Wednesday, August 3, 2011

uno noche en la casa

with such a rare chance to explore ancestral houses at night, my two day stay at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar revealed that these houses are as majestic by night. our room was at third floor of Casa Escolta whose balcony gave us an overlooking view of the houses that surrounded Plaza Belmonte.though not all the houses are with lights and open to visitors by night, Casa Mexico and Casa Jaen alone can boast its beauty. the intricate ceilings and its chandelier kindles these empty rooms. outdoor dining experience at the resort was a great add to those staying there for an overnight. a night filled with Filipino cultural dances at Plaza Belmonte's ground. the highly applauded Tinikling, which is also the country's national dance, was the night's favorite.
though the resort gives one the experience of staying at some of these houses, there's nothing better than the idea of diffuse hotels or is more known as albergo diffuso in Italy. this was in the mountains of Abruzzi of a town called Santo Stefano.
i read about this in one of Arthur Frommer's magazine featuring an old forgotten village turned into a hotel. Daniele Kihlgren gave the idea of turning the entire ancient village into a hotel retaining it in its original site. same hope that could have done with the ancestral houses in the Philippines. thus, giving Vigan still the best reputation for heritage value.
how to get there:
Take a bus from Manila to Bagac Bataan.
From town center, you can take a tricycle entering a small almost one way street to the resort. It will just be few minutes from the bus drop off point.

location:
island: mainland Luzon
province: Bataan (Southwest)
gateway: Bagac

GPS location:

14^ 35" 60' N
120^ 23" 13' E

39 comments:

Bob Crunch said...

Wow it is such a beautiful place. Great article!

gillboard said...

majestic indeed. love the night shots. didn't know bataan have these brilliant places too.

Batang Lakwatsero said...

ganda naman dito, parang may time travel na naganap..
pero dba ito yung kinokontra ng iba dahil nililipat ang mga heritage house.. hmm..

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

last year I saw some great photos of this at night. Gusto ko tlga xa puntahan kao I read Ivan & melo's call not to promote la Caza kaya mejo nahiya na ako pumunta. hehe

Chyng said...

wow.. (slow motion)
the place looks more elegant and vintage at night. as always great job, Dom.
and thanks for teaching me how to capture night shots using shutter priority. hehe gamit na gamit ko!

ahem.. wala ng bagyo!!! =)

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

Romantic. I imagine this was how Manila looked like at night during Rizal's time.

Reena said...

ang ganda. i hope to see the place soon.

Pietro said...

Oh, wonderful post! The houses, the inside, the ceiling, the dances, the lights: all so nice and enjoyable.

lzlpio90 said...

wow,,,ganda! feels like you were in spain...

alicesg said...

Look very beautiful at night too. Very nice place to stay for the night.

tina said...

Ganda naman Dom! :)

The place reminds me of Vigan, kahit di pa rin ako nkpunta dun :)

Axl Powerhouse Production Inc. said...

ang ganda master ng mga shoot. tas ang sarap magreminisce ng mga old days..... tas yung ganda ng mga design :D

witsandnuts said...

Ang ganda ng night shots mo! Feeling ko nag time travel ako to the Spanish era.

Luna Miranda said...

these are beautiful night shots. i was transported back to the 18th century. these buildings are amazing--this place should be a heritage site.:p

killrfillr said...

May mga performers na pala dyan sa acuzar..nong pumunta kami halos lahat under construction pa lahat.

Photo Cache said...

first and last images parang di sa pinas ah.

were there many people staying overnight? what other activities are there for the night owl?

Christian | Lakad Pilipinas said...

Ang ganda nga!

Ang issue nga lang, na nasabi rin ni Batang Lakwatsero, ay nililipat nila jan yung mga ancestral houses from different parts of the country.

lakwatsera de primera said...

mas romantic and mysterious pala sya sa gabi, o maganda lang talaga yung mga night shots mo

bingskee said...

beautiful and eerie at the same time...

Traveling Hawk said...

Great photos and house! I am back from my vacation and I have a lot to catch on your blogs.

Missy said...

awesome night shots! I really enjoyed them such a beautiful place to unwind, I've never been to Bataan yet I hope in the near future ;-)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...

Totally looking like Europe! Hay, ang romantic ng ambiance.

Rizalenio said...

Pamana ng lahi. Sobrang ganda. Buti may ganito pang lugar, nareremind tayo kung ano yung kalagayan madaming taon na ng nakaraan. Happy weekend, Idol!

June Osida Benitez said...

the place really looks cool at night! the light gave a grandiose impression on the building

bertN said...

Ang galing ng night shots mo!

Giselle said...

ganda ng ilaw.. :)

Bengbeng said...

wow. much better than those box like hotels abundant everywhere n indistinguishable from thousands all over

docgelo said...

beautiful heritage houses, dom!
ang husay ng mga kuha, as usual. :)

ps : reading chyng's comment here that you taught her to capture night shots made me envy. ako din, paturo, haha! seriously! :)

jeanny said...

wow...ang ganda. Very majestic nga. would love to visit that.

Ed said...

awesome photos here dong. feels like I've been time warped. galing ng lights, parang ang tahimik din ng lugar.

Malditang "Kura"cha said...

Great shooting location for some spooky nights serye. lol! It's indeed majestic. I love the way you captured it. I'm fond of looking at heritage or old places like these. Mysterious. Classical. Elegant. Nice find!

pusang kalye said...

nice!!!dito kita nakilala.sa mgha night shots.at talaga namang imba. sharp na sharp Dom. iba parin ang drama ng isang lugar pag gabi no?

Borneo Falcon said...

Such a beauty

SkippyHeart said...

oh wow...
such a fancy place!

Mangyan Blogger said...

Nice naman Kuya :) Back again at your blog... Sana magtuloy-tuloy na :)

Anyways... Ingat lagi sa gala. Malapit na akong makapunta riyan sa Bataan... Mapapasyalan ko 'yan for sure.

KRIS JASPER said...

Hey Dong! I had to close my old account.... due to security reasons. lol

Raft3r said...

ang ganda
i wanna see it for myself

ardee sean said...

WOW!! isang malaking wow.. ung unang picture pa lang eh, parang gusto ko na pumunta agad.. ngayon nakita ko na lahat, eto papunta na.. as in ngayon na.. hahah

nyways, winner ang night shots.. :P

Karl said...

I just learned of this also last night from a friend who will be traveling there this weekend for lunch or dinner. i wonder what the houses look like during the daytime...

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