It is a matter of days before we close out in 2020. A tough year that will mark the history of all life on earth.
With nearly a year of being locked up at home, we all missed to travel and spend some time for leisure. The good thing is, we are gradually getting in that direction as more and more tourism destinations are opening. And Las Casas in Bataan is one of them to welcome you all!
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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
Las Casas is rested on the coastal side of Brgy. Ibaba, Bagac, Bataan, a 3-hour drive from Manila.
This heritage and resort site is home to Jose Acuzar’s collection of restored Spanish-Filipino houses. With all the magnificent landscapes, classic architecture, exciting activities, and rich history, your stay is going to be a blast!
Experience and get to know more about history with Las Casas’ heritage tour that will bring you to old Manila times.
Each group will have an assigned storyteller detailing the stories behind every casa. The tour takes about an hour of walking around the vicinity and offers guests a short break to take pictures or videos.
Ensure to follow your guide’s instructions to guarantee the safety of everyone and the structures.
Schedule of Tours:
AM – 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM
PM – 2:30 PM, 4:30 PM
Check their website at Las Casas to know more about the rates and other tours to explore.
Experience Balsa Tour and cruise around Las Casas’ European-like ambiance surrounded with remarkably beautiful arched bridges, brick walls, and passageways. Inspired by the gondola ride of Venice, Italy, this tour should not be missed!
Balsa Tour is scheduled during night and day with Php600 per person from November to June, and Php400 per person during the rainy seasons of July to October.
Guests may start with Balsa Tour as early as 9 AM. Currently, the night tour is not available until further notice.
Hotel de Oriente Tour
Hotel de Oriente is considered the first luxury hotel in the Philippines. This building showcases the marvelous and intricate designs of wooden sculptures and figures from the works of master artisans from Paete and Betis. From walls to ceilings, stairways, and throughout the interior, all is an eyeful of extravagances. Make sure to check the wooden version of Juan Luna’s famous painting, Spoliarium!
While inside the hotel, the removal of any footwear is strictly being implemented. Hotel de Oriente is built from the archival records and remaining photos of the original structure in Binondo and can accommodate up to 1000 people.
This traditional mode of transportation during the Spanish colonial era is impeccably a fit for Las Casas’ ambiance. With a 30-minute kalesa ride, you’ll get to experience convenience while happily strolling the area.
Fotografia dela Escolta
This is an in-house photography studio in Las Casas to experience like being one of the Illustrados. With their selections of traditional costumes, pose and have that memorable picture with your best half.
Restaurants and Bars
Dining options are available in Las Casas with a combination of Filipino and International dishes. Check out Café Marivent, Cusina ni Nanay Maria, La Parilla, and La Bella Teodora.
Looking for a cocktail drink? Visit Dapitan Bar and enjoy your drink while enjoying the beautiful sunset and shoreline.
Planning on your prenup venue? Las Casas is definitely the place you are looking for. With the picturesque landscapes and buildings, Las Casas has always been one of the favorite venues for photographers to shoot for prenups and other special events. Inquire directly to their website for rates and other information.
For personal and travel leisure photography, feel free to roam and explore Las Casas to your heart’s content.
Btw, if you’re looking for an authentic hand-woven mask from the Cordillera region like the one in the pictures, you can buy it thru Shopee under Likhatura store.
Las Casas at Night
Las Casas is unquestionably stunning at daylight but don’t skip out during nighttime. Witness these structures and walkways lights out dramatically at nightfall. Seemingly, during the “Ber” months signal the start of cooler weather, mind to spend time outside and have a glimpse of Las Casas grandeur.
These are some of the things you can look forward to visiting Las Casas. Whether you are a couple finding that intimate place to share with or a family looking for a quick getaway and staycation, Las Casas can be that perfect place for you.
Make sure to check in advance their safety and health protocols, booking, and requirements for your hassle-free stay.
Las Casas under the New Normal
Las Casas completely understands the safety and health of its staff and guests; this is why they strictly follow the standard protocols by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Tourism (DOT).
With their contactless booking and payments, and to protect their guests and staff, Las Casas launched the “Secured Stays at Las Casas.” Here are some of the safety protocols and guidelines to keep in mind.
- Book your stay in advance through Las Casas’ official website at www.lascasasfilipinas.com
- All guests must fill out the Health Declaration Form (HDF) and Guest Registration Form a day before check-in.
- Full payment must be made at least a day before check-in.
- For guests outside of Bataan, download and fill out the health form and travel pass through the GET-PASS app downloadable via Google Play or APP store.
- Prepare Travel Pass and Health Certificate from your LGU for checkpoints.
Print or show the booking confirmation ID to the front desk upon arrival to facilitate your check-in.
UPDATE as of July 12, 2021
Things to Consider
- Observe and practice social distancing
- Undergo temperature check and thermal scanners
- Always wear your facemask
- Regularly wash your hands with soap and water or apply alcohol.
- Follow Las Casas’ safety and health protocols as mentioned in your booking.
- Prepare and accomplish all required information and documents prior to your check-in.
- Maintain cleanliness to your assigned room/hotel.
- Follow your guide’s instructions.
- All transportation within the premises of Las Casas is on a first come first serve basis with a limit to the number of passengers.
- Check the provided Las Casas map to plan your activities and itinerary.
- Be mindful of the rules and regulations to avoid damages to properties.
- Check the schedule of tours, activities, restaurants, bars, and other buildings for a hassle-free stay.
- Flying of drones for leisure is allowed on the designated spots only. A separate fee is being collected for drone flying for a special purpose.
- Respect the staff and the local culture.
- Enjoy and keep safe!
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
Brgy. Ibaba, Bagac, Bataan
Tel: (02) 8833.3333 local 116-117
Mobile: 0917.872.9361, 0925.805.5232
How to Get to Las Casas
By Private Vehicle
- From Manila, Bataan is accessible via NLEX and SCTEX. Use Waze for easy reference.
- Travel time is around 3 hours.
By Public Vehicle (public buses are currently unavailable)
- Take the Genesis Bus or Bataan Transit along EDSA Cubao to Balanga Bus Station.
- The bus schedule starts at 4 AM with 30 minutes interval.
- From Balanga Bus Station, take a jeepney ride going to Bagac or Morong and drop off at Filipino-Japanese Friendship Tower.
- Take a tricycle going to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar