One morning of December, we decided to commute our way to Bagac Bataan to visit the place where century old houses from all over the country were transferred brick by brick and piece by piece to build a seemingly one whole village of old gorgeous Filipinas.
From the highway, we hired a tricycle to take us to the gates of Las Casas Filipinas. We were approached and welcomed by two guardias civil. Instantly, as we stepped inside the vicinity, we were transported back to 18th century Philippines.
We paid Php1200 at the reception house called Casa Mexico (the old house from Mexico, Pampanga) for a day tour of the area inclusive of a sumptuous set lunch at Casa Unisan. You may also choose to pay Php650 for just a tour of the place minus the snacks and lunch. But since there were no other place to eat or buy snack, we just availed of their whole day package.
Maria Clara accompanied us inside the old houses. She sure knows the whatnots of each of the century old houses and we can’t help but just be impressed with how well the houses were restored and the furniture well-maintained. Each of the houses looked good as new as if we were literally living in time when it was newly built. They scream elegance and exquisite taste for all things glamorous.
It was so hot while we were exploring the place, but heck, the ambiance of the place felt magical. No wonder this is becoming a favorite spot for pre-nuptial photo shoots and weddings. Oh, a wedding here would just be fantastic; perfect, even.
After a while, we were given cold towels and bottled water. Good heavens, the cold towel on my face felt so good. We went to Casa Unisan to see what’s prepared for lunch. Although servings are quite small, it was satisfactory. And again, the ambiance is quite a treat already. And yeah, we came back for halo-halo for merrienda. 😀
After lunch, we took more photos of us. Everything looks very photogenic in this place, even us! 😀 We bought fridge magnets and called it a day, a lovely day and a real turn of the century experience in this awesome place. Hats off to Mr. Jerry Acuzar for his impressive efforts and smart project to preserve and restore these old houses before they completely turn to nothing but ruins. 🙂
Look at the world – so close, and I’m halfway to it!
Look at it all – so big – do I even dare?
Look at me – there at last! – I just have to do it
Here I go…
Just smell the grass! The dirt! Just like I dreamed they’d be!
Just feel that summer breeze – the way it’s calling me
For like the first time ever, I’m completely free!
I could go running
And finally feeling
Now’s when my life begins!
During the annual Pawika Festival in Morong, Bataan, tourists and locals can “adopt a turtle” and personally hold and release a baby sea turtle into the sea.
Pawikan Festival 2011.
Brgy. Nagbalayong, Morong, Bataan