(SPOT.ph) Since it opened its doors in 2010, Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan has been offering guests a roundtrip ticket to the 18th century through its collection of Spanish-era heritage houses. The 400-hectare property is home to 63 heritage houses and 34 historically significant structures. For celebrating Philippine heritage, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is recognized as the Best Historic Hotel in Asia and the Pacific by the Historic Hotels Worldwide. The awarding was held at The American Club Resort Hotel in Wisconsin on November 11.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is chosen among a distinguished list of finalists, including Deogarh Mahal in India, Raffles Singapore, NUO Hotel Beijing, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor in Cambodia, and The Murray Hong Kong.
"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. 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," said Las Casas Filipinas founder and owner Jose “Jerry” Acuzar in a special video message shown during the awards night.
Washington-based The Historic Hotels Worldwide is an international group of more than 300 hotels in more than 45 countries. This includes historical hotels, castles, chateaus, palaces, academies, haciendas, villas, monasteries, and other historic lodging spanning 10 centuries. They annually hold the Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence Winners, which recognizes the most exemplary accommodations that show "innovative leadership, stewardship, and contribution to furthering the recognition, preservation, and celebration of these preeminent historic hotels and their histories." Honors were given in multiple categories, such as Historic Hotelier of the Year, Hotel Historian of the Year, Best Historic Resort, Best City Center Historic Hotel, Lifetime Achievement, and more.