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Cebu’s Centuries-Old Houses: Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House

June 1, 2018
Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House

Just the whaleshark then anything goes. For my trip buddy, it’s just Sto. Nino de Cebu then anything goes as well. We stayed for 5 days in Cebu and we had to fill in the rest of that trip with other spots to see and activities to do. To be honest, planning a Cebu City trip is hard when you’ve been to that same city three times. The rest of Cebu, I won’t run out of things to do or spots to see. The city poses a different challenge.

During my first visit I was fortunate to tick these off my bucket list: Sirao Flower Farm, Tops, Temple of Leah, and Sto. Nino Basilica Minore (a cathedral I will not get tired of revisiting again and again by the way). Researching a bit harder than usual to find new discoveries in this city, some clicks led me to 1730 Jesuit House, a 288-year old house, the oldest in the Philippines. Not bad to while away the time, I thought. Underestimating Cebu’s centuries-old houses may be the next best thing as they can very well take care of proving me wrong.

After airport and Sugbutel, we immediately hailed a cab to Jesuit House. (On a side note, Sugbutel is a hotel I would recommend as they were kind enough to allow us to leave our bags on their care hours before check in time.)  The taxi driver did not know Jesuit House, though. I told him to drop us at “Parian” but the driver said Parian is actually a community subdivision and that I had to be more specific. He dropped us at Casa Gerordo instead, a tourist spot that the taxi driver knows to be an “old house”. Because we were there before 8am, even Casa Gorordo was still closed.

YAP-SANDIEGO ANCESTRAL HOUSECebu Old Ancestral Houses

So we walked our way around trying to look for the real Jesuit House and on the way chanced upon Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House. From my research I knew that it was also a tourist attraction so we got in. We were the first customers for the day. Entrance fee of Php50 was collected and we were left to roam around the house, without directions whatsoever, something which we did not mind by the way. Free will.

The house is centuries-old but the items inside may or may not be as old. The owner of the house collects antique and put them inside the house for display. They are not necessarily items which were originally used in this house. Owner creates costumes, too, and integrates the costume into the whole antiquity of the house. In the entrance, some newspaper features of the fashion creations are displayed.

Lesson learned from my sister’s comment on some of my travel posts, I won’t show much of the place so as not to spoil the experience of other travelers who wish to see the place themselves. But still, here are some photos. I’ve got some secrets I cannot keep sometimes, I apologize.

Cebu Old Ancestral Houses
They don’t make images like these now as Ate Guia said.
Cebu Old Ancestral Houses
Antique clock,
Cebu Old Ancestral Houses
Old telephone
Cebu Old Ancestral Houses
Among all antiques, it’s the bed that attracts my eyes the most…
Cebu Old Ancestral Houses
…second would have to be old mirrors which reminds me of those scenes of Nick Joaquin’s “May Day Eve”.
Cebu Old Ancestral Houses
A Filipiniana.
Cebu Old Ancestral Houses
If they were born centuries ago
Cebu Old Ancestral Houses
Chinese influences are very evident even during Spanish times.
Cebu Old Ancestral Houses
Paminggalan and tapayan I got the privilege to see and use at my lola’s house.
Cebu Old Ancestral Houses
Kain tayo!
Cebu Old Ancestral Houses
Dining set with candle holder like the ones used inside churches, with the face of Jesus or Mary engraved on its base.
Cebu Old Ancestral Houses
Elaborate dining table at the “silong”. Do you see yourself eating here on your past life?
Cebu Old Ancestral Houses
Cooking utensils and iron for clothes.
Cebu Old Ancestral Houses
How early Filipinos traded with foreigners.
Cebu Old Ancestral Houses
How Christianity was able to first set foot in the Philippines? Cebu has lots to tell

After about an hour in Yap-Sandiego ancestral house, we then walked our way to 1730 Jesuit House with directions from the locals, passing by Cebu Heritage Monument along the way. Here’s part 2 of this post.

Cebu Memorial Heritage Monument

 

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