Museo Pari-an sa Sugbu at the Jesuit House of 1730

For a more detailed information on the history of Pari-an, it is best to drop by the Museo Pari-an sa Sugbu at the Jesuit House of 1730, the oldest dated house in Cebu and the Philippines. It is a house made of cut coral stones, tugas (or molave?) hardwood floors and posts, and terracotta (tisa and red clay?) roof tiles. Curiously, the museum is located inside a warehouse owned by the Sy family. It was adjudged as the best public museum in SunStar's Best of Cebu Awards 2014.

Museo Parian sa Sugbo at the Jesuit House in Cebu City Philippines
Jesuit House in Cebu City, Philippines




Location

The Jesuit House of 1730 is located at a warehouse on Zulueta Street, Pari-an district, Cebu City, Philippines. It is around the vicinity of the Heritage of Cebu Monument on old Plaza Pari-an. It is walking distance from the Calle Colon Obelisk, the Pari-an Fire Station, the Pari-an Police Station, and the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House. For Google Maps users, please CLICK HERE.

Galleries

Sugbu Gallery 

The first gallery that one will come across upon entering the Museo Pari-an sa Sugbu is the Sugbu Gallery, an informational gallery on the eclessiastical history of Pari-an. It also displays a scale model of what Pari-an district used to look like in yesteryears.

Padre Chirino, S.J. Gallery 

Another gallery in the museum is the Padre Chirino, S.J. that houses a display of general Jesuit History and more particularly, Jesuit History in the Far East. Also displayed in the Padre Chirino, S.J. Gallery are Chinese artifacts such as coins, pottery, and other antiques dug under the house.

Museo Parian sa Sugbo at the Jesuit House in Cebu City Philippines
Chinese artifacts dug under the Jesuit House in Cebu City, Philippines


Also among the display in this gallery is "Ang Bisaya", an artwork sculpted by Justino "Paloy" Cagayat of Paete, Laguna, Philippines. It is made with batikuling wood  with natural varnish. The concept was from Fr. Rene B. Javellana, S.J.

Museo Parian sa Sugbo at the Jesuit House in Cebu City Philippines
Ang Bisaya sculpture 


Second Floor 

Ano 1730 (Year 1730) can be found etched among the walls of the second floor.

Museo Parian sa Sugbo at the Jesuit House in Cebu City Philippines
1730 etched on the wall of the Jesuit House in Cebu City, Philippines

The second floor displays old items from the 19th century onwards. Among these vinatge items are cameras, electric fans, a television set, cash registers, furniture. phonographs, telephones, and a jukebox.

Museo Parian sa Sugbo at the Jesuit House in Cebu City Philippines
Old jukebox

Museo Parian sa Sugbo at the Jesuit House in Cebu City Philippines
Old cash register 


Museo Parian sa Sugbo at the Jesuit House in Cebu City Philippines
Old telephone


Museo Parian sa Sugbo at the Jesuit House in Cebu City Philippines
Old gramophone 





Tile Roof

The roof tiles are also of special interest. At present however, the terracotta roof is still being studied. A ladder leading to the roof of the house is found near the staircase leading to the second floor. I visited the place at night so I wasn't able to see this part.

16 comments:

Jaz said...

Sir Thadz, did you pay any entrance fee diri?

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

50 pesos ang admission fee.

Hanna Frejoles said...

Wala pa jud ko nakasulod diri ay. Will try to clear my scheduule one of these days.

Alyssa Panghulan said...

I wonder if that old Jukebox still works xD

Cheryl F said...

Sige lang ko labay2 ngari but never had the chance to see what's really inside. But will definitely visit there.

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Gituyo gyud nako ni og adto kadtong naay event ang cebu city tourism commission. First visit sad nako ni

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

It was plugged when I saw it but I was too scared to touch it, it might break lol

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

If you are fascinated with vintage stuff and history, you will enjoy a visit here.

Hoven Andre Encontro said...

Will visit this place soon :)

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

I hope you enjoy it

Carlo Andrew Olano said...

It is really nice to visit there. I always like visiting museums, but the problem here in the Philippines is that museums are not really big attractions. Some museums do not even have a proper parking space or it is very hard to find. I hope the LGU will put proper markings and include it in their marketing for tourism.

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

I feel you. But it's actually better to do a walking tour in Cebu's Old Spanish Quarters starting from Fort San Pedro to sto NiƱo to cathedral to colon to parian and as far as muse sugbu

Mimi Gonzales said...

I'm such a huge history buff but I haven't been into this place. I think it's because I don't know how to go there from Lapu-Lapu City? Haha it has long been in my bucket list for months now!

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

As long as you get to Parian, its just a walking distance. Probably take a 21D jeepney from Mandaue, then disembark near cathedral and walk towards parian

Katherine Anne Cutar said...

I honestly think nga super cool jud ang mga antique pieces! Nice!

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

There's actually a lot more vintage stuff at this place that I no longer snapped a photo of.