Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Sculptures, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Bagac, Bataan, Philippines

Sculptures at the Las Casas heritage resort that features games that Filipino kids play.
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Swimming pools, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

Did you  know that aside from the beach, the heritage resort features a few swimming pools not readily seen by tourists or patrons.  Here are some pics (All rights reserved)

This pool is open to all guests, the kids enjoyed it, the water is lukewarm

This pool is integrated at the back of one of the houses along the estero

This pool is shielded by houses  that passersby would hardly notice it's there

Estero de Binondo, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Bagac, Bataan, Philippines

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar features a canal or estero named after the original Estero de Binondo, but this one is a lot cleaner and no smell of stench as the one in the Binondo quarters. You can go boating in the estero for a fee.  Here are some pics. (All rights reserved)

Hotel de Oriente, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Bagac, Bataan, Philippines

My third visit to Las Casas.  This time, we had a chance to have a private tour of Hotel de Oriente so, I'm posting pics of the hotel exclusively. (All rights reserved)

Hotel de Oriente functions now as a Convention Center and Concert Hall.

Look Ma no footwear.  The tour required us to leave our footwear outside the door.  Notice the Monkey eating eagle sculptures at the base of the grand staircases

 What greets you as you enter the Lobby.  
The Spoliarium of Juan Luna interpreted using wood tiles

Lobby Ceiling

Grand Staircase

Wall with statues of women playing instruments

Stairs going to the balcony of the theatre

Walls with cherubims

Ceiling with Angels

View from the second floor

Ornate door leading to the theater balcony

Theater Stage

Right theater balcony

Left theater balcony

Art Gallery that feaatures beautiful statues and history of the hotel

Fort Santiago, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines

Had a chance to go around Manila during a short break so, I brought the family to Fort Santiago de Matamoro (killer of Moros) The place is being renovated especially the center plaza.  Nice to see that the place was packed with tourists.  I was not happy though with the museum, it looked cramped, so many memorabilia packed into a small space.  Hopefully, the renovation will cover that as well.