Bucay was the capital of Abra for almost 17 years. The moment the province of Abra was created, Bucay was also made the capital, instead of the older and more populous town of Bangued.
On the year 1863, the capital was moved to Bangued through the clamor of some town mayors particularly of Bangued, La Paz and Tayum. From then on, Bucay became just a regular municipality.
The Casa Real Ruins façade is actually just some steps away from the municipal hall. If you are facing the municipal hall, you just have to take the road on the left side and 25-30 steps are enough to reach it.
The topmost part of the façade even clearly shows a Spanish Coat of Arms, a symbol which reminds the people of the golden years of Bucay.