Where do you go if you want to experience what it feels like when the Philippines was invaded by the Spanish? Let me guess: Vigan City. It is almost everyone’s go-to place (aside from Intramuros, of course) for things like this.
Well, let me tell you that there is another place for a taste of history: Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. It is located in Bagac, Bataan. This place is more low-profile than Vigan and Intramuros, and that’s what makes it more interesting.
The compound is filled with 27 houses similar to the ones you see in Vigan. These houses were named according to the place where they were originally built. You understood right! The houses are built in other places and were then moved to Las Casas. Some are from Pangasinan, Tondo, University of the Philippines, and Binondo.
Each house has its own history which would be disclosed to you during a one-hour tour around the whole place.
There are 2 in-house restaurants in Las Casas. One specializes in Spanish and Filipino cuisines and is also the main attraction of Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Cafe Marivent. The most memorable dish for me here is the Kare-Kare.
The other one is an Italian restaurant named La Bella Teodora. When in La Bella Teodora, make sure to try their four-cheese pizza and their lasagna.
Las Casas Filipinas has a beach and a swimming pool. To help you go around the whole place, they offer a jeepney shuttle for free. Currently, they are building a tramway that would also run around the whole compound.
They also have a game room called Salon de Juego. Everything is free and won’t cost you a cent to enjoy. There is also a store where you can buy pasalubongs from.
The uniforms of the employees also added to the ambiance. Each of them is wearing barongs and sayas.
The rooms are affordable and also very comfortable. Our room was a two-floor suite which we got for more or less P6,500. We got it with a discount as we went during the month of May, an off-peak season.
Las Casas Filipinas has an in-house spa to complete your vacation.
You can visit Las Casas for a vacation, book it for pictorials or for receptions — just make sure to experience what it has to offer.