Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Day Tour – Thoughts and Tips

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is a unique Spanish-Philippine heritage site located in the town of Bagac, Bataan. Its main attractions are 22 mansions built between the 17th and 19th century, Spanish colonial period. Some of them are replicas but most are originals collected from various parts of the Philippines. These “casas” which is the Spanish word for houses were carefully dismantled to preserve their antiquity. Then, following a meticulous process, each brick, tile, plank, door, and window made the long journey to Bagac, Bataan where they were reassembled to create what is now known as Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

The site was conceptualized by Mr. Jerry Acuzar, a businessman and developer whose passion for historical architecture had prompted him to build a site to preserve and celebrate Philippine-Spanish heritage. Many of the houses originated from Pampanga province. Others came from various places like Nueva Ecija, Meycauyan, Tuguegarao, and old Manila.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Most of the casas were named after the provinces or towns they originated from such as, Casa Baliuag, Casa Binan, Casa Escolta, and Casa Binondo. Translated in English Las Casas Filipinas means “Philippine houses.”

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Because of the delicate work required on such a project, it took several years to construct. Initial work began in the year 2003 but the site was only opened to the public in 2010. It is a work in progress and to this day, additional villas and mansions are still being relocated. Also, developments are underway on a few beach-front hotels and the Sanctuario de San Jose or Church of Saint Joseph, a venerated Christian saint.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

SANCTUARIO DE SAN JOSE

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

PLAZA MARCELINO

Walking Tours

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

To fully appreciate the old mansions it’s essential to join at least one walking tour. There are several tours scheduled throughout the day starting at 8:30 a.m. The tours run for 1.5 hours. They are led by guides who can tell the story of each casa by heart.

During the tour, visitors are allowed to enter some casas which normally are not open to the public. These include Casa Binan and Casa Baliuag. The guides share valuable insights about the origin, forgotten history, and often shocking controversies surrounding each casa. The tours are conducted in both Tagalog and English.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

INSIDE CASA BINAN

Casa Binan was the historical home of Philippine national hero Dr. Jose Rizal. Casa Binan is one of the major attractions at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. There were efforts to relocate the original house in Binan, Laguna. However, local protesters intervened. As a result the project was cancelled. Unfortunately, in 2009 Casa Binan was destroyed by Typhoon Ondoy. Now, only its replica which is composed of only 1% of the original house survives.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Where to Eat

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

There are three restaurants in the vicinity that serve a variety of Philippine and international food. But they are quite expensive. Unfortunately, there are no cheaper alternatives since the site is located on a peninsula at the far end of a small village. Rice meals range from ₱350 to ₱400, while ala carte dishes that serve two range from ₱350 to ₱700.

Moreover, during non-peak hours menu options are limited and it can take 30-45 minutes for meals to be served. Placing an advance order prior to exploring the site is advisable.

Suggested food budget per person for a day tour ₱800 to ₱1,000

The Beach

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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is a perfect getaway for culture vultures and sun seekers because it is conveniently located along Bagac Bay. If you arrive at the site early, you can do the walking tour in the morning, explore the mansions beyond the lake, then lounge by the beach in the afternoon.

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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (6)

Admission Fee

The regular day tours cost ₱1,500 per person. This includes admission to the site, guided tours, and refreshments. Visit  Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar for updated rates. You can also contact their Manila office at these numbers, 63 (02) 877-4501 to 02 or 0917-872-9361. Occasionally, the site also offers day tour promos on metrodeal.com.

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Getting Around

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

A free shuttle goes around the site which is very convenient since it gets quite hot by midday. The jeepney makes its rounds continuously and the waiting time is between 5 to 10 minutes.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

A day tour to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar offers plenty of time to enjoy the elaborate mansions and soak in the raw and rustic landscapes around the resort. If Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is your next stop, remember the tips above to make the most of your historical adventure.

For directions to the site check out –  How to go to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar by Public Transportation

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Iza Sanchez

Iza Sanchez is a freelance ESL Teacher, adventurer and moderator of Take The Travel. She writes about solo-backpacking, travel saving tips and other awesome travel resources.

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44 Responses

  1. ruru says:

    maam, can you name or at least insert the site development within the area. it would be a great help for me as i study conservation of erchitectural heritage. I cant manage to go there, im still a student studying architecture. thanks maam in advance .have a good day.

  2. GourManila says:

    I’m planning to visit this place for my birthday, and this feature/review is just the right one I need. Visual, descriptive but not as wordy as other reviews. The whole read was a breeze. Thumbs up! 🙂

  3. Joojoo14 says:

    You mentioned that meals are expensive. Are visitors not allowed to bring their own packed meals or snacks? We are planning to visit the place real soon.

  4. Iza says:

    Hello, yes food and drinks are strictly prohibited according to an email I got from a reservations staff. I wouldn’t say it’s a strictly implemented rule though. However if you’re thinking of a picnic by the beach, It’s very likely you’ll be called out for it. But just to be sure I suggest call their reservations office and verify (63 2) 332 5286 or (63 2) 355 3032.
    Hope that helps.

  5. LEAH says:

    Hi miss Iza can you help us? We are conducting a research study about Las Casas, and we’re hoping if you can answer our survey questionnaire?

  6. hello goodafternoon who among here have been in las casas ?..i am pleasing everyone to please answer my survey questionnaire for my thesis please ..thank you in advance email me here janicaparangan@yahoo.com.ph it would be a big help thanks everyone Godbless i will send tru email the questionnaire please email me

  7. Reggie says:

    Day tour need booking?

  8. Nikaia says:

    Hi! Is the place only available pn tours? Or we can just walk in anytime? Planning on DIYing it next month. 🙂

  9. This is so detailed. Thank you!

  10. Sol says:

    Good day ,, can we go only for sight seeing and it can be possible 1 day is enough? How much is the entrance?

  11. Henry Tonson says:

    Looks like they have increased their rate.

    Php1,500.00 for entrance and guided tour only.

    While Php2,000.00 for the full access.

  12. Lindsay says:

    I thought the sight is for filipinos, but as I see ordinary filipinos can’t afford to enter the said Las Casas Filipinas. They will never in anyway will see that place.

  13. kit says:

    Hi, i’m selling a gc for las casas .entrance only good for 2 persons for only Php 1,500.00 valid until dec 2017. pm me @ 09262699084

  14. CJ Parn says:

    hi balak po kasi namin pumunta this week. If mag check in po ba kami sa hotel kasama na po ba ang tour? thanks

  15. kori says:

    Hi, open ba ng holy week

  16. Glads says:

    magkano ba ang room good for 2 or 3 persons per night?

  17. MA CRISTINA HERNANDEZ says:

    hi, can we do a day tour on Holy Saturday. How much would it cost, per person? pls reply

    • Iza Sanchez says:

      Hi, please contact the resort directly. Here are the contact numbers (+632) 332-5286 (+632) 877-4501 (+632) 332-5338 (+632) 355-3032 Mobile 0917-872-9361 Front Desk Mobile 0917-537-8418. Good luck!!

  18. SM says:

    Ma’am, good day! Can we just go there and walk in? Or you must first contact someone and have a reservation? We’re just planning a daytour for two. Because we contactes someone and he says that minimum of 5person.

    • Iza Sanchez says:

      Hi, I think you can walk in for a day tour. To verify please contact the resort directly. (+632) 332-5286 (+632) 877-4501 (+632) 332-5338 (+632) 355-3032 Mobile 0917-872-9361 Front Desk Mobile 0917-537-8418. Hope that helps.

  19. jake says:

    hi how do i schedule my tour? do i need to contact them first before going there? or is it like a theme park where i can just go infront of the gate and buy ticket?

  20. BK Victorino says:

    Hello. I just wanted to ask if we, 8 pax can be on the same room with capacity of 4? i mean extra beds?? once this room is paid, are all other attractions included to it??

  21. Joe says:

    ITS FREAKING EXPENSIVE how can filipino afford that much? imagine you have to travel from metro manila and expense of GAS and Toll Fee and FREAKING EXPENSIVE ENTRANCE FEE? that does not even include FOODS?

    WOW this is a Filipino heritage SCAM wahahaha… better just to a beach nearby and enjoy without all those stupid no food allowed signs.

  22. Juniel says:

    Hi how much po and entrance fee?

  23. Raquel Tercias says:

    is the 1500-2000 per pax?

  24. Francis Besa says:

    I would like to ask if it is possible to pay an admission fee upon arrival in Las casas? If non please help me to have it cause we are going there in July 13, 2017. Thank you!

  25. Mili says:

    Is there a shortcut going there from Manila, say from a day trip at Corregidor then to Bataan then overnight at Casa Escolta?

  26. Rizza says:

    Are you open for a tour on January 1st next year?

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