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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar hailed ‘best historic hotel’

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Bataan’s historic gem, the Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, has just won the 2021 Historic Hotels Worldwide “Best Historic Hotel in Asia and the Pacific.” It was one among a list of over 300 other hotels and resorts across the globe, recognized for its success in preserving and maintaining its historic integrity, architecture and ambiance.


Located in the town of Bagac, Bataan, spans 400 hectares, and features a beach resort and convention center. It opened in 2010, founded by Jose “Jerry” Acuzar, and is devoted to the conservation and protection of heritage homes and historical structures.


It houses 63 heritage houses and 34 historically significant structures which all come from different places in the country. The restored versions of these houses meld together traditional elegance with touches of modernity. It is the first heritage destination in the Philippines that has been conferred with such an honor.


Acuzar and his team operated via the dismantle-relocate-rebuild method, and employed builders, artisans and researchers to restore abandoned and deteriorating heritage homes.


Receiving the award through video message, Acuzar said: “From the bottom of my heart, I thank everyone from the Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence Nominations Committee for recognizing our efforts at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. With all the hardships in our country, it became scarce to give support and importance to heritage and restoration.”


“We are delighted that the efforts of our artisans, carpenters and the people who supported us are now recognized, especially their skills. None of our accomplishments are possible without the exceptional team behind Las Casas Filipinas and New San Jose Builders Inc., who built my vision of collecting and restoring these ancestral homes that were in a state of neglect and decay,” he added.


The Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence are given to historic hotels and hoteliers who display innovative leadership, stewardship and further the recognition, preservation and celebration of these structures and their rich pasts.

Photo: TripZilla Stays


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