‘Las Casas’ is owned by construction tycoon Jerry Acuzar and is famed for its centuries-old houses and world-class hotel rooms.
The said high-end resort is also primarily eyed as a possible site for the activity of the spouses of visiting heads of states while the summit is ongoing.
Acuzar is also the owner of Galeria Victoria, a fully-air-conditioned mall in Balanga City established two years ago through a public-private partnership (PPP) venture with the city government led by City Mayor Joet S. Garcia.
Mayor Del Rosario also reacted to an issue raised by certain groups through a news report aired on CLTV 36, allegedly from the other political camp, in his town regarding the alleged illegal quarry of boulders which was reportedly ordered stopped by the regional office Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
“Where will we get our rocks and boulders if they will stop this? We will use the rocks for a mini port being constructed here which will serve as the docking area for yachts used by APEC summit participants,” Del Rosario lamented.
This is the best opportunity for our town and we are aiming for global recognition as a prime tourist spot, he said. Del Rosario also called for his constituents’ unity and set aside political altercations for the sake of what he called “on-going progress” in their town.
Bagac is considered by tourists as the beach capital of Bataan with its pristine beaches reportedly comparable to those in Boracay.
Aside from Bagac, Bataan other key venues for the summit includes Clark Freeport in Pampanga and Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales.