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.
|Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House in Cebu City, Philippines|
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.
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.
According to an information posted at the house, this house was built by Chinese merchants residing in Pari-an. The oldest known occupants of the house 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.
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.
|Thadz with a painting of old Colon Street at the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House in Cebu City, Philippines|
|Old plancha at the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House in Cebu City, Philippines|
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 house's 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.