Travel back in time with the magnificence of this Bataan getaway
A short drive up north of Metro Manila, away from the private subdivisions, skyrocketing condominiums, and numerous shopping malls, lies a heritage park unlike any other. A mecca of Philippine culture and heritage, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is definitely a bucket list destination for you and your family.
Upon entering the property, you will feel like you have travelled back in time. Cobblestone streets, scenic views of mountain ranges, rice fields, and the vast sea transport you back to a time of living in 18th century Philippines.
Different iconic houses are spread throughout the property. Taken down from their original locations across the Philippines, the houses are treated with utmost care and are rebuilt inside Las Casas.
Brick by brick, plank by plank, capiz window by capiz window, they reconstruct each home as how it originally was.
Opening history books, checking the national archives, and doing extensive research to rebuild each ageing and almost dying home back to its golden days, Las Casas even goes to the extreme of numbering each cobblestone tile to make sure that they end up in the right place. Each house has a story to tell–stories that speak of our country’s history, the house’s own history, and about how life was all the way back in the 18th century.
While you can take a day-tour to see and know more about the houses in this gorgeous heritage park, an overnight stay is also something to consider. Las Casas has a variety of activities for everyone–from taking a dip in the beach to playing traditional Filipino games like sungka and piko. There’s also a traditional Filipino hilot spa and a panaderia within the property. However, walking around and taking in the sights, appreciating the heritage, and culture all around you, is already fun and amusing on its own.
It is undeniable that there are deep scars engrained from this time in our country’s history. However, despite all this, what is left instilled within us as a people are the invaluable gifts of art and culture. Our duty then, as people who now benefit from the past, is to honor it, take care of it, and pass it on to the next generation. This is what Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is doing: preserving what they can of the past, to give us not only a fantastic view of what was, but also a chance to get to live in it.