Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House

Mabini St., Cebu City, Cebu

Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House
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Anthony M.
3.0 Stars

Very interesting & old
Entrance fee - 50 PHP each
Not air-conditioned
Enjoyed the heritage

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Herl C.
5.0 Stars

I love history. One of the most interesting thing in Philippine culture is the rich history of every place. That is why, I am always curious of the events that happened on the past. I have this thing for old structures, old houses, paintings, history channels, etc. Cebu is one of the most historical places here in the country that has a lot of story to tell.

Just like the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House in the Parian District, this one was built around 17th century by a Chinese merchant. The house is passed from generations to generations.

We took a cab to get here.

P50 - Entrance Fee

After we visited the famous Magellan's Cross, we went straight to Yap-Sandiego House because it is one of the must-see spots in cebu City. The smell of the house is like an old-rotten wood. It was scary that it might fall down.

On the ground level/reception, a lady who is dressed in Filipiana let us paid for the entrance fee. Then we proceeded to roam around the ancestral house. We went outside to see the small garden with sungkaan and old displays. The tables inside are really old especially the furnitures and kitchen wares. There are also old statues of the saints.

After walking around the ground floor, we went to the second floor. The staff asked us to wear shoe covers to protect the flooring of the wood. Infairness, the floor is well maintained and so shiny. On this area, there is the 'banggerahan' for cups and pot for water container. I remembered using this term when I lived with my lola because her house also had banggerahan. There's also the dining area with different old wares. We went inside to the bedroom to see how it looked like. The room was hot and really old. There are beds, statues, crib, mirrors, and interesting stuff inside.

We also checked out the veranda where you can see the street in Parian. The air was cold and relaxing. You can seat on the 'tumba-tumba' or rocking chair.

It was good to see such an amazing home with so much history. Despite the modernization in Cebu, there is still a simple house that witness how time changes everything. I hope that this one will survive for more years so other people can also explore one of the old houses in the Philippines.

Yap-Sandiego House is open from 9:00am to 7:00pm


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Chili G.
4.0 Stars

Btw, the name of the place is YAP-SANDIEGO Ancestral House 128513
Our taxi driver/tour guide brought us here as it really is one of the oldest (if not the oldest) house in cebu. It is from the 1700's and the furnishings inside are from that era on.
Entrance fee of 50pesos but it includes a commentary and your personal photographer haha. He'll even ask you to do these special poses around the house, mejo creepy hahaa 128540
Speaking of creepy, takot na takot talaga Ako inside! Lol! But still pretty cool to see all the furnishings and decorations. The original owners still sleep there during the weekends as not to 'abandon' the house if you know what I mean 128123
There's also a small garden outside where you can see the original boat they used in the olden days to cross over to mactan (in picture).
Suggested stop if you're planning a cebu city itinerary ü

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Anrey C.
5.0 Stars

wow meron pa pla nito ngayon :) would you believe this home is more than a 100 years yta.. Kumbaga ba eh antique na..pati mga gamit they are still there from the moment they are bought yta and maayos pa.. and to your complete amazement the new ancestors of this house is still staying here always like weekly yta..

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