Heritage Houses in Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
20.08.2012 21 °C
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is the right place to take a look at our heritage. For my generation, it would be the best destination to take history and filipino culture way way back in time. Kudos to the creator of the resort that he is able to preserve the rich Philippine heritage. This is more reflective of the past than the preserved street in Vigan City. Though some are just replicas but the message and the ambiance is authentic. The punchline is that they named all the houses after the place or the street where it originally erected.I am proud to see it for myself.
I discovered this resort just recently when one blogpost described wonderfully the heritage houses bought by the developer and transported to the resort in Bagac, Bataan. I found it clever to have chopped the huge old houses and resurrect them gorgeously. The said houses are all over Luzon and hence named after the place of its origin. From then, I planned to visit the place. I initially invited my families and friends to accompany me but they have several reasons and declined. So I went alone braving the threat of storm and rain.
It made me feel travelling through time backwards. The houses, the pathwalks, the ambiance made me experience the good old times. Most houses arranged craftily are authentic while some are replicas, but all have uniqueness and originality that boost the ageless heritage. Inside the houses, I was in awe probing at the intricacies of the interior designs, from the ceilings to the walls, from furnitures and fixtures to petty furnishings. I wish I could enter all the old houses. However, only few are open for exhibits, while some are still in curation or construction. The guided group tour lasted for an hour and a half but it seemed a whole day of roaming around a prehistoric Philippines.
Reaching Bagac is no difficult. Catch the morning bus trip of Genesis or Bataan Buslines at Pasay or Cubao or Avenida areas heading to Balanga City in Bataan. It cost me P200 for the ride. It will drop you at the intergrated jeepney and bus terminal at the heart of the city. You can immediately notice parked jeepneys with signboards, Bagac. It cost me another P47 to reach Bagac, Bataan right at the junction towards Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. You can just walk you way down to the resort or ride a motorized tricycle at P20. I spent P650 just for the tour; had it include lunch then it will cost me at least P1,000. Go back the same way you get in the place, but this time the tricycle will cost you P30 because the driver will deliver you to the jeepney terminal. The jeepney ride back to Balanga City is worth P35 but the bus ride is still at P200.
My journey back in time cost me a total P1,200 but the experience is priceless. Indeed, travel time is more fun in the Philippines!