The Great Outdoors: Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

September 10, 2017


Some may find it odd that I find comfort in old things such as vintage patterns, old historical places – houses and buildings, streets and passageways, and such. Believe me when I say that I find it strange too on how old establishments bring comfort to me, how they made me feel like I’m under the comfort of home, and how pleasing they are to me. It’s like visiting the past but I know that it is more than that, a lot deeper but somehow unfathomable to me. No matter what the reason is, one thing I know for sure is that the old soul in me always awakens when I visit such places. 

So I think it is not difficult to guess who the most excited soul was when she learned that she will be spending grand two days and a night in one of Bataan’s pride that showcases old historical settings. Yes, babe, that’s me. Instantly, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan, Philippines became one of my favorite places. It will be a pleasure if you’ll join me in reminiscing the experience I had with the place, showcasing Nikko Nicolas’s photography. 

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is situated along the coast of Bagac, Bataan. It is strategically located so as you’ll have the perfect view of the West Philippine Sea on one side and the picturesque view of the mountain on the other side. Along with the Spanish-era settings are the old houses brought from the different parts of the country, hence the name Casa Baliuag (from the province of Bulacan), Casa Lubao (from the province of Pampanga), Casa Binan (from the province of Laguna), and a lot more named after influential people. Some of those houses were converted into hotel room that ensemble a mixture of sophistication and modesty. I was lucky to stay in Casa Baliuag which works beautifully for me because it gave me the balance of a vintage feels on the outside but also gave me the comfort of the hotel room inside. 




As much as I enjoyed staying in the hotel room, there are no comparisons on how I enjoyed strolling around the vicinity. It was like feeding my soul, my heart leaped with joy and it was full of excitement. It resembles the mixture of emotions I felt when I first laid my eyes on Intramuros in Manila and Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo.  It was too strong I thought I can’t handle it by then. Reliving the past in a modern era is like living two ways, side by side. 






Aside from the settings of Las Casas Filipinas, which I dearly love, there are numerous activities that I enjoyed as well. Dining in at the prestigious hotel, Hotel de Oriente, seeing the performers danced to folk songs, most especially the historical tour with a witty tour guide, whose name I already forgot. The whole tour became like a quiz bee in the most exciting way. The tour guide challenged us to dig what we had learned from history on our grade school days and to be honest, it was a stretch. He also showed us the place where one part of the award-winning movie, General Luna, was taken. 





Las Casas Filipinas doesn’t lose its shine during nighttime. If any, it becomes more eye-catching. In addition to the beauty of the buildings are the beautiful colors of the sky, the reflection of lights in crystal clear waters, and the overall beauty of the place.





During our visit, there is an ongoing rehabilitation and reconstruction of houses brought from different parts of the country. I was a little bit saddened not to see them constructed during my stay but this could be one reason to go back, to see them situated alongside with other houses in Las Casas.

Next destination: Vigan, Ilocus Sur! 

All photos used in this entry were taken by Nikko Nicolas. Catch him on Instagram @vannenicolas and on Twitter @nikkosdimple.

All the love,
Xeph 

50 comments

  1. There's nothing wrong with finding beauty in vintage and/or antique things. You just appreciate it more.

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    1. Yaaay! I think I should stop thinking that there is something wrong with it. Thank you.

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  2. Nothing wrong with you enjoying vintage and historical things. I can see why because old establishments are still standing today are due to the robust design and architecture planning from back in the day. These buildings look amazing! I love how simple and old school they look.

    PS. Feel free to reach out about any insights you would like from me :)!

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    1. They are! These buildings were brought from different parts of the country but still standing okay.

      Thank you very much, Nancy! I know that your insights will help me a lot.

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  3. I love vintage things too! The photos look incredible!

    Have an amazing day!
    xx Kris

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    1. Thank you very much, Kris! Have a great day!

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  4. The architecture displayed here is absolutely stunning. I also love the colors in these photos, by the way!

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    1. They really are stunning, Eena. Btw, these photos were taken by my good friend, Nikko. Check him out on IG @vannenicolas.

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  5. Wow- the city looks AMAZING. I'm assuming there were more people when you were there, though. But still. I love the architecture, and the backdrop of the great outdoors. :) I'm still looking for "that place" that inspires me and awes me to the point of me wanting to come back again and again... I hope I'll find it soon!

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    1. Hi, Hiro! The place really is amazing. Though there are a lot of people visiting the place when I visited, the place is not that crowded. If you're still looking for the perfect place, consider visiting Las Casas. You'll love it!

