Taking inspiration from the mighty president known for his stately charm and political flair, Manuel L. Quezon University (MLQU) was founded on the ideals of humanism much like the person behind its name.
Nestled at the heart of Quezon City, MLQU was acquired by costruction magnate Jose “Jerry” Acuzar through his property developer company New San Jose Builders Inc. (NSJBI) in October 2014 as the university holds a dear part in his life.
With his undying love for anything cultural, Acuzar was the main man who brought life to an open-air museum featuring a Filipino heritage village whom he later on called Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar or “Houses in the Philippines of Acuzar.”
Acuzar’s passion project, a heritage hotel and destination, played a crucial and vital role in Matthew E. Rosen’s historical film, “Quezon’s Game,” as its shoot location. The film became a virtual tour to the property’s 26 hectares of 60 reconstructed and restored heritage houses from all over the Philippines, with each having their own unique story.
Said film was procuded to shed light and honor the late president’s courageous decision to open the country’s doors at a time when everybody deliberately closed theirs.
Marking the nation’s unsung heroic act in 1930s, the film centers on how as little as Philippines showed defiance and left a legacy of kindness to the Jewish people fleeing the Nazi extermination. Providing a safe haven to more than 1,200 “skilled” refugees while fighting for humanism is no doubt one of the country’s biggest “moral victories.”
It seemed Las Casas was built to be a top-pick location for historic films including “Heneral Luna” and “Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral.” Foreigners in suits and military uniforms walking around the property seemed like a scene cut out from a film moreso when one personally explores the place.