(SPOT.ph) It was in the 1980s when Jose "Jerry" Acuzar established New San Jose Builders, a real estate firm that soon took on the renovation of the Court of Appeals building and the development of luxury condominiums in Quezon City and Bonifacio Global City. But the family business is probably most known for Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar—a project that preserved traditional houses from around the country by moving them into a 400-hectare property in Bagac, Bataan. With the heritage town a tourism success, it was only natural for the Acuzars to want to develop the Las Casas brand by expanding into other cities, starting with Las Casas Quezon City.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Quezon City, an events space in San Francisco del Monte, came together by happenstance. "The property was acquired in 2016 when my father, Jerry Acuzar, was approached by the Juico family to sell their 7,000-square-meter property on Roosevelt Avenue where their childhood home stands," narrates Jerry Acuzar's daughter Jovy, who manages this location, in an interview with SPOT.ph.
Felipe Sangil Juico had the mansion built in the late '60s with the design of National Artist for Architecture Pablo S. Antonio. It was initially offered to the Acuzars for residential development, but the preservationist in Jerry could not disregard "the beauty of the Art Deco house and its many tree varieties." Now, Las Casas Quezon City is the first project to jumpstart the Acuzar’s line of boutique hotels and events spaces they’re calling the Las Casas Heritage Collection.
Casa Juico, the main house of Las Casas Quezon City, opened to the public on February 14 with the birthday celebration of its first client, Heart Evangelista. The original two-storey structure was kept, including the marbled floors on the foyer, the floorboards on the second floor, and the ornate winding staircase. Most of the renovations had to do with interior design, and beautifully executed by the artisans from Las Casas in Bataan. "We want our clients to have a feel of what we do at Las Casas while keeping a design that’s unique and original to Casa Juico and Las Casas Quezon City as a whole," Jovy explains.