Way back in 2005, I already heard about a guy who bought old Filipino houses and transplanted them in a heritage town, and I remember that he got a lot of flack for taking these “treasures” out of their original context and arranging them in a place of his choosing, as if on a collector’s whim. I must admit though, that this is no whim, and we owe Mr. Acuzar a multitude of thanks and support for his vision.
Set on a beachside property in Bagac, Bataan, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is a bigger Vigan (which, more than a heritage town, is actually a “street” of old Filipino houses)… or maybe in light of my recent trip to Old Manila, an Intramuros without the walls.
I especially love it that Mr. Acuzar made this place organic by making the houses livable! Rooms are actually available for overnight stays in Paseo de Escolta (where we stayed), and even whole houses are available for rent. YAY!
Our tour guide Roxanne said that only 1% of the property (4 of the 400 hectares) has been used to date, which leaves a lot of room for expansion. Definitely true to their tagline: pride in the past, and hope for the future!
Day tour rates range from 1,000-1,200 per person inclusive of lunch. For an extra P300 more per person, we decided to stay overnight.
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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is currently on its soft opening, and will officially open its doors in December 2010. Restoration work is still ongoing for some houses. A bridge connecting the town to the beach is underway, as well as a church.
You may contact them through the following numbers, or visit their website for more information:
LAS CASAS FILIPINAS DE ACUZAR
Bo Pag-asa, Bagac, Bataan
Manila Sales Office:
Mezzanine Floor Victoria Towers, Timog Avenue, Quezon City
For inquiries and reservations, pls. call
Las Casas Sales & Reservations Office
Telephone No.: (63 2) 332.5338, (632) 335.3032
Fax No.: (63 2) 332.5286 .