Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is a 400 hectare heritage park that features over 27 Spanish colonial mansions and buildings. Acuzar, the owner of the park bought old Filipino houses, in form of bahay na bato, which are in the state of neglect from its owners, dismantled brick by brick and transported in Bagac, Bataan to reassemble and restore. The park was opened to public in 2010. The park has one Italian restaurant, one Filipino-Spanish restaurant, beach, swimming pool and rooms for accommodation.
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Below are Old Houses and Mansions facing the beach.
How to get to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar?
(Via NLEX) From Manila, Bagac is a 3-hour drive via the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX). Exit at San Fernando. Take the westbound side of Jose Abad Santos Avenue (Gapan-Olongapo Road), heading towards the towns of Bacolor, Guagua, and Lubao in Pamgpanga. Upon reaching Dinalupihan, turn left at Roman Superhighway. Once in Balanga City, turn right at Gov. J.J. Linao National Road. Drive along the scenic route at the foot of Mt. Samat (where you can see the Dambana ng Kagitingan) until you reach the town of Bagac. Follow the road markers that point to Las Casas.
(Via SCTEX) If you’re coming from northern/central Luzon, take the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and exit at Dinalupihan. Turn right at Roman Superhighway and follow the directions above.
But in case of doubt, WAZE is always there to help you out! LOL.
By Public Transport:
You can either ride a Bataan Transit or Genesis Bus heading to Mariveles. We chose Genesis in Pasay since it is nearer to our place. Tell the driver to drop you off at Balanga terminal. That’s roughly 3-4 hour ride from Pasay, depending on the time of departure. Landmark will be Jolibee on your left side. You won’t see the terminal from the drop off point because you have to ride a tricycle. Heading to Balanga terminal, you’ll pass by the bus terminal heading back to Manila so take note of the place. Before, it was mini-bus that takes tourist to Las Casas. When we went at the terminal last March, , there are no mini-buses but jeepneys to take you inside the premise of the heritage park. It is roughly 45 minutes to 1 hour ride from Balanga terminal.
Going back, you have to coordinate with their receptionist so that they find you a tricycle. The tricycle will only take you to the jeepney terminal heading to Balanga terminal.
Breakdown of Expenses:
For lodging, you can check their website and book accordingly. We went there for a day tour package. Their new effective rates are as follows:
Package A. PHP 1,999/pax (minimum of 5 persons to avail)- Inlcusive of welcome drink, one and a half guided walking tour, buffet lunch, free use of pool and beach, cold towel and access to cultural show.
Package B. PHP 1,500/pax- Inclusions are same as package A however without buffet lunch.
a. Catch the earlier trips heading to Balanga as much as possible. First trip in Pasay terminal is 4:00 am.
b. If you have a student companion, remind him/her to bring school ID for student discount (fare).
c. Bring food if possible or buy in the nearest fast food from Balanga terminal to spare you from the over-priced meals inside.
d. You can leave your belongings in the reception area in exchange of stub for claiming purpose. Reception area is quite far from the center of the park however there are shuttles inside which can take you back and forth to reception area for free.
e. The last trip of jeepneys going back to Balanga terminal is 8 in the evening while the last trip of Bus heading back to Manila is 9 in the evening so make sure you’ll leave the park not later than 6:00 pm to catch those trips.
f. Summer isn’t the best season to visit the place. The scorching heat of the place might discourage you to join the guided heritage walk.
g. Make sure your cameras and smartphones are fully-charged because the entire park is picturesque and instagram worthy.