Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar: Home To Our Heritage and Legacy

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Words by Katherine Castillo Eustaquio Photos by Nicole Alvaro Published in Balikbayan Magazine       Our trip to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan relived an age-old, almost-forgotten Filipino custom. The tour guides told us to remove our shoes before entering the two-storey house called Casa Luna. The 1850s house is now home to a wide collection of old Filipino memorabilia: old milk cans, wooden tobacco cases, antique ironing board, typewriters, and a victrola from the 18th to early 20th century. As soon as we entered the old Ilocano home, we immediately noticed the very narrow hallway, […]

A Taste of Old World Flavors at Marivent Café

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Words By Katherine Castillo Eustaquio Photos by Nicole Alvaro Published in Balikbayan Magazine   Food plays an integral role in defining a country’s culture. The more we travel, the more we open our taste buds to unique flavors, which give a nation its distinct identity. The food at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar reminds one of summers spent in the province, where women prepare good, old-fashioned dishes for their guests in an open-air “dirty” kitchen.  It reminds one of a time when “lunch” was served on a long table, whether in the immaculate dining room or in the backyard. Hearty […]