So last week, my family and I went to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan. We’ve all been hearing great reviews about this place and since my mother and I are both suckers for history and antique, we gave it a go.
We booked via Booking.com.
This piece of paper holds our card keys to our hotel room. It says, “Pride in the past. Hope for the future.”
We checked in for the weekend. If you check in, the tours are free and you have free breakfast for two adults. If you exceed, you have to pay an additional of PHP 1,500.00, and that includes another breakfast stub.
For Day Tours, you can pay PHP 1,500.00 and you can go on tours and stuff.
The house that’s my personal favourite! Just look at that fountain and that exterior of the house.
My silhouette gaming is strong, lol.
This whole house was just the reception of the hotel. It’s ridiculously big, windy and beautiful!
Taking a step into another era.
This photograph was taken from the veranda of one of the casas at the compound. The previous owner’s of this casa were a couple who helped our former President Diosdado Macapagal study and finish his schooling. Also, this casa was used a garrison of the Japanese soldiers during the WWII.
Secretly wishing I somehow own this paradise…or at least, a casa from this compound.
The view is amazing and it feels like I’ve been transported to the past.
This was the façade of the casa where the owner’s sent our former President Diosdado Macapagal to school.
My hobbies actually include knocking on old people’s ancestral houses and pleading for them to let me in so I could hear their old family stories and marvel at their antique furniture.
A simple lamp post by the bridge.
Overlooking the Hotel de Oriente. My boyfriend told me it looked like Athens, Greece. Hahaha!
The road inside the compound. You can get around by jeepney for free and/or by tram. Also, as you can see, the beach is just by the side.
Such a pretty and historical site!
Here’s a photograph of the traditional windows from the old casas from the Philippines. The windows are made from capiz shells or Windowpane Oysters.
Never missing an opportunity to shoe-fie on cobblestone roads. Also, roads in the Philippines are all made of cobblestones during the Spanish Regime.
Just love the silhouette effect of this photograph.
Now some of you might find this place familiar. If you’ve seen the film, Heneral Luna, by Director Jerrold Tarog, this was the location where they filmed the scene where the general himself was killed.
Just love this silhouette photograph that my mother took.
A photograph of a lamp post overlooking Hotel de Oriente.
Just look at that intricate bed detail and that rattan handwork. My serious definition of #bedgoals. Though the middle of the headboard sort of looks like the spindle from Sleeping Beauty, lol.
This was the pool inside the compound. It was styled as a ‘batis’ or stream. It’s shallow and great for kids. However, the rocks on the side makes it a bit dangerous. Also, if you’re swimming, just be careful because the pool goes from shallow to a bit deep so be careful not to hit your face.
After a long day worth of tours, you can relax and chill by the tub. They have a beautiful bathroom modeled after vintage bathrooms. If I had known, I would’ve brought bath bombs from Lush.
My beach essentials:
Beach Hat from Robinsons Department Store
Sunnies from Sunnies Studios
Brida by Paulo Coelho
Growing up from the islands of the Philippines, I’m always at the beach. So I love my daily dose of vitamin sea, yay!
My cute cousins and brothers; Rafael, Lemuel, Rojan and Daniel. They’re looking at the window and into the other casas.
I didn’t want to leave this place but sadly, it was time to check out! I’ll surely be back soon!
My day two outfit:
Top from Forever 21
Trousers from Paraluman’s
Bag from Louis Vuitton
Shoes from Divi (hahaha)
My Las Casas outfit during our first day:
Peep Toe Heels from S&H
Bag from Louis Vuitton
I’d surely love to come back when the other constructions are finished. It surely will add more beauty to the already beautiful and historical compound.
A photograph of me just hanging (literally) on the tram.
Such intricate details on this antique mirror. I wonder how many faces have this mirror came across with. Sometimes I wish I could travel through time so I could see what life was back then. I’m sure I’m not the only one who wishes that, right…or am I? I must be crazy then, ha!
Just a nice dip by the pool with my family. It was a beautiful night.
This casa was named Casa Hagonoy from my Dad’s paternal side. My Dad’s Grandpa was from the family who originally owned this house…that’s what my Aunt told me. Hahaha!
I’m a sucker for beautiful sunsets and warm beaches. I’m going to miss this country and its beautiful beaches. That’s why whenever I travel, I always brag about the beautiful beaches in my beautiful homeland.
SUGGESTION: The only problem I encountered was that there wasn’t much food options inside the compound. It was a very big compound and it’s pretty far from the city so there wasn’t much food options when you go out. Also, when we stayed there the Filipino Restaurant inside Hotel de Oriente was closed. We were super disappointed. Good thing we saw a nearby cafe so we just went there instead.
For sure I’d definitely go back here because it’s just stunning! Also, it’s definitely one of those places where I’d recommend my foreign friends to visit. Just amazing and beautiful and very educational.
To know more about Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, click HERE to be redirected to their website.
It’s a bit pricey, I’ll admit, but it’s super worth it!
‘Til my next adventure! Taipei, I’m coming for you!
“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
Galatians 1:10 NIV