The heritage destination Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar—located in Bagac, Bataan—has been named Asia-Pacific’s ‘Best Historic Hotel’ for 2021.

With this, the hotel-resort becomes the first in the country to receive such an acknowledgment.

The award was granted by the prestigious Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence, which was held last November 11 at The American Club Resort Hotel in Kohler, Wisconsin. 

“We are delighted to recognize Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar for Historic Hotels Worldwide Best Historic Hotel in Asia Pacific Nominees,” Executive Vice President of Historic Hotels of America, and Historic Hotels Worldwide Lawrence Horwitz said. 

The historic Filipino hotel beat the Deogarh Mahal Rajasthan, Raffles Singapore, Beijing Hotel NUO, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor, and The Murray Hong Kong for this year’s title. 

According to Jose “Jerry” Acuzar, founder and owner of Las Casas Filipinas, who accepted the win through a special video message, the award is extremely humbling and recognizes their effort in providing distinctive yet high-quality service.

“It’s incredibly humbling to stand before such an esteemed audience and receive this prestigious award. 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,” he said.

“With all the hardships in our country, it became scarce to give support and importance to heritage and restoration. That’s why we are deeply thankful for this attention,” Acuzar added. 

Apart from Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, there are 300 other hotels and resorts throughout the Philippines recognized by Historic Hotels Worldwide keeping and preserving their historic integrity, architecture, and ambiance

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Image credit: Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar’s Official Website