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  6. Ang ganda ng mga kuha ni Nikkoooo!! OMG. Miss ko na yung lalaking yun di pa kami nagkikita ulit haha. Gusto ko rin pumunta dito. Mahal ba dyan? Yung atchitecture and history talaga ng mga bahay yung interesado ako. Naks nagttravel ka narin xeph. Enjoy!:D

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    1. Gala kasi ng gala si Nikko kaya di mo yun makikita. Hahaha. I'm not really sure of their rate, Ate A. My visit here was for free, sponsored by the company. Hehe. I wish I have the luxury of time to travel a lot, ate.

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  7. I don't think it's weird that you find peace in ancient places. I actually feel the same way towards them. The photos are beautiful and the architecture is really picturesque. They're very calming in the eyes.

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    Lyka Chiang

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    1. That is really comforting to know, Lyka. I hope you can visit Las Casas in the future. Btw, the photos were taken by my good friend, Nikko. Check him out on IG @vannenicolas.

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  8. I love vintage architecture! Sometimes I wish I lived during that time :)

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  9. Truly breathtaking pictures, amazing post as well, I love it, love your blog too. Thank you for sharing!!!

    xxx

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    1. Thank you very much, Nora! That's really kind of you to say. Btw, the photos were taken by my good friend, Nikko. Check him out on IG @vannenicolas.

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  10. What beautiful pictures!! This is a great post!

    Darriyan xx
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    1. Thank you, Darriyan! Btw, the photos were taken by my good friend, Nikko. Check him out on IG @vannenicolas.

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  11. Ahhh the photos are amazing!! Especially the cover photo, I love the colors!! Don't worry girl, we're the same. I fall in love with anything vintage instantly, especially with old buildings, even if it already gives people chills, i'd probably still be in awe of the place. Haha. Maybe because it means that old piece of building, or any piece for that matter, had been through a lot and it makes you feel sentimental. <3

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    1. Thank you, Nika! My friend, Nikko, who took the photos is really delighted. You can check him out on IG @vannenicolas.

      I think that's it! Someone has finally said it. Since they've been through a lot, they nake me feel sentimental. Hihi.

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  12. Jusko laglag panga ko sa ganda ng kuha mo Xeph. Youve captured the beauty on every shot. Pareho pala tayo, medyo sentimental ako lage at the same time masaya about vintage items or old places. Feeling ko talaga I was born in the 50's.

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    1. How I wish they are my photos! My friend, Nikko, is generous enough to lend them to me. Check him out on IG @vannenicolas for more makalaglag panga photos. Hahaha. Yaaay! Same here. Though I will always love being regarded as a 90's kid. *wink*

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  13. nice read :) good job! Antay ko next blog/article... sa Synergy :D

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    1. Kung gusto mo po na ganito ganito lang ang article sa Synergy, ayos lang po. :D pero not highly recommended. Haha. Thanks, Ma'am Jowee! Na-pressure akooo. Haha

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  14. These buildings are so pretty, I love old things too
    xo
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  15. This is awesome Xeph! I also like vintage stuff and old buildings. Reminds me of somewhere in Spain, just the vibe that it gives - I could instantly fell in love with it. You take great photos by the way ;) What are you using for your aerial views? haha

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    1. That's exactly the vibe I want! Something like Spanish-era style. I wish those are my photos, Shenna. They are owned by my friend, Nikko who used Fujifilm XT20.

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  16. I can feel the Spanish or European aura in this place. I have been searching about this site for almost two years yet all i can afford as of now is to look at its amazing structure. Hahhaha!

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    1. That's exactly what I felt! Believe me, it's surreal. I hooe you can visit soon. Hihi

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  17. This place is beautiful by both day and night - though especially at night, look at those illuminated building glowing, wow! I can totally relate to finding comfort in old houses/places, by the way :)

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    1. Definitely! I'm still in awe, by the way. Thanks, Gabrielle!

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  18. Oh My! I could definitely be your buddy in appreciating vintage and antique things. Especially architecture. All of these are simply gorgeous!

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. That sounds good, Leta. I hope I can teleport to where you are and go to awesome places with you. Hihi. Thanks, Leta!

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  20. Oh! I've been to Las Casas once but only to do a day tour. The place indeed is amazing. It will truly make you feel like you traveled in time to witness how the Philippines was at that time. <3

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    1. A day tour sounds great. However, I hope you witness its beauty at night as well. Well, there is a reason to go back, right? Thanks, Gail.

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  21. As everyone else has said, I think it's wonderful to enjoy old things - whatever they may be! What a wonderful trip, I know I wouldn't be able to stop staring at the architecture either!

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    1. I couldn't agree more. This was indeed a wonderful trip and I think this is my happy place. Hihi.

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