Time Travel in Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

February 06, 2018

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar did an anniversary promo for weekday stays last August 2017. Of course, we signed up! It's one thing to admire the beautiful photos online about this place to actually see how they have transformed this place to showcase the Filipino heritage. The place is absolutely wonderful. 

The room is really big, but the bathroom is something. Hey, just look at this. Ang lakas maka-travel back in time! For PhP4000, we got this room all by ourselves. Auhm, that was with the 50% discount already. :P 

They've got a bathtub! The bathroom seems to be bigger than the actual sleeping area. 
We decided to do the walking tour the following morning. The room comes with a heritage walking tour, set breakfast, hop-on hop-off jeepney ride and access to the beach area and swimming pool. Instead, we roamed around Las Casas. This place is such a visual feast. I love every nook and cranny.

I found the carabao race interesting so we decided to watch it by the beach. It was my first time to witness such.

Las Casas transforms at night. I love the picturesque of this place even at night. We had an outdoor dining at La Bella Teodora which was really very romantic considering that we were being serenaded as well. That was our best dining experience to date!
After breakfast the following morning, we joined a group of visitors for the heritage walking tour. Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar restores Spanish-Filipino Houses to showcase the Filipino heritage. It takes a lot of time, effort and dedication to restore a single house. They have to take the house apart and then reassemble them in Las Casas. 

We waited at Casa Mexico which also has their reception area.
One of the houses we visited is the Casa Lubao, this was owned by Arrastia Family in the early 1900s in Lubao, Pampanga. 

The Casa Quiapo Manila was the first building of the UP School of Fine Arts. 

The Casa Binan is one of the most controversial houses. According to our guide, Teodora Formosa was locked in one of the rooms after she was discovered to be having an affair with another man. Teodora Alonzo was the sister of the husband and has been accused of poisoning the sister-in-law. Thus, she was exiled. 
Oh, and the final scene from the Heneral Luna movie was filmed here. 
There are still many other restored houses in Las Casas that are rich in history. This one, Casa Byzantina, happens to be the most expensive of the lot. :P It has seven rooms and accommodates 16 people for PhP150,000. Auhm, I know right. :P

The workshop tour was not available on that day, but they said that we can go and check them if we want to. We did, and I'm glad that we checked on them because it was interesting to know how they form part of the whole restoration process. I am actually amazed at their talent.

I am pretty sure that I have not seen even half of their amazing works especially the hardwork and dedication that they've put up for Las Casas, but I am already amazed on what they have accomplished. Las Casas bridges the digital world to the Old Manila that our old generations have known. Pay this place a visit, and appreciate the Filipino heritage.

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