Are you planning on visiting Cebu? How about trying one of Cebu’s heritage places?
I was thinking about my next topic to blog and thought about finally visiting the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral house in Parian, Cebu City. I have been wanting to go there but lacked the time, that every time I pass along Parian, my neck stretches out to take a peek in this beautiful old house.
Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House
I am very fond of antiques and heritage houses, creepy as it may be. I even wished to live and stay in one just minus the scary thoughts that would be running around in my mind the whole time. Nonetheless, I am in love with old houses. It always amazes me seeing old things from centuries back and thinking about all that has happened that the house has witnessed.
The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House
Located at the corner of Mabini and Lopez Jaena Street in Parian, the house is one of the oldest residential structure in the Philippines. It was built in the 17th century by a Chinese merchant. The Chinese couple passed the house to one of their daughters, Maria, who then married Don Mariano Sandiego.
The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral house is now being maintained by Val Sandiego, a known art collector, and the family’s 10th generation. Imagine? The house has been in the area for 341 years, according to the caretaker, and the family sometimes sleep there over the weekend. Yup, honestly. I was all creeps as I entered this ancient abode but thinking about the antiques and all the trinkets that you will see inside will keep you in awe.
The house is made up of hardwood and coral stones. The roof is made up of Tisa clay stones. Yap-Sandiego ancestral house has maintained its beauty over the years. The house structure is very Spanish. A long time ago, the first floor of the house serves as the warehouse (kamalig) while the second floor is where the family sleeps.
The roof made up of Tisa Clay
The first floor filled with paintings
Inside the house, you will find a lot of trinkets from dinnerwares to antique tables and chairs. There are also a lot of religious sculpture around the house. My favorite part was the four poster bed. I loved it! It gives me the feels of being in the Spanish era. I even found an old crib made of wood. The kind that you see in horror movies swinging back and forth. hehe.
Mama seems to blend in.
You can visit the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral house at 9:00 AM – 12 Midnight. There is an entrance fee of Php 50.00 to help with maintaining the glory and beauty of this beautiful abode.
The house is stunningly unbelievable I say. With all those phenomena, natural or not, that might have happened over the years, the house stood strong. I should say that the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral house should be included on your list when you visit Cebu. 🙂
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