Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar bags best historic hotel award

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November 14, 2021 | 12:00 am

MANILA, Philippines – Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Pagak, Bataan has been named 2021 Historic Hotels Worldwide as the “Best Historic Hotel in Asia Pacific.”

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is one of more than 300 hotels and resorts worldwide recognized by Historic Hotels Worldwide for their historic integrity, architecture, and ambiance.

The Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner were held at The American Club Resort Hotel (1918) in Kohler, Wisconsin last November 11. The awards were presented to the recipients in front of an audience of over 200 senior managers, industry leaders, owners and representatives of the best companies. Historic hotels around the world.

The Historic Hotel Excellence Awards are presented to hotels and historic hotel owners to demonstrate innovative leadership, stewardship, and contribute to promoting the recognition, preservation, and celebration of these outstanding historic hotels and their history.

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is the first heritage hotel resort in the Philippines to be awarded with this recognition. Las Casas has been selected from a distinguished list of finalists in the Asia Pacific region for Best Historic Hotels.

The list includes Deogarh Mahal Rajasthan, Raffles Singapore, Beijing Hotel NUO, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor and The Murray Hong Kong.

Jose “Jerry” Acozar, founder and owner of Las Casas Filipinas, received the award via a special video message that was shown during the ceremony.

“It is incredibly humbling to stand before such a esteemed audience and to receive such a prestigious award. From the bottom of my heart, I thank all the members of the Nominating Committee for the Historic Hotel Awards for Excellence for their appreciation of our efforts at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.” With all the hardships in our country, it has become It is rare to provide support and importance to heritage and restoration. That is why we are deeply grateful for this interest.”

The 400-hectare heritage destination, beach resort and conference center first opened in 2010. Out of a passion for collecting heritage homes, Acuzar has developed the sprawling Bagac estate to be a monumental manifestation of the advocacy for the preservation and protection of the heritage of heritage homes and historic structures.

Using the innovative method of dismantling, transporting and rebuilding, Akuzar and his team of skilled builders, craftsmen and researchers have restored heritage homes and abandoned and dilapidated storied buildings.

“It is my honor to congratulate all the winners of the 2021 Annual Excellence Awards for Historic Hotels,” said Lawrence Horowitz, Executive Vice President of Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. The winners are the finest hotels and historic hotel owners from across the USA and from around the world. We pay tribute to the dedication and passion of the thousands of individuals working at these iconic and legendary hotels that keep the stories of the past alive and make staying or celebrating special occasions at these historic hotels an unforgettable experience. During the many decades, if not centuries, these buildings have experienced, it is the care of their employees, owners and operators and the support of travelers that allow their stories to continue.”

In accepting the award, Akuzar acknowledged the hard work and dedication of the artisans, craftsmen and craftsmen behind Las Casas.

“We are pleased to recognize the efforts of the craftsmen, carpenters, and people who have supported us, especially their skills. None of our accomplishments would be possible without the exceptional team behind Las Casas Filipinas and New San Jose Builders Inc., who set out my vision to collect and restore ancestral homes that were in a state of neglect and decay. “.

Las Casas Filipinas boasts the timeless elegance of its 63 heritage homes and 34 Historic Significant buildings. The restored heritage homes are a distinctive blend of traditional grandeur and modern influences. The heritage homes come from different places in the Philippines. Each of the heritage homes has its own interesting story and unique features that reflect the lifestyle of its time.

“Although it was not an easy endeavor, it was the most rewarding of my entire real estate development journey,” Akuzar said. “We are proud of reviving the handicraft industry that has created thousands of jobs in my hometown, and most importantly, a renewed sense of belonging and pride for our fellow countrymen in our culture and heritage.”

Today, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar not only serves as a leisure destination, but has established itself as a proud landmark of Filipino heritage and history.

“I built this out of my love for my city of Bataan, my love for the Philippines and especially my family with whom I have shared many beautiful memories of Las Casas Philippine. We celebrate this in the work we do at Las Casas Filipinas. This historic hotel is my gratitude to my country and my people.”


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