Attraction 35 Lopez Jaena Street, Cebu City, Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Casa Gorordo Museum is special ?
Casa Gorordo Museum Cebu was the home of Juan Gorodo, first Filipino Bishop of Cebu. Casa Gorordo Museum Cebu is located in Lopez Jaena Steet. At present, the museum houses many old and ancient relics. The displayed relics give a picture about the lifestyle of the Filipino people during the period from1860s to 1920s.
Old furniture and paintings are also displayed in this museum of Cebu. The courtyard of the museum is very beautiful. The museum premises are well maintained and beautified.
Alejandro Reynes Y Rosales built the house, which became famous as the home of Juan Gorodo in the middle of 19th century. Four generations of Gorodo family have stayed in this home including Juan Gorodo.
In the year 1980, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc acquired the home. After restoration, the home was turned into a museum and opened to the common people. On 24th September, 1991, National Historical Institute Board, under resolution number 4, declared the house as a historical landmark of the nation.
What to explore at Casa Gorordo Museum?
The house is a wood-and-stone type of house that was a typical architectural type during the Spanish colonial period. Locally called as “bahay na bato,” the house is built with coral stone blocks, molave hardwood flooring and terra-cotta roof tiles. Displayed inside the museum are elaborate antique furniture, period costumes, paintings and religious images, wood carvings, decorative art and household items, and tools for farming, kitchen and baking. It also has a gallery for contemporary art on the ground floor.
The patio on the ground floor of the house is a waiting room for guests and its furniture is partially made of bamboo and the ground floor also has a small gallery. The basement for food storage is located near the patio. Among the various artifacts in the museum are 18th and 19th century implements for agricultural and household use. Among the agricultural implements on display are plows and other plant cultivating tools that show the evolution of farming culture in Cebu during the Spanish era.
Among the displays are 19th century implements for clothes washing, which include large water basins made of hard wood and clothes wringers, dryers, and wooden iron for ironing clothes. Majority of the furniture in the second floor of the house are original fixtures displaying intricate art forms like wood carvings that divide the house into function rooms.
In the living room of the house are rattan sets and Vienna chairs accompanied by cabinets, tables and beds manufactured from narra or molave wood with delicate carvings on them. The dining rooms and kitchen display antique silverware, plates and cups, and 18th century water jars and cooking accessories.
How to get to Casa Gorordo Museum?
From Manila, there is a daily flight going to Cebu City. From the airport, you can ride a multicab, jeepney, or taxi. Simply ask around for which route to take. They are available 24 hrs and cover most of the nooks and crannies of the city. Just be sure you know what part of the city the jeepney will take you to.
Casa Gorordo Museum is located at 35 Lopez Jaena St. To get there, you need to take a jeepney going to Colon, then drop off to Colon Street Marker and ask locals for the location. Just be sure to ask the driver first before taking the ride if he is going to Casa Gorordo Museum. You can also take a taxi to go directly to the place.
- Home to wealthy Spaniard's
- A glimpse inside Spanish Colonialism
- Melting pot of European and local antiques
- An old house rich in history
- Must see for history buffs
35 Lopez Jaena Street, Cebu City, Philippines
Tips for you
This museum shows the way life was for those with money during the latter part of the 1800s. Plenty of interesting antiques to see
Enjoyed looking and reading about the history of Cebu. Guides are very well informed. All visitors will come away with a feeling of pride for the people of Cebu City. This is a gem.
This is the place opposite kind of the Yap house. The people with big money had resorted this place and kept it clean and beautiful. that is good news. Bad news is that it feels like what is: a museum.But this place should be on your day tour of Cebu. Also in same compound is a small store sells Filipino products and also book about Philippines which very interesting and hard to find somewhere else.