Last December, we have decided to go and visit another one of the historical places here in the Philippines, which is Bataan, which actually played a big role during WWII. Its home for the Famous Mount Samat (Shrine of Valor) , the huge ass cross atop the mountain. Bataan is also known for the Death March that occurred there. According to accounts from my family, I have a Grand Uncle who actually walked in the death march, and it was really  really gruesome.  Of course we had to visit Mount Samat n the way to Las casas.

After about 15-20 minutes we finally arrived in Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar, it's actually a very huge property, tons of ancestral houses some are replicas and majority are the original houses. 

"A fine showcase of Filipino history and craftsmanship, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan takes you back to 18th-century Philippines in the twinkling of an eye.

Architectural pieces of a bygone era, from different parts of the country, were reconstructed brick by brick, plank by plank. The noble-class mansions, wooden stilt houses, and a grand main building made of stone stand proudly in a village of cobblestone streets. To add up to the ambience, a backdrop of majestic mountains, expansive rice fields, and a running river that flows to the sea, are found in the vast property. Truly a travel destination unlike any other, this resort in Bataan is a living museum of Philippine heritage.

The traditional houses as hotel accommodations are the centerpiece of this Bataan beach resort about 125 km northwest of Manila. Even so, this destination resort does not lack in providing avenues for entertainment, relaxation, and recreation. It has the Napiya Spa, a swimming pool, private beach, gaming center, 3 restaurants, conference and banquet facilities, cultural shows, and heritage tours. Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar takes pride in giving you a glimpse of the past, reliving the age-old yet distinctive Filipino traditions, while providing the luxuries and comforts of contemporary times." Source: http://www.lascasasfilipinas.com

 

It's actually very relaxing to stay there, you get culturally immersed and you would wanna dress up in your filipinana (Traditioal Filipino Clothing) and go about with your day. During our stay there, I was honestly expecting for a flash mob to happen, like everyone in costume would act as if they were really living in the 18th Century, although it never happened. It would actually be nice, if the people there  reenacted how life went about during the 18th century, and encourage the customers to do the same, that everyone has to act and live how 18th century filipinos lived. 

 

 

 

Published by Hannah Gomez