Friday, June 12, 2015

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

        When my husband mentioned going to Bataan for another getaway with the girls last summer, I gladly obliged because he said that we could visit Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. I have been wanting to visit this place because of the architectural treasures that were present here - Filipino Spanish homes relocated and restored as faithfully as possible to its original design. If you ask me, we need more places like this in our country. It's a wonderful way to appreciate not just design and culture, but our history. Behind each house is a story. Some pleasant, some not so, but it helps us understand how our story as a nation unfolded during times of war and afterwards. And it shows how Filipinos lived then and how it affects the way we live now.
      Just a bit of warning before you go on - this post is full of pictures. Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is really a photogenic place to visit. Whether you're using a DSLR camera or your phone, the photos just come to life. I am so glad we were able to visit this place last March. It was a very hot day when we went but we survived! 
Casa Mexico
The reception area for the tours is located here.

Casa Victoria
Check out the guardia sibil behind me hehe.

Casa Byzantina

Inside Casa Byzantina
The priciest rooms in Las Casas are in here.

The heat of the sun tired this little one out.

Walking around Plaza Belmonte

Plaza Atienza

Casa Jaen I

Audrey at Casa Luna

Casa Baliuag II

Peeking at Casa San Miguel
Our tour guide told us that the main stairs wasn't originally
located in front - but for convenience and added aesthetic, 

it was placed there instead.

Plaza Belmonte

Paseo de Escolta

Love this blue door!

Such detailed ventanillas!

An antique store

The girls were horse-watching and decided that they wanted to ride the kalesa!

       In between all of this, we took a lunch break which was quite satisfying. No photos to show as we forgot to take them! Too hungry and Natalie fell asleep already so I had no more hands to spare! haha! 
      We chose to eat at Cafe Marivent which offered Filipino and Spanish cuisine (since we opted not to include food in our day trip package). It was the closest resto to where we were so it was basically a no-brainer! hehe. The food was good and the servings were generous. The other two restaurants around Las Casas also offered Italian and Mexican cuisine.

Kalesa ride!
It was quite bumpy because of all the cobblestones but we had fun!

Happy girls!

Hotel de Oriente

Casa Luna

Enjoying the jeepney ride!
We decided to take a jeepney (it's free) to go to the beach area where there
were newer but still traditionally inspired houses that catered to beach goers.

Natalie enjoyed the jeepney ride so much that she didn't want to go down ;o

The houses overlooking the beach

      There were still other areas to explore at Las Casas but we decided to call it a day after checking out the beach area. Plaza Marcelino was just right behind but the heat of the sun just wasn't letting up. 
        Overall, I just enjoyed the experience. It satisfied my architectural eye candy ;) Day trip entry without snacks only cost us Php 685 for each adult and the kids (ages 2 and 4) were free. Not bad at all. I would definitely recommend a visit to this place, especially if you have friends or relatives visiting from another country. 

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