Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar, Bataan – I tried googling the translation of this, and all that appears is “Filipino households acuzar”, which in my opinion doesn’t make any sense at all. My guess is that it means something like “The Filipino Houses of Acuzar” and Acuzar is actually a proper name. I figured maybe I’d know the meaning had I enough attention span to listen to the tour guide.
But here you are, Las Casas. One of the most photogenic non-nature places I have ever been to in the Philippines as of today. It’s what they call a “heritage resort”. If that’s hard to understand for you, all it means is that they transferred different old houses from different parts of the Philippines to Bagac, Bataan. They then rebuilt and renovated them so that we can tour in them, and actually sleep in them – for real. If you ask me, it looks like a whole set of a Noli Me Tangere movie or something. Hands down, this place is beautiful.
This house is the starting point for everybody. This is where the admin is – where you check in and check out and all.
These photos were taken under rainy conditions, so they look a bit gloomy. But for me, that just adds to the whole ambiance of the place.
The floor is still made of cobblestones. At first you’d think I’m actually in Calle Crisostomo in Vigan.
You can rent out a golf cart in case you have elderly people with you. This is very important – the package includes a tour to all the houses and you wouldn’t want your grandma and grandpa to walk the whole time right?
The irony: a woman in Filipiniana driving the golf cart. This wouldn’t have been acceptable in olden times.
A closer look at the pond.
There is history behind all of these houses. You will learn all about them during the tour – I don’t want to spoil that for you (and besides, I don’t remember).
An old house with a bluer background for a change.
From the time I stepped there, I just roamed around and took photos by myself. I usually zone out when I’m somewhere I find wonderful or amazing.
Once in a while I see random pretty things and just shoot. All of these photos were shot using a Nikon DSLR on automatic because honestly, that is all I know. Hehe.
As you can see, there aren’t a lot of visitors. Maybe because it’s June. Maybe because the place is not popular at all – which is a bit surprising.
Following the road, I found Faye.
This is apparently the place where lovers meet.
This is just the first of a series of posts on Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar. There is just too much to share, and even if I’ve already handpicked my photos, there are still quite many. I have a lot more stories to tell.
But just to conclude this, I must say you have to – absolutely have to – go to this place. It’s a one-of-a-kind must-experience kind of thing and I would recommend it, especially to those who are looking for something new to do or see. There are many historical sites and museums in the Philippines, but if you really want to experience history as if you actually live in there, this is the place for you.
For more details on Las Filipinas De Acuzar, visit their site: http://www.lascasasfilipinas.com
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