Since I really like old houses and buildings, I’ve been wanting to visit Las Casas.
It’s a heritage park in Bagac, Bataan, which had been built to make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. They brought in several old houses from different parts the country and restored them to look like their ‘original’ selves.
Since we visited at the height of summer, we couldn’t appreciate the sites much because of the unbearable heat. The tour started at 3:30pm but it felt like 12 noon! Even if we wanted to learn more about the houses, take more photos and explore the entire resort, our skin just couldn’t take it.
So I’m guessing the best time to go would be in September/October (a little rain is better than exposure to skin cancer) or January/February, when it is much cooler.
How much does it cost:
We got day-tour tickets without meals (there are several restaurants inside Las Casas anyway), which cost Php685 per adult. This includes a 1-hr guided tour, a map, a welcome drink and a sanitized towel. Other day tour packages are priced between Php850 and Php1,500 depending on the food inclusions.
But if you really want to feel like Maria Clara (or Crisostomo Ibarra? Haha), you can also book yourself a room in their hotel or a suite in one of the Casas to get the full colonial experience.
Check out their site for the rates and other info: http://lascasasfilipinas.com/lc/
How to get there:
If you’re driving, Waze is the way to go! Once you’re on NLEX, take the San Fernando exit and continue along Jose Abad Santos Ave. (you pretty much go straight all the way) to Roman Superhighway. Just follow the signs to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. Drive time is around 3 to 4 hours.