Las Casas Filipinas Revisited for Honeymoon

This is a SUUUUUPER LATE blog post. Obviously. I had already visited Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan with a friend a few years ago. I loved it so much that I suggested to my husband that we go there for our honeymoon in 2017.

I thought I had seen it all. But I was in for a surprise when I found that the place had completely transformed. In fact, even the entire resort’s map had a new layout. The house where we stayed in is a new addition. It also seems bigger than the one I previously booked.

Coming here for our honeymoon was a good idea, apparently, since it was like I was experiencing Las Casas for the first time. The area we were staying in was completely new to me. Looks like were able to transfer more old houses into the resort.

Even that church, supposedly a replica of the beautiful Lubao Church, is new. Though it seems to me that it is forever under construction. I didn’t want to take photos of it because I find its interiors to be incomplete. (If they were going for a “ruins look”, I don’t know, it didn’t exactly exude that kind of feel.)

Hotel de Oriente is a fairly new addition to the Las Casas compound. This one is a replica of the old Hotel de Oriente in Escolta, where Dr. Jose Rizal once stayed in.

Like my previous trip, our overnight stay included a tour of Las Casas. This part of the package wasn’t new to me, but my husband thoroughly enjoyed it. The tour culminated with a stage play about the life of Rizal.

Food was meh. I don’t even want to post photos of where we had Italian dinner because the lighting was so bad, I was really frustrated. (It was also so warm, we were perspiring throughout dinner.) The only thing I really liked eating here was the puto bumbong.

But you don’t actually go to Las Casas for the food. You’re here for the experience. My husband considers it more like a museum you can book an overnight stay in rather than an actual resort. We do want to go back, mostly because we know it’ll transform again, and it will become a brand new experience.

I do hope that church finishes construction, though. No matter how much you dress it up, it is still seemed like a college project that had been half-assed and then submitted to a prof in the guise of minimalism. And it’s the only thing bothering me about the whole resort. (As I mentioned before, I really prefer resorts with in-house chapels/churches, but this is the only one where I did not feel like meditating in.)

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