Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
Heritage Houses-2, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Bataan.JPG
View of the hotel grounds
Type hotel and heritage park
Location Bagac, Bataan
Created 2003

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is an open-air museum and heritage collection of houses in Bagac, Bataan, Philippines.[1]

Location[edit]

Las Casas Filipinas is by the sea, along Umagol river, in Barangay Pag-asa, Bagac, Bataan (Central Luzon, Philippines).

History and description[edit]

José "Gerry" Acuzar, owner of New San Jose Builders, started to rebuild Spanish colonial-era mansions in Bagac in 2003.[2] In 2010, the heritage park was opened to public. Spread over 400 hectares, the park features a collection of 27 Spanish colonial-era buildings, with the entire site made to resemble a period settlement. The resort has a restaurant, a beach, calesa rides and a swimming pool. It plans to have 50 such heritage houses. The houses were chosen based on their historical, cultural and architectural value.

The houses were often of the Bahay na bato (Tagalog for "stone houses") type, which have stone foundations on the first floor and made of wood on the second floor. These houses were carefully dismantled, transplanted from around[3] the Philippines. The original locations of the structures were in Manila (Tondo, Binondo and Quiapo), Quezon City, Bulacan, Pampanga, La Union, Sorsogon, the Ilocandia and Cagayan. Acuzar often bought houses that were in a state of neglect, and in some cases also purchased the lot where the mansions stood.

Each house was dismantled in situ brick by brick, numbered, transported to the Bagac site, where they were reassembled and restored. For parts that were missing, woodwork and bricks were replicated to resemble the original structure. For this, the Ciudad employs a workforce of 130 people, including 10 wood sculptors, three metal sculptors, 30 craftsmen who design ceilings, and construction workers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "...a New San Jose Builders project". Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Orejas, Tonette (8 July 2013). "Where memories, heritage line the streets". The Tribune. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Guerrero, Amadis. "Heritage houses by the bay". Planet Philippines. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 

External links[edit]

  1. Official website - Las Casas Filipinas
  2. Official website - New San Jose Builders