It is so far the most magnificent and most historically significant “jigsaw puzzle” I have ever seen in my life! Who on earth would have the idea of putting together parts of very old, decaying and abandoned heritage houses in one place and create a magnificently beautiful nostalgic paradise? I guess it is in the person of Jerry Acuzar, a rare soul with lofty ambition, who owns Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar.
My Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar adventure, located in Bagac Bataan was like travelling through a time capsule bringing its visitors back to the glorious 18th and 19th century Philippines!!!
At the outset of our visit, I was a skeptic. I did not believe on the resort’s claim that the buildings were the actual and authentic parts of Filipino Principalia Mansions. Initially, the “illustrado” fragment of my soul was screaming “Cinverguenza! Punyatera! No way will Jerry Acuzar be able to transfer, rebuild and restore such old houses?!”
But when I and Karen went out of the resort to buy a pack of cigarette from a nearby construction workers’ carinderia (eatery and mini-store), we passed-by multiple decks of old stone bricks, voluminous timeworn planks of wood as well as various antiquated hard-wood house-posts lying on the ground. Those materials were obviously salvaged from an old house somewhere in this country. That was the moment I believed and confirmed that those massive mansions inside the resort were no-doubt authentic.
Let me then offer an honorable salute and a big standing ovation to Mr. Acuzar for such a rare feat, ingenuity and craftsmanship!
Kakaiba! Cinverguenza sa ganda!