It is evident that the past and current owners of Casa Gorordo are wealthy families. Casa Gorordo screams that it was a house of the affluent and it doesn’t need research. It manifests in the hugeness of the house, the elaborate staircase, the details of the ceiling, the materials from which the floorings were built.
One can learn a lot from its rooms and nook. Casa Gorordo has a spinster room. I typed that with a tinge of hurt ^_~. Unmarried women back then, though this is just the typical, were the ones whose past time were to sew and crochet. You can therefore can see the materials they use in that room. There is a space, too, for when a gentleman would court a young lady of the house. You will learn lots about harana and Filipino courtship back in the days by just the furniture purposely arranged near an open window.
At Php120, Casa Gorordo has the highest entrance fees among the three centuries-old houses. Still worth it, with the technology (and aircon) they incorporated with the guided tour. Best for educational trips for kids and true enough when we were there, we had to wait for a while in their dedicated waiting room so we won’t be distracted by a class of kids who had started the tour already. They also gave us free souvenir keychains. They have a small coffee shop and a huge souvenir shop before you exit the house. Same with the guided tour of 1730 Jesuit House, the guide will first give the lecture then afterwards you’re free to roam around, go back to whatever spots which caught your fancy.
The guided tour will explain full details of Parian in three periods of history – pre-colonial, Spanish, and American times. Bahay na Tisa, as what Casa Gorordo is sometimes called, evolved and survived these three.
The short film-showing on the second floor explaining the evolution of bahay na tisa from the simple bahay kubo opened my eyes to new learnings. There were a few I-never-though-of-that-before moments and those for me are what makes Casa Gorordo unique and definitely worth the visit. I won’t spoil that experience for you. Take a look for yourself and like my two blog posts before this about Cebu’s centuries old houses, below are just some snap shots.