Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House: One of the Oldest Houses in the Philippines

One of the oldest houses built in the Philippines that is still standing today is the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House in Cebu City's Pari-an District, once the center of society and culture in Old Cebu. Built in 1675, the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House will actually celebrate it's 340th year this coming October 2015. It is considered one of the oldest existing residential structures in the Philippines.






House Material

The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House is a Bahay na Bato ug Kahoy made from wood and coral stones. Authorities in heritage and history certified that the old coral stones are 95% authentic.

Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House in Cebu City Philippines
Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House in Cebu City, Philippines

Street Address

The Yap-Sandiego House, now under the ownership and care of heritage advocate Val Mancao Sandiego of Sandiego Dance Group fame and wife Ofelia Zozobrado Sandiego is located at 155 Mabini Street corner Lopez Jaena Street, barangay Pari-an, City of Cebu, Philippines.


Residents

According to an information posted at the house, this house was built by Chinese merchants residing in Pari-an. The oldest known occupants were Don Juan Yap and Maria Florido. This was later passed on to their siblings Maria Eleuterio and Consolacion Yap. Maria Yap, the eldest daughter and a 5th generation Yap, married the Cabeza de Barangay of Pari-an in the late 1880's Don Mariano Avendano Sandiego. At present, the Sandiego family sleeps at the house on weekends. On special occasions such as the Sinulog Festival, dancers of the Sandiego Dance Group also sleep in the lone bedroom of the house. 

Museum

The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House is also a repository of antique items such as old furniture, old porcelain and Chinawares, old paintings and other artworks, old cooking utensils, old flatirons and a lot of other items with great heritage value.

Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House in Cebu City Philippines
Thadz with a painting of old Colon Street


Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House in Cebu City Philippines
Old plancha




Tourist Information

The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House opened its doors to the public in 2008. Now, it is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight. Visitors may also choose to dine at the recently opened Cafe Jardin de Rafael at the garden area. The house is visible from the old Plaza Pari-an where the Heritage of Cebu Monument stands. For Google Map users, the exact location can be found HERE.


30 comments:

Rea Alducente said...

I'm really curious what this looks like. I think I might have passed by this before. I want to visit but never got the chance. Ancestral houses are very interesting!

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Its along the road ra gyud in parian, once the area where most of Cebu's trade happened

Anne M said...

I've been here back in my college days for the Gabii sa Kabilin! I must say that nerdy me loves old places and ancestral and historic finds. :)

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Alyssa Panghulan said...

I've never been here. Actually, I've never been to most historical places in Cebu. T_T Kato rang mga pag field trip pag elementary days. :/

Alyssa of www.alyssanity.com

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Same here, I like old places and anything about history

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

It's never too late to explore! Join unya sa events I will create for bloggers soon

Cheryl F said...

Never heard about this before, or it's just me finding history a bit boring. Whenever I see places like this, what comes to mind always is a vintage shoot. Think I still have so much to know about the places in Cebu then.

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

I, on the other hand is a history junkie and I go out of my way to find places like these

Hoven Andre Encontro said...

Will surely add this place to to my list of places to visit :)

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Let's plan out a CBC Heritage tour nya

Hanna Frejoles said...

I've never been here pa jud. In fact, I've never been to Parian. hmmm. I really need to explore Cebu City more.

Carlo Andrew Olano said...

340 years! Just wow! Imagine how many typhoons has had happened over that span. It's longevity is already one good reason why you need to visit it.

Rica Lanojan said...

This house is really awesome! I love visiting to ancestral and historical places. I've been here during the gabii sa kabilin where I won first place in photo blogging contest:) it's an unforgettable experience.. I was truly amazed by the house, it brings me back during Spanish era the way I imagined it:)

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Emjae Fotos said...

Finally got to check this house during a shoot last month. It's really old especially the furniture around the house. Good thing they have preserved it well. :)

Christy Ocariza said...

It's really nice knowing the history of our province. I'm glad you included that details regarding the visiting hours. I would love to go there. :) Thanks for the information.

Jaz said...

I've never visited this house even if I have passed it several times especially when I take trip to the Cathedral. It is interesting to note that the Sandiego family has preserved it well to maintain its historical value.

Romeo Nicolas Bonsocan said...

Nice jud ni siya, Sir! Trivia: nidagan baya na siya nga mayor sa Carcar some years ago. Napilde lang... :)

Katherine Anne Cutar said...

Old will always be cool no matter what! Ugh taga Cebu man unta ko ngano wala man tawn ko kaadto anang lugara. Kanindot jud unta!

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Really? You should visit soon!

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

World War 2, Cebu's great fire, and all those typhoons and it's still standing!

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Wow! Congrats for winning the photo blog contest. I hope you continue photo blogging about all the places of interest in Cebu.

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

I'm amazed too at how everything is well preserved. It's a pity some of the old porcelain got broken during the earthquake in 2013.

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

I hope you enjoy the visit soon. And keep checking out our posts as we will be featuring more of Cebu's historical landmarks here.

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Really? Nindot unta kung nidaog siya knowing Carcar is a heritage city and him being a heritage advocate.

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

It's great they really preserved this. I'm sure there's always the temptation to go for modern development, specially this is at the heart of the city.

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

I urge you to find time somehow to visit. Parian is really a gem in Cebu's history.

Mimi Gonzales said...

Omggg I love the idea of CBC Heritage tour!!! Go kaayo ko ana! I know I missed a lot of heritage sites jud, I haven't even visited more than half of them! My inner history buff is cheering!!!

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Lez make it happen then!

Marie Imperial said...

We can ask Ka Bino to be our tour guide sa Heritage Tour. Ay wait! Puede kaayo ni sa imong Amazing Race challenge idea Sir! Hehehe! Haven't dined there yet pero murag lingaw.

Thaddeau II Engaling said...

Yup, Naa na koy nathink nga challenges diri