The Philippines is known as the Pearl of the Orient. It is home to many white sand beaches, beautiful coral reefs and untouched forests. But one other thing that the Philippines uniquely offer, are Spanish era houses that distinctly displays Philippine culture and heritage.
The Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar resort showcases heritage houses and mansions saved from deterioration around the Philippines. It gives you a full experience of Filipino culture with their seven restaurants, Las Casas tour and a cultural night. So what are you waiting for? Visit Bataan, Philippines and see what this open-air museum and heritage resort has to offer.
Try authentic Filipino cuisine in a fine dining restaurant
After driving from Manila to Bataan (approximately 4-5 hours drive), treat your taste buds to some of Philippines’ best dishes. The resort offers many restaurants and food stalls (to display Philippines’ street food culture). If you wish to dine in comfort and style, try Café Marivent.
This fine dining restaurant is housed in a heritage house and overlooks the main plaza. It offers an array of dishes from entrees to mains and desserts. Their menu varies and depends on what fresh ingredients are available. Although, it is more expensive than the other restaurants, it is well worth the experience and a great start to a full day of touring.
Las Casas Heritage Tour
Straight after lunch, you can start your heritage tour. You will be assigned with a group and will be given a tour guide who can explain the history of each house both in Tagalog (main dialect of the Philippines) and English. This tour accommodates big groups, family and private tours. If you are an elderly (or travelling with elderly people), you can also ask for a golf cart so that you can travel around conveniently.
That said, it is important to note that this is a walking tour. If you are going to have the tour after lunch, be sure to bring a hat and water. The Philippines is a humid country and although the resort is next to a beach, you will still find the day to be really hot. You should also wear comfortable shoes. Avoid wearing heels because the resort is paved with cobblestones. In some heritage houses, you will need to take your shoes off.
Take a dip either at the beach or the man-made ‘batis’ (stream)
As mentioned before, the Philippines is known for its beautiful beaches. Swimming through cool crystal clear water is the perfect way to wind down from walking all day. Las Casas Filipinas, offers you a choice between swimming by the beach (which is a five-minute walk from the main plaza) or taking a dip in a man-made stream. The sea can get very deep so adult supervision is necessary if you have little children with you. You may also watch the sunset from the stream.
You can choose to do a day tour or stay at one of their hotel rooms (choose between the different houses according to what you want to experience or prepared to pay). If you do a day tour, there is no place to have a shower so make sure that you bring your own towels.
Finish the day with a tantalizing cultural show
Nothing beats an authentic cultural show, which will keep you at the edge of your seat. Each weeknight, the local musicians and youth will perform different folk dances originating from various regions of the Philippines. Budding musicians also showcase their singing prowess with traditional Filipino love songs.
Not only will you be entertained by the dances, you will also get a glimpse of the different traditional costumes that the Philippines has. There is a chance to join in the ‘tinikling’ or the bamboo dance wherein the youth will teach and dance with you. Be sure to get in on the fun and try your best not to get your foot caught between the fast bamboo beats.
An opportunity not to pass
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is an experience worth the long trip from Manila. Here you will be able to see and experience something that is very unique to South East Asia.
Be sure to add this tour when you visit the Philippines. You will go back knowing a lot more about Philippines’ heritage and many great photos to display.
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