Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
Lovers of architecture, craft and history can travel back in time at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, an inspiring day-trip that will whisk you back to the Philippines’ C.18th colonial past.
Just 125km north-west of Manila, this seaside haven in Bagac, Bataan, includes almost 40 Spanish-Filipino noble mansions, wooden stilt houses and a grand main stone building. Salvaged from around the country by Jose Acuzar, all have been painstakingly moved and then reconstructed piece by piece in their new home. The charming restored village celebrates the architectural styles of bygone eras, including trad crafts workshops and contemporary artists in residence in some structures supported by Bellas Artes Projects. The exotic interiors, especially replica Hotel de Oriente’s striking statues, wood mosaics and bling balustrades, are Insta-worthy too.
Heritage Day Tours include a welcome drink, thirty-minute to one-hour guided walking tour and access to the beach and pool; add a lunch or buffet on optional packages. Guides will share each casa’s story, as you stroll the cobblestoned streets of this evocative time capsule.
The resort also offers balsa (boat) tours for romantic views of the buildings from Umangol River, plus shopping opps from a baker’s to antiques and souvenir stores, or pose in colonial regalia for your own sepia photo!
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is a project of the New San Jose Builders and managed by Asian Grand Legacy / Brgy Ibaba / Bagac / Bataan / +63 2 332 5338 / lascasasfilipinas.com / bellasartesprojects.org