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Yap Sandiego Ancestral House

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Address: 155 Mabini St. Parian, Cebu City 6000, Philippines
Phone Number: 32 514 3003
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Durable Old Girl

The Yap-Sandiego Home is a small two-story wooden house, weather-beaten and definitely showing it's age. Your first impression might be that the next strong wind that comes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 14, 2015
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

The Yap-Sandiