Saturday, May 05, 2012

Experience Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar: the Heritage tour

On our first day, since of all of them went to bed to have siesta, I decided to join the heritage tour at 4:30pm. Since it is past 4:30 already and they already started, I caught up with the group at Casa San Miguel already.  This is among of those that visitors can rent.

Casa San Miguel

Casa Candaba
The mansion was originally owned by the Reyes family, one of the most prominent families in Pampanga during the 1780’s and was used as the residence of the Spanish Gobernador Heneral when visiting Pampanga
    In 1961, National Artist for film JERRY DE LEON used the mansion as one of the settings for his immortal epic “Noli Me Tangere” an adaptation of the novel of our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, wherein the mansion served as the residence of Kapitan Tyago and Maria Clara
Another casa that can be rented. - Casa Meycauayan
Casa Meycauauyan
Originally constructed 1913 in San Fernando, Pampanga, the house was owned by the Escota family. Using exactly the same materials and design, the house was reconstructed at No. 50 Provincial Road, Barrio Hulo, Meycauayan, Bulacan in the 1950’s and was later acquired by Rogelio Urrutia who came from a prominent family in Meycauayan. This served the venue for the family gatherings.

Inside Casa Quiapo

Casa Quiapo is the first UP School of Fine Arts building.

 This is where they hold mass on Sundays and on special occasions

Inside Casa Binan

Casa Lubao - the ground floor shows different larong pinoy


I stopped and went back to our room after taking shots kasi nalowbat haha! But I was able to take shots of the sunset before the camera went off.

shot from iPad2 via Instagram

The next day, I joined again the heritage tour, this time with my mom. I'm just trying to visit them all hehe!

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Las Casas' Cafe Marivent serves Filipino

We had lunch as we arrived here in Las Casas at the 2nd floor of Casa Unisan. Cafe Marivent serves Filipino and Spanish cuisine. What we ordered was full Filipino

Adobong baboy

Pesang isda

We also had one of their specialties, Chicken Tinomok. The soup is made of Coconut juice so it tastes kinda sweet. Not my type though.  I enjoyed the fish best.

For dinner, we had Pucherong Baka, Chopsuey, and Binagoongan baboy. We also had the famous gabi ice cream for dessert at P40 each.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar: a trip back in time

This is one awesome place in Bagac, Bataan that I want to visit this summer so I booked right away via Asiatravel's Citibank promo. We got 3 deluxe rooms at 3k each payable in 6mos. Nice noh! We just added one bed per room since we're composed of 9 adults. Cost is 950 each for a Sunday rate. We just settled it sa hotel na prior to check in. This rate doesnt include breakfast.

From Mt Samat, it took us another half hour going to Las Casas. We were greeted by the guardia sibil as we enter the gate. They asked for our headcount and the name of the registered guest. Then after they noted the front desk about us, they let us in.


free parking at the left side

Kalesa ride costs P50/head (kala ko free haha!)
We went directly to their reception area at Casa Mexico for check in. Since it is too early for check in, we had lunch first at Casa Unisan. We were given welcome drinks and I asked them to serve it where we'll lunch since antagal before they serve it sa reception area.

Warning: There are no airconditioned common area here so better bring a fan and umbrella in case you'll just do day trip.

We had lunch at the 2nd floor of Casa Unisan. I don't know if this is part of Cafe Marivent also which is on the 1st floor of Casa Unisan.

view from the dining area

2nd floor of Casa Unisan where we had lunch

 while waiting for our food to be served..tambay sa ilalim ng tree!

After lunch, we headed back to the reception area for our keys. Vehicles are allowed only up to the reception area. They transport your things to the hotel rooms at Paseo de Escolta using a cart.

We asked to have an adjacent rooms, unfortunately one of our rooms was situated on the other side before the tiendesitas. But we can see them from our veranda. So if you will have 4 rooms, better ask them to give you one door of the paseo wherein it houses 4 rooms, 2 rooms on the 2nd floor then another 2 on the 3rd.

And here's the view from our room:

And inside the room,

rm 208

rm 207 180degree view
cr door
door to the veranda

located at the ground floor

 - nice bed
 - rooms with 2 veranda
 - cr's big
 - they offer hats for free for heritage tour
 - the place is a photographer's haven

 - the door lock shows signs that it needs to be maintained and repaired
 - no airconditioned common room, it was so hot that day and their reception area's not even airconditioned
 - cr tiles show stains already and the mirror too

PESO POWER: swakto!

Bo Pag-asa, Bagac, Bataan

Las Casas Sales & Reservations Office:Telephone Nos.: (+63 2) 332.5338, (+632) 355.3032

Friday, April 27, 2012

Toddler Movement class for Bryce at Train Station

I got 3 vouchers with 10 sessions with Train Station,  each for 560 only from Beeconomic. I gave one to Useph, my nephew, so that he can join the class with Bryce. One will be for my Zumba which I plan to take right after their toddler class.

I booked their first session last April 20. It was just a 30mins class and yet it is also tiring for us moms to work on with our so kulit toddlers. Silang dalawa nga lang on their first session haha!

They attend the MWF sesssion so it will complete in 3weeks time. 4th session na kanina yay! They now have girls classmates.

Teacher Abby and Teacher Richelle do the toddler movement class. Last Wednesday session, Miro, teacher Richelle's daughter joined the class.

Each session is just the same as I've observed. At least this will tend to have retention sa kid. We practice this at home too. Favorite ni Bryce ang roll. Each session din they behave differently. Minsan follow ng follow, minsan ayaw magfollow haha! May sariling mga saltik tong mga bagets e.

I mentioned that I've plans to attend Zumba after every class, but I don't think it'll be feasible kasi the toddlers are so kulit. Though they said that if moms will attend Zumba, they can have some story telling for the kids while waiting.

Each session, before or after, nagaattendance din kami sa quantum which is not good as I see kasi today imbis na Bryce wants to attend the class kanina, he's asking to play ball sa Quantum hehe.

I didnt even have photos yet to document each class though I plan to record the next class so Bryce can practice at home.

Hopefully, next update I can show photos too.

TrainStation Group, Inc.

Phone: 217-6531
Mobile: 0917-880-5369

Studio Address (starting April 2012):
Health & Wellness wing
SM Center Pasig,
E. Rodriguez, Jr. Ave.
(C5) corner Doña Julia Vargas Ave.,
Frontera Verde, Ortigas Center,
Brgy. Ugong, Pasig City
(near Tiendesitas)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Side trip to Mt Samat

We're going to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar! But before going there, we had a side trip to Mt Samat.

We went there last April 15. 9 adults and 4kids in tow. We had a stopover at NLEX Shell. Had coffee then headed next to Mt Samat.

kids goofing around

My aunt failed to bring her DSLR to capture the eksenas ng bonggang bongga so I just used Adobe Lightroom for some effects.
view from top of the cross

on one side of the cross

lined up for the elevator ride going down

spots where you can have a nice shot

   - P10 entrance per head
   - P20 parking fee
   - P10 elevator ride per head
Peso Power: bongga!