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 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.
|Jesuit House in Cebu City, Philippines|
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.
The first gallery that one will come across upon entering the Museo Pari-an sa Sugbu at the Jesuit House of 1730 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.
|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.
|Ang Bisaya sculpture at the Jesuit House in Cebu City, Philippines|
Ano 1730 (Year 1730) can be found etched among the walls of the second floor.
|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.
|Old jukebox at the Jesuit House in Cebu City, Philippines|
|Old cash register at the Jesuit House in Cebu City, Philippines|
|Old telephone at the Jesuit House in Cebu City, Philippines|
|Old gramophone at the Jesuit House in Cebu City, Philippines|
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.