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I recently had a reunion-outing with my University of Santo Tomas batch mates in Bataan. It was an opportunity for us to bond again after years of not seeing each other regularly.
The chosen resort was the Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar which has been in full operations for more than a year now.
My group traveled in a van from Metro Manila. We took the SCTEX route and the Roman Highway to pass by the following barangays: Ricardo Papa, San Antonio, Cabog-cabog, Pantingnan, Liyang and Alauli.
You'd know if you were close to reaching the resort once you get passed the Bagac Friendship Tower (a.k.a. the Fil-Jap Friendship Shrine). It was a Sunday which meant that vehicular traffic was light and the road was clear. All in all, travel time was only 3 hours.
Our group organizer chose for us the resort's so-called Familia/Grupo De Amigos Package (P3.5k per head) which is recommended for a minimum of 8 persons. The package included an overnight accommodation, set meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, use of swimming pool and beach area, use of kayak for 30 minutes, use of fishing rod (bait for sale), a heritage walking tour, an island hop (subject to weather condition), a souvenir photo with Las Casas-inspired frame and a calesa ride around the property.
|Casa Baliuag II -- originally erected inside the Iglesia Ni Kristo Baliuag, Bulacan compound.|
Heritage Walking Tour
The highlight of the package which I enjoyed was the heritage walking tour where a tour guide took us to various houses in the sprawling property of the resort. The rest were activities that really depended on us if we still had the time and strength to avail of them.
Batis-Inspired Swimming Pool
The next best activity that I enjoyed was dipping in the resort's batis-inspired swimming pool. Since I can't really swim, the shallow depth of the pool worked well for me. We even had the chance to befriend an Australian-based family while spending time there.
Fine Dining Seat Meals
Of course, our set meals were significant in that the heritage tour happened before everything else so by the time we had to take our lunch, we were already so exhausted and hungry from the long walks, checking each of the 27 featured houses which were carefully and painstakingly reconstructed from different parts of the country and rebuilt brick by brick and plank by plank.
We did not have enough time to ride the calesa and go on fishing, but we had fun riding the kayak in the pleasant river that flowed from Bataan towards the South China Sea. Also, I was able to convince my batch mates to avail of the heritage photo shoot that was being offered at the resort for P1.2k per group of 5 to 7 persons. It's a package for a costume photography which gave me and my friends the opportunity to finally blend in with the heritage environment by donning turn-of-the-century wardrobe and posing in a group or individually for photos.
Read more about the heritage architectures and resort food that we enjoyed during our stay at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar on my upcoming posts on this travel blog in the coming days.
For now, check out more photos of our reunion-outing. I'm also leaving you this cosplay photo that we had as souvenir...
|The view from the resort office|
|A traditional Filipino home in the Spanish era|
|Facade of the Paseo De Escolta (right) which houses the resort hotel|
|My friends checking out a few vintage items inside the Italian restaurant of the resort|
|A major resort bridge leading to the beach|