for 4 people) takes guests through the Umangol River, which is surrounded brick walls, arched bridges, and more. The Hotel de Oriente Tour (P200) walks guests through what once used to be the premiere and very first luxury hotel in Manila. The hotel lobby is decorated with wooden sculptures and figures; the work of artisans from an Old World era.
2. Pamper yourself with modern-day amenities amidst a nostalgic setting when you book a night or two at the beach resort.
Guests may opt to retire to luxurious rooms at the Bataan beach resort after long day tours around Las Casas. Each room is designed to transport guests into Old Manila and revisits the country’s Spanish influences—with strong Filipino-Spanish colonial-era architectural accents, but accompanied by world-class amenities and services. While there are many rooms that are fit for weekends out with the family, booking a private casa is also an option. To view room and casa availability and for bookings, click here.
3. Dig into delicious meals from the restaurants situated inside the complex.
More and more wanderlust-driven travelers trot around their countries and the globe to eat delicious meals uniquely prepared in their target destinations—and the food options at Las Casas cater exactly to this travel must-do.
Café Marivent at Casa New Manila is the compound’s flagship restaurant. Open daily and located right by the Umangol River, Café Marivent is known for serving Filipino-Spanish dishes, including a well-loved chicken binakol, leche flan, and gabi ice cream.
To dig into Filipino food favorites, head to Cusina ni Nanay Maria for traditional home-style Filipino dishes, or La Parilla and Pica Pica for Filipino street food snacks. International dishes can be found at the Italian joint La Bella Teodora and tapas bar Café del Rio. Don’t forget to end the day with a tipple from Beach Bar overlooking the West Philippine Sea!
4. Schedule a photoshoot with a professional photographer.
If you didn’t Instagram it, did it really happen? Las Casas proves that it knows modern day needs inside-out with an in-house studio that lets guests book a professional photographer to accompany you as you tour the property. You can even wear the traditional baro’t saya or barong Tagalog during your scheduled photoshoot! This option also makes private dinners, luncheons, and other events easier when it comes to documentation.
5. You can book a FREE day tour at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar this Independence Day, June 12, 2018.
We have great news for those who have that travel itch they need to scratch! This June 12, 2018, Las Casas is opening 1,200 slots for a free Heritage Tour. Who wouldn’t want to tour such a beautiful complex with friends and family on a historical and meaningful day for our country? This exclusive, one-day-only package is set at P2,400 for two persons, plus one person free of charge.
To book a free tour at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar on Independence Day, click here or call 02-332-5286.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is located at Barangay Pag-asa, Bagac, Bataan. You may book tours or weekends through their website (www.lascasasfilipinas.com) or through firstname.lastname@example.org. To locate Las Casas through Google Maps, click here.
[Homestream image from Facebook/Las Casas Bataan]