My family spent the last two days in Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Heritage Resort in Bagac, Bataan. It differentiates itself from other beach resorts in the Philippines with its heritage houses, that is, old houses uprooted and transferred to the resort, with matching cobblestones for pathways.
The houses in the resort are mostly Spanish era architecture (the Philippines was colonized by the Spanish conquistadors from 1521 to 1898) and its plaza actually has the same vibe as Brussel’s Grote Markt. The plaza is a big open space of cobble stones surrounded by old houses which are truly beautiful at night when lit up. There is also a beautiful bridge crossing a man-made river towards the beach. Several statues and fountains can also be found all over the resort.
The resort is a perfect place for the family, as the kids can learn a little about Philippine history and culture. The kids can even ride a calesa. The staff also wear Spanish era costumes.
Kids can also swim in the various swimming pools or play on the various grass lawns.
But of course, the main attraction of the resort is the beach.
It took us around fours by car from Quezon City to reach the resort. Upon arrival, we were treated to a cold glass of sago’t gulaman. We then had lunch of traditional Filipino cuisine with lechon as one of the main dishes.
Afterwards, we checked in and went to the beach. On our way to the beach, we marveled at the old Filipino houses and various sculptures, such as statues depicting Filipino pastimes of past generations, such as kids playing sipa, palosebo and luksong baka. It felt very nostalgic, as I did play luksong baka when I was younger. Traditional Filipino folk songs were also being played all over the resort.
The sand of the beach, although not white, was very fine. The waves were also strong and we had fun swimming and wading the whole afternoon. There were very few tourists and I think we were only around ten on the beach at that time. Jet skis and ocean kayaks were also available for rent, but we didn’t avail of them, since we had a toddler in tow.
After swimming and wading, we again had traditional Filipino cuisine for dinner, this time with lechon baka and pork sisig as the main dishes. We were also treated to a show of Filipino folk dances, which although it failed to awe us, provided good ambiance while we ate.
The following day, we mainly relaxed and spent quality time inside the room. The interiors of the room were equipped with Spanish era furniture and interior design, but it also had modern amenities such as cable TV, hot shower and air conditioning. In some of the buildings, the walls and ceilings are decorated with large Spanish era style paintings.
With this experience in Bagac, Bataan, I can truly say it’s really more fun in the Philippines.
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