Blast From The Past At HistoryLand Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
Most of the time. I hear people say that studying history is just a waste of time. Why study it when it happened in the past? What makes it relevant in today’s generation? Today was shaped by yesterday. Everything that happens today was set in motion ten, twenty, a hundred, or even a thousand years ago. If we want to understand the world today, we have to understand the past that created it.
There are so many different and amazing things that we can learn from history but learning history can be daunting at times since it requires earnest exploration before one can fully understand the challenges and successes of the past. One effective way to do this is through reliving pivotal stories through fun and interactive efforts.
Starting this August, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar brings to life iconic Filipino characters that played huge and nostalgic pieces of history through HistoryLand. This project is the heritage hotel and destination’s newest attraction aiming to repaint the country’s rich heritage whilst reminiscing its people and their undeniable bravery.
Rediscover the relevance of every event in the Philippine history through Las Casas’ HistoryLand.
The Battle of Mactan
Travel back in 1521 where Filipinos first fought against the Spaniards, one of the world’s most powerful at that time. Mighty Lapu Lapu, Mactan Island’s chieftain, believed in sovereignty and he ultimately defended it to the colonizers. Expect to see the death of Ferdinand Magellan and feel the nationality through our blood and veins.
Execution of Jose Rizal
Philippine national hero Jose Rizal lived his entire life to ignite change and inspire his countrymen. Though he lived his life quite short, his efforts to spark revolution and compassion towards the Filipino people and the country transpired to the freedom we enjoy today. Realize the contribution of our National Hero to the society and its impacts to the future by rediscovering the past.
The Cry of Pugad Lawin
The tearing of cedulas is, more often than not, overlooked as far as our history is concerned. Know the significance of this action, from what encouraged Filipinos to finally fight for their country and the future battles that occurred.
Making of Philippine Flag
Learning the depth of every symbolism in our flag requires thorough understanding. Each color represents a Filipino trait, creating a momentous design, which greatly speaks the collective stories of our ancestors. In fact, the Philippine flag we have today underwent a lot of revisions and HistoryLand will give us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the making of this authentic Filipino symbol.
Fight for Philippine Independence
A long and arduous battle, our forefathers’ fight for the country’s ultimate independence is a part of history we are all very eager to unravel. Experience this live and in flesh at the first ever history amusement park.
Take pictures with El Katipuneros, Sisa, General Luna, Maria Clara and Friars, and learn a thing or two from these icons in our history.
Parade of History
This is the main highlight of this attraction. Get a once in a lifetime experience with HistoryLand’s historical figures in a 30-minute Meet and Greet! The characters that are part of HistoryLand will walk through the aisles of Las Casas to have a parade for everyone to witness.
Located at the heart of Bagac, Bataan, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is the only Philippine destination that showcases the best of Filipino heritage and culture through the colorful stories as retold by Jose “Jerry” Acuzar’s collection of restored Spanish-Filipino houses.
From the majestic architectural design to heart-warming revival of traditions, Las Casas is a complete package to a one-of-a-kind travel to the past.
All these unique initiatives of Jose Acuzar in line with his mission to bring Filipino heritage to greater heights has caught the attention of the international scene by being the only Philippine property to be a part of the Conde Nast Johansens Luxury Global Collection and Historic Hotels Worldwide.
This heritage resort is also the Asia Awards of Excellence winner for Asia’s most excellent destination for 2017 and is a project of the New San Jose Builders, Inc.
How to get there
Bataan is accessible via the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and Northern Luzon Expressway (NLEX). There are buses running directly to Balanga town proper, which is about 125 km northwest of Manila. From Olongapo City, you may take the Victory Liner Buses. Tricycles and jeepneys are the primary modes of transport around Bataan.
You may go through the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark, Pampanga or through the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminals in Manila and make the necessary land transfers. Las Casas Filipinas is located 20 km away from Mt. Samat Shrine. From the Japanese Friendship Tower in Bagac, turn left and the resort is 2 km away.
By Public Vehicle:
From Pasay Rotonda along EDSA (below MRT station) – approx. PHP 300+/pax
Take the Genesis Bus to Balanga Bus Station (trip starts at 4:00 AM; bus arrives every 30 minutes). From the bus station, take the jeepney going to Bagac or Morong (Bagac-bound has a limited time while Morong-bound has a longer time). Upon reaching Bagac, get down at the Filipino-Japanese Friendship Tower and go to the tricycle station. Take tricycle going to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (Gate 5 entrance)
From Cubao along EDSA (below MRT station) – approx. PHP 270+/pax
Take the Genesis Bus or Bataan Transit along EDSA Cubao to Balanga Bus Station (trip starts at 4:00 AM; bus arrives every 30 minutes). From the bus station, take the jeepney going to Bagac or Morong (Bagac-bound has a limited time while Morong-bound has a longer time). Upon reaching Bagac, get down at the Filipino-Japanese Friendship Tower and go to the tricycle station. Take tricycle going to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar (Gate 5 entrance)
Proceed to SM Mall of Asia (MOA) at Pasay City. The ferry going to Orion, Bataan is located at the seaside terminal. · From Pasay City Esplanade Seaside Terminal (behind Mall of Asia and beside Vikings Luxury Buffet). Take the M/V XGC Express Ferry Boat to Capinpin port in Orion, Bataan. From Orion Port, ride a bus going to Mariveles and get off at Alauli. Then, ride a jeep going to Bagac or a bus going to Morong and get off at the main entrance of Las Casas. You may ride a tricycle from there or you may also get a tricycle at Filipino Japanese Friendship. The regular fare ticket is P799 and senior discounts are applicable. Tickets booked online it costs P450 per way per head.
For inquiries and reservations, call 0917.872.9361 or visit their website at www.lascasasfilipinas.com or book your Rooms/Private Casa at bit.ly/LasCasasRoomReservation.