Cari amici, oggi vi porto a Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, un museo storico e all’aperto nella regione di Luzon, che ospita più di 27 edifici e case coloniali spagnole in pietra. Siete pronti a fare un giro sulle caruajes, le tradizionali carrozze trainate da cavalli e ammirare queste antichi edifici? Inizia, così, un bellissimo viaggio nel passato e nella storia del mio Paese.
The Spanish colonial-era mansions started to rebuild in Bagac in 2003 by José “Gerry” Acuzar, owner of New San Jose Builders. In 2010, the heritage park was opened to public. Spread over 400 hectares, the park features a collection of 27 Spanish colonial-era buildings, with the entire site made to resemble a period settlement. The resort has a restaurant, a beach, calesa rides and a swimming pool. It plans to have 50 such heritage houses. The houses were chosen based on their historical, cultural and architectural value.
The houses were often of the Bahay na bato (Tagalog for “stone houses”) type, which have stone foundations on the first floor and made of wood on the second floor. These houses were carefully dismantled, transplanted from around the Philippines. The original locations of the structures were in Manila (Tondo, Binondo and Quiapo), Quezon City, Bulacan, Pampanga, La Union, the Ilocandia and Cagayan. Acuzar often bought houses that were in a state of neglect, and in some cases also purchased the lot where the mansions stood.
Each house was dismantled in situ brick by brick, numbered, transported to the Bagac site, where they were reassembled and restored. For parts that were missing, woodwork and bricks were replicated to resemble the original structure. For this, the Ciudad employs a workforce of 130 people, including 10 wood sculptors, three metal sculptors, 30 craftsmen who design ceilings, and construction workers.
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