Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar – Bagac, Bataan

Tucked in the peaceful town of Bagac, Bataan is a collection of Filipino century old houses known as “bahay na bato”.  The Bahay Na Bato, a style of construction, is a mixture of Filipino-Spanish influences.  A house built on stone foundation with wooden legs designed to stand earthquakes.  Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is a brainchild of Mr. Jerry Acuzar who owns a beachside property converted into a historical village resort.

Our recent travel transported us back in time, and fortunately we have witnessed an enthralling world of old Filipino houses.  The Acuzar village depicts the old Filipino town where twenty-two bahay na bato stands on a cobblestone streets.  One who wants to go around the area may either take a leisure walk or take the kalesa ride. The grand houses surrounding the area were formerly owned by prominent families in their respective provinces.  These houses were either abandoned or dilapidated.  Acuzar bought them from its present owners, then transported each and every part of the house, then rebuild it to its present location. Just exactly how it looked ages before us.

The first school of UP College of Fine Arts

Aside from the historical houses, the village is also a resort; it is located next to the beach where one can enjoy swimming.  There’s also a mid size pool available for guests.  A restaurant and bar is also present in the area. The main objective of Mr. Acuzar  in building this village is to showcase and preserve the old Filipino-Spanish architecture. One of the most notable structures in the area is the Casa Hidalgo, the grandest house in its time. It was the first School of UP College of Fine Arts. Its notable products were Fernando Amorsolo, Tomas Mapua, Carlos Francisco, and Guillermo Tolentino.  Accordingly, when the school was transferred to Padre Faura, the building was poorly maintained it became a bowling alley, dormitory, venue for sex live shows and an abortion clinic.

The once glorious Escolta is also pictured   in this village. A building patterned from Escolta’s shopping district stands and serves as the hotel.  Each room is beautifully designed by Mr. Acuzar’s wife, who is also an interior designer herself.

Each house has its own story to tell.   The creation of this village is coupled with controversy. I do not want to delve into that issue.  It is my humble thought that while it is true that the situs is part and parcel of these old houses’  historical importance,  I would rather have it transported to a place where it can be preserved and kept to its former grandeur than letting it decay and perish in a matter of time.

More of Las Casas Filipinas photos here. 

Read my revisit to Las Casas Filipinas Acuzar click 😉


38 thoughts on “Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar – Bagac, Bataan

  1. @chyng the place is very picturesque kahit anong angle 😉 i love the details these old houses wag lang magpakita ang multo hehe 😉

  2. Cha! Ang gaganda ng mga pictures. Di ka lang full-pledged na abogada, photographer pa. I like your pics! They are not simply photos.. they are products of photography! 🙂

  3. looking at these awesome photographs makes me go teary-eyed. despite of whatever the controversy is, i think it is a noble task to go to such pains as to transport those houses and rebuild them exactly as they were. this is a definite to-go place for historians and history-lovers alike.

  4. Excellent blog! I actually love how it is easy on my eyes and also the facts are well written. I am wondering how I may be notified whenever a new post has been made. I have subscribed to your rss feed which must do the trick! Have a nice day!

    1. There is a nice restaurant in the resort. Bataan doesn’t really have “good eating places” except for wayside eateries. Pity since there is excellent, absolutely beautiful fresh seafood in this province.

  5. ^ they have a restaurant inside the resort. they even have buffet at night. but if you are referring to restaurants outside the resort, i’m sorry but i have yet to explore the culinary best of bataan 😉

  6. uu nga maganda dyan lalo na kpag ksama mo ung anak ng may ari ng las casas filipinas hahahaha
    especially to ruben acuzar thank you…

  7. we’ve been there too with my family…i like the place so much..i can’t explain the feeling after… encourage everyone to see the place…many thanks for the photos..very nice..and lively taken…

  8. thanks for sharing . . . a reminder of our country’s forgotten heritage. curiously, does your family hail from Binan Laguna?

  9. this is so awesome! for somebody to even visualize to knock down these houses and bring them all to one place is just visionary. good luck and spread the word about this place. we would like to visit too!

  10. Hi, my kids and I are visiting from NY. Discovered Acuzar from a Cornell grad yesterday. Would you mind sending me more details? How do we get there from Manila? Places to eat and stay? I love old houses, and would love to explore this place. Thanks!

  11. Hello, this is Andoni Centino, a 3rd Year Student from the UP Diliman College of Architecture. We’re having an educational tour for our History, Theory, and Criticism class this coming August and I was really hoping to use your photos as promotional material. Would you grant us permission to do so? 🙂

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