Yap Sandiego Ancestral House

Attraction 155 Mabini St. Parian, Cebu City 6000, Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
09:30 AM
11:00 AM
First-time visit
Must see
1.10 - 1.16 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House in Parian District of Cebu City is one of the oldest existing structural residential houses in the Philippines.

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Why Yap Sandiego Ancestral House is special ?

It was constructed out of coral stones and woods, by a family of Chinese merchants sometime in the late 17th century. History tells that Parian was a busy barangay and the community houses were commonly designed with a second storey. To date, this “Balay nga Bato ug Kahoy” (house of wood and stones) stands still despite wrecks and fate of time at the corner of Mabini and Lopez-Jaena streets in Cebu City.

The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House was a home built by the couple Maria Florido and Don Juan Yap who had three children. They were Maria, Eleuterio and Consolacion. When the eldest daughter Maria Yap married Mariano Avendano Sandiego, a cabeza de barangay, the house became an activity center. As time passed by, this old architectural building was handed down to Val Manciano Sandiego and his wife Ofelia. Until now, the house is still fully standing on its ground and eventually it was converted into a museum.

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What to explore at Yap Sandiego Ancestral House?

Marvel at the old Spanish architecture of the house and feast your eyes on age old religious relics,fine dining sets, altars, an old birthing chair, and antique furniture. The house has several altars – a testament of the strong Catholic faith especially during the old times. The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House also has a mini-garden with a 14-feet fresh water well. The garden is adorned with bonsai, jars, chairs and a banca (boat) which saved the family from floods as the house is situated a few meters from the river.

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How to get to Yap Sandiego Ancestral House?

Using the same directions going to Cebu Heritage Monument, from SM Cebu (near Radisson Blu), ride a jeepney with code 01K. Alight at Shamrock. From there, just take a short walk to the right and you will find Plaza Pari-an. The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House is just across the Heritage Monument of Cebu situated at 155 corner of Mabini and Lopez-Jaena streets in Cebu City.

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Selling points

  • A step back from the present
  • Historic Ancestral House in Cebu
  • Full of History!
  • Nice little house to visit
  • Interesting and rich in history
A great 2 day trip to Cebu with my parents

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155 Mabini St. Parian, Cebu City 6000, Philippines

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Tips for you

  • Don't forget to take photos of yourself within the house and its heritage treasures.
  • The house is open for visits from Monday to Sunday
  • The ancestral house has a friendly tour guide who can be very helpful in supplying information about the house and can take good photos
  • Worth paying the entrance fee if you enjoy some history
  • The best thing is that the owner of the house still sleeps there from time to time
  • Don't expect too much like a big museum. It is just a small house.
  • It is small and does not take much time to look round.
  • Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House is just a few steps from the Heritage of Cebu Monument and to the Colon Obelisk Marker, located in Colon Street – the oldest street in the country.
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Seems very unassuming but worth a trip. It's just walking distance from Casa Gorordo. One of the oldest houses in Cebu. Everything is well-preserved and majority of the house is its original structure

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Take nothing but photos. Leave nothing but memories.

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Caretaker is very smart and knowledgable

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50 pesos entrance. Taking photos is allowed. Let the caretaker take pictures of you as he knows the right positions and angles

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Staffs are very accommodating. A visit is worth your time and money. It has a huge collection of antiques and the house itself is one of the oldest Chinese house in the Philippines.

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You have to pay to enter just to walk round an old house full of old furniture. You can take photos of the outside of house

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My wife and I visited the Yap Sandiego House while on a half day tour of Cebu while in the city recently and we were really pleasantly surprised. This house is possibly the oldest Chinese influenced home outside of Chine and comes with eight generations of history from one family. If you love history then you will love the Yap Sandiego house as there are many nooks and crannies to explore and the house is very accessible to tourists (you are encouraged to wander right through the premises) Certainly worth a stop.

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The Yap San Diego house should never be missed. Once inside you will be given a glimpse into the past.The house is very old. It is also not a Grand Mansion but a Charming Old house filled with Interesting Things of the past located in the Old District of Cebu.

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I just loved this little museum, highly recommended. Very quirky 17th century house, still inhabited by the original family's descendants. Must see in Cebu!

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Seems very unassuming but worth a trip. It's just walking distance from Casa Gorordo. One of the oldest houses in Cebu. Everything is well-preserved and majority of the house is its original structure

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