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Sunday, 16 February 2020

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar | Ultimate getaway destination | Guide & Tour

Our family went to this place for some clan bonding and it was an experience to be remembered, one for the books really. There are so many things to see, so many things to do, and so many things to look forward to! An ultimate getaway destination for families and friends indeed.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar



Las Casas is located at Brgy. Ibaba of Bagac, Bataan - Philippines.

This heritage resort is known for having the classic beauty of the old Filipino-Spanish time which relives everything from buildings & structures, road & transportation, its intricate designs & details, plus the people and their services here which completes the whole vibe.

The first view that wowed us is their scenic view of canals and their structures.

canals at Las Casas
canals inside the area


Don't worry as you won't miss this because it is just located behind their reception building which houses a restaurant as well. You can even ride a "balsa" which is their version of the "Gondola" in Paris, France.

balsa ride at Las Casas
balsa on the canals


Not only that you can ride them here but can also have your breakfast while on them (if you want to). It is actually not a bad idea if you'll have these kinds of views really.

brick bridges and old churches
brick bridges and old churches


Our room or casa here is located on top of one of the buildings here (on the photo below) which is strategically front beach-located. Can you just imagine how great it was?! No need to go to islands like Boracay or Palawan to experience such a feature. Go here and enjoy everything that goes with it.

hotel rooms or private casas
hotel rooms or private casas

view from one of our rooms
view from one of our rooms


Usually, a jeepney passes by to transport you to your desired area. Well, you can rent a private electric cart like the one above if you prefer that so you can use it anytime you want. It's actually quite helpful as the place is gigantic (believe me on this). In the first place, they won't have these kinds of transports if the establishment is small lol but still walk-able especially for the health-conscious people. Hehe.

We intentionally scheduled our stay here to fall on a weekend because just like any other holiday, most of their events happen at such times. But before tackling them, make sure to avail at least one of their tour packages as they will put more meaning to your surroundings making you appreciate the place more.

casa hopping
casa hopping


You will be toured around the whole place with a guide explaining some Philippines facts and history. I am pretty much sure that you will learn some new trivia in here so listen carefully to what the guide is saying while roaming inside from one casa to another.

My dad actually promised the group that he will ask some questions in reference to and after the tour.. then the persons who can answer the questions correctly will have some cash prizes.. and so, everyone really did put some extra effort into listening and paying attention. lol.

road covered with trees
road covered with trees


If you are sensitive to the sunlight, bringing an umbrella is an option but there are certain areas that are covered with trees that will make the tour be more comfortable for everyone. Not to mention that you will pass by some elite-looking food places too, perfect to do your restroom break. Haha! (which I really did that time lol)

restaurant inside Las Casas
One of the restaurants inside Las Casas


When I said earlier that there are so many things to see, it includes mansion-looking structures and intricately-designed parks like these:

mansion-looking structures
Yes, you can swim there

Las Casas garden
Las Casas garden


Of course, we will not forget and tire to feature these internationally classic canals that will make you stare at them longer than the usual and do some selfies and Instagram-worthy profile pictures.

canal-friendly houses
canal-friendly houses


How about such houses like this one?

European-type Spanish-Filipino structure
European-type Spanish-Filipino (halo-halo) house haha!


We even had the opportunity to wait for the sun to set while on the beach. Man, we were accompanied by good music.. making the moment so special. Beach - Sunset - Good Music = Perfect afternoon! By the way, we had our drone with us at that time so make sure to catch those video clips below.

beach huts
beach huts

sunset on the beach
sunset on the beach


One of the popular buildings here is this so-called Hotel de Oriente. With its huge size and how busy it can be, there is no doubt it became a household name here. This is where all the shows happen. And if I am not mistaken, it serves as a convention center as well.

Hotel de Oriente
Hotel de Oriente

Hotel de Oriente interior
inside Hotel de Oriente

It can be deceiving in some ways if you compare its exterior VS its interior but I was really blown away seeing this in person for the first time. It was glittering gold inside! The vibe is just so elegant and grand. You just have to see & experience it yourself.

Moving further inside, the show entertained us by the performers presenting the different kinds of Filipino cultural dances. Our nanay Oyco should have been the perfect audience for this. I recorded some clips of their dances which are also included in the video below. 

stage inside Hotel de Oriente
stage inside Hotel de Oriente
Filipino cultural dances
Filipino cultural dances


And as the night came, the whole Las Casas just lit like a beam of light mesmerizing everyone with its night beauty. Well, it actually depends on your perspective because it can be romantic for some but scary for others. Haha! You be the judge. But for us, it was a sight to see!

night beauty of Las Casas
night beauty of Las Casas


First thing in the morning after, before doing our clan devotion/prayer, we hit HDO (Hotel de Oriente) again for the breakfast buffet. You can get food from all the other 3 sides of the convention hall so it was very convenient to get food. Even though there were lines present, it was flowing smoothly. Very nice Las Casas. Good job.

breakfast buffet 1
appetizers & frutis

breakfast buffet 2
rice & main dishes

breakfast buffet 3
bread & cereals

breakfast buffet 4
other condiments


These are just a few of the variety. So I am sure there will be at least one you can really dig in before the rest of the day happen. For us, the next activity that won via votation (lol) of the family was island hopping.  Haha! At first, not all of us were into it pero "Wala na kayong magagawa!" lol! Kidding aside, we all went for it just before checking out of our rooms.

parents on the boat
Parentals riding the boat

island hopping
Lez gaw!


