Finally we find time to fix the schedules and go on with our plan this summer. It has been early plan but rescheduled due to small things. Glad we able to pursue the vacation and we are far more excited. Still exploring the north part of the country, in Bataan ( Luzon ) this time, There's so much pretty places to visit and hopeful to cross out all our bucket list as long as we have the chance each year.
It's been on my bucket list to visit Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar the first time i saw photos roaming around in social media. There's something about the place that brings me back to my childhood days. Looking back, our house then is made of nipa ( a roof that is made of leaves ) with planks of wood as a wall and flooring.That time, though modern architectures rises, there's still apart in our hood that retain their heritage homes. Lucky i must say to witness that type of beauty then. I am always at awe with the architecture and structure of heritage homes, may it be a simple home like ours then or a lavish mansion with a pedestal like stairs and a huge "silong" ( ground floor open basement; a space below the house ) where you can laid back in a hammock, even having a few baskets as a nest where chickens can lay eggs, a beautiful memories to reminisce. For a girl who grew up to no means of transportation aside from walking back then embraces the beauty of it in a day to day basis. It's like a metamorphosis, to bring you back in the past while navigating the mind what is like to live in that era. When you live in countryside, there's a part of you dreaming to live in the city but when that time comes, going back to your roots and seeing the same environment is a comfort zone. It feels like home, would you agree?
That's what I felt the first time I saw Las Casas in photos, and to see the place with my own eyes is far more beautiful and overwhelming. The female employees who wore a "baro at saya" ( pre- colonial / traditional clothing ) in the reception area and the male who wore a "kawal" ( soldier ) suit makes a big impact as you enter the premises and see them roaming around the place. It's like you enter the Spanish colony that time. It mesmerized all of us, most especially my son. Then the accommodation place, aaaahh all wooden. The flooring, big planks of woods, the huge "capiz " windows ( the bivalve shell found especially in the Philippines ) as well as the wooden armoire ( "aparador" as we call it ) with full length mirror infront, the way it used to be. Gorgeous. The bathroom is huge with an old detailing that opens up a nice and history type of conversation to us, while taking time to rest. A good start.
Las Casas is like a "Disneyland" to people who grew up with the same type of environment. It's a happy and therapeutic place that every sight is a dream. And, I don't mind coming back there alone, with a friend or with my whole crew once again in the future. It's a place that you won't mind coming back at all, like the way you reminisce your life back in your yester years. A nostalgia. As a note, the place is hot and humid and the aircondition rooms is a big help. Planting more trees to grow lush and green is a great way to cope to the tropical summer heat. I can imagine how exciting to walk and even jog with huge trees all over the side walks. An everyday bliss. A big factor that I think every guests concern. I also hope that the management will be keen and maintain the place well, like they do now, for the future generation to see and for us to keep coming back along. For this type of place and beauty, repair and maintenance is the main key. I hope they all look into that. Aside from that, the place is breath taking.
The concept of the owner in making this project is genius and helpful. For a type of country who don't have enough budget to restore an old structures, De Acuzar is a gem on doing that. So sad to see buildings and houses like these are almost wear and tear nowadays. It's like burying the heritage that we once saw and live before. A part of me, us to some, or to all who once live in the same ancestral homes. There is so much to do in Las Casas aside from swimming and sight seeing, an added few days of stay is perfect to enjoy all the resort amenities, take note to that.
Over all, moments like these are treasure in a lifetime, Such a blessing to experience this as a family. So happy to impart a part of our summer vacation that will live in the memories of our children, to be a sort of foundation, to turn back to happy times and smile. A needed boost when they have seizure in their own life someday, Grateful for this moment, a vacation that we all needed to renew and freshen up. A reward in a day life. Don't you think?
What you are up to this vacation? Is summer started at your end? Hope you enjoy the season to the fullest. Till then.
Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar
Baranggay Ibaba, Bagac 2107