Why does one begin to write? I was once asked.
Because she feels misunderstood, I guess. Because it never comes out clearly enough when she tries to speak.
Or maybe, because she wants to rephrase the world, to take it in and give it back again differently, so that everything is used and nothing is lost.
Because it's something to do to make every time worthwhile because she may never have the time anymore, until she is old to experience the things she writes about.
Much the same thing as why one travels, or why does one fall in love fell out of love and fall in love, all over again.
I write not just to let everyone know how my life is spent, but more on how I am living my life and how anyone can live their own. I began with my marriage almost found in ruins.
Like any marriages, mine shared a couple of bumps and bruises. Attesting to the ever popular theory that time heals all. It only takes the courage to move on and leave everything behind except for those good memories that made you who you are. In marriage, the words that goes 'it takes two to tango' is now passe. But the the good news is, it only takes one to love.
The very same marital research has revealed negative escalation can be disrupted when just one partner chooses to do something different and new, this is according to Dr. Kelly Flanagan, a clinical psychologist. According to him, it is up to each spouse, either partner can be the one to do the radically unexpected—to transform that hurt into a place of empathy.
Radically unexpected things may come in ways more magical than one can ever thought of. One profound example is how my husband surprised me with a tour at an enchanting heritage resort, quite hidden yet from many Filipinos and one that needed to be discovered.
Let me take you to that tour.
The Tour to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
For four years in a row my husband never ceased to blow me away, with trips to celebrate our anniversary. We decided that before we go out of the country we will first explore the Philippines in all its glory.
On our 17th year of being married we went to Bagac, Bataan. This time its only the two of us (no kids).
|Casa Mexico (serves as the Reception area)|
In a nutshell, this place has 27 heritage houses transported from different places in our country and rebuilt in this private property owned by Mr. Jerry Acuzar . What used to be a private resort, with a vast collection of turn of the century buildings and ancestral houses known as "Ciudad de Acuzar", is now a showcase of what used to be true Filipino traditions and customs. Situated along the shoreline of South China Sea which is partially separated from the beach with a river.
The 19th century experience was a well-spent two day resort-hotel like weekend. Will tell you more about our hotel in a different content.
Let me tell you how I marveled at all those artistically and tastefully done architecture, all from original blue prints and designs, which was uprooted and brought here plank by plank and rebuilt the same way as if it was preserved from its origin.
We began our adventure with a walking tour around the resort with a lady guide dressed in Filipiniana and spoke fluently in Tagalog. She shared the specs, history and some endearing stories behind every houses.
The Casa Candaba, was used in the 1970's epic movie, Noli Me Tangere. Still under construction with 10 rooms, is said to be transformed into a movie house at the ground floor.
The Casa Bizantina house is a 'bahay na bato' (stone house) at the corner of Madrid and Penarubia streets in San Nicolas, Binondo, built in 1890, and was created by Don Lorenzo del Rosario which was a native principalia. What used to be Instituto de Manila turned as a home for informal settler till it was demolished and bought in 2009.
The only house which has full butler service, with toiletries (soaps and shampoos that is) from Hermes.
The La Piscina (Batis-inspired swimming pool)
The house was found at the heart of Lubao, Pampanga and may be linked to ex-President Gloria Arroyo's family.
Young artists in the 1870’s used to train in the entrezuelo (mezzanine) of the house, notable among them were JUAN LUNA and FELIX HIDALGO. Later, outstanding artists who were products of the school included FERNANDO AMORSOLO, GUILLERMO TOLENTINO , EMILIO ALVERO, CARLOS FRANCISCO and TOMAS MAPUA.
Please do follow the next blog ...After Sunset at Las Casas.
The above photos show current constructions for more accommodation and facilities.