Most of us did not expect that cliff jumping can be done in one of the islands! I should've joined the party! Boo! Well, the water was clear and this area was nice because of how it was formed. It has a cave-like feature and the water there is shallow which is good for people who don't want to go further & deeper. 

cave-like feature
the shallow part


What happened next? This next photo should be the perfect scene for it.

cliff jumping
cliff jumping


Well, it's better to watch the whole thing in this video right here:



If you cannot see the video above, click HERE for it



There were a lot of activities and events that had happened there that weekend which includes this palosebo race climbing photo right here.

palosebo race climbing
palosebo race climbing


And this carabao parade & racing while on the seashore of Las Casas facing the West Philippine Sea as well.

carabao parade
carabao parade


So make sure not to miss watching the video above.

Oyco clan at Las Casas
Say cheese!


For more information about the rates and tours, including the queries on booking and reservations, feel free to refer to their following contact details given below:

I bet you haven't seen a place (this big, grand, cultural, patriotic, and beautiful all at the same time at the same place) like this before. ;)



Address: Brgy Ibaba - Bagac, Bataan 2107 (Philippines)
Contact nos.: 8833-3333 loc. 116 or 117
 0917-872-9361 or 0925-805-5232


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64 comments:

  1. I haven’t did much traveling, but when I read this, I wish to travel to this place. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. This is not how I picture the Philippines at all, this place looks amazing. I am showing to my husband as I want to go 🤣🤣

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  3. Those are lovely shots you got there. I have always planned on going to Las Casas but it doese not seem to ever materialize. I hope to see those stunning old houses soon.

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  4. this place looks enchanting I will love to go there some day

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  5. Wow, this looks like an amazing area. I never knew the Philippines had a Spanish connection. All looks so beautiful!

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  6. I really need to travel more. There are so many beautiful places in this world. I love the canals and the beach huts.

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  7. Looks like such a beautiful place and the food looks amazing! Definitely adding Las Casas to my bucket list!

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  8. What a stunning place to travel to! I have never been but I am intrigued and after reading this post and looking at all the photos, I am googling travel excursions here!

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  9. This looks like such an amazing getaway! I would love to travel here and see all the sites for myself.

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  10. Wow, this looks like it was a great time for you and your family! I love the canals and other architecture. You don't really see stuff like that in America. Thank you for sharing your trip and experience!

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  11. Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar looks amazing!! Those canals are incredible, and I love the views of the architecture and the whole vibe you get from them. The restaurants look so tempting, and the view from your hotel room was awesome!

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    1. Yes, that is why I was super excited to share this!!

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  12. Wow! Gandaa Tagal kuna gustung pumunta dyan! Magkano entrance dyan? saka overnight?

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    1. pacheck na lang sa site nila kasi it varies. hehe

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  13. Looks great. We might go here when we go back home to the PI. Thanks for the article.

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  14. I would like to rent the cabana and wait for the sunset to arrive. What a stunning view!

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  15. Wow, what a relaxing and amazing place to stay! I love the food options and the swimming area! But, it looks so peaceful!

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    1. I wanted to take pictures with less to no people in the frame XD But there are people around that is what I am going to guarantee lol

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  16. I am so envious! I have wanted to go to this place for such a long time.

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  17. It looks absolutely gorgeous there! I am going to have to plan a trip here soon.

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  18. It looks amazing there! Such a lovely place to get away from home :))

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  19. The rich history and stunning scenery are certainly reason alone to visit this charming spot!

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  20. This is a perfect place for a family getaway. A place for relaxing.

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  21. Wow! What a beautiful destination! This is going in my travel diary!

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  22. I didn't know you can go to the beach at Las Casas! Definitely adding this to our summer itinerary, thank you!

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    1. I was surprised too knowing that our rooms are beach-front

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  23. I would love to visit here! All your photos bring the place to life and are so pretty! This sure does look like the ultimate getaway destination!

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  24. This is beautiful. The pictures were gorgeous! It looks so relaxing and enjoyable.

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  25. The place looks really amazing. Pretty place for a gateway.

    Thanks for the gorgeous post.

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  26. This is really a beautiful place. My family had a chance to visit a few months ago and it was like we were in a different country and era. It is such joy that they were able to preserve and maintain these structures in Las Casas. We would love to visit again soon. :)

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    1. They actually build the houses =) They just look preserved..

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  27. I am actually planning to visit las casas filipinas.. is it possible to take a day trip there from Manila or the the time is not enough? :))

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    1. You can roam it it one day but I think you'll have to hassle. I suggest at least an overnight so you can feel everything smoothly.

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  28. I visited this region a few years ago - looking at your photos made me reminiscent! Thanks for sharing.

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  29. Woow!! Love all your captures shared in this post, so nicely captured & surely you had a great trip, I wish to travel to here too one day :D
    cheers, siennylovesdrawing

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  30. Your photos are gorgeous! I'm impressed, this is a wonderful place! Thanks for sharing.

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  31. Great pictures!
    Thank you for sharing your trip and experience!

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  32. Hi thank you for visiting my site http://gardenchefsneedleandpen.blogspot.com/2019/04/historical-bataan-las-casas-filipinas.html
    It seems our families enjoyed the trip. Would love to go back to Las Casas on a summer... God willing, when there’s no more COVID-19 pandemic.

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    1. we all want to go back here! missing it!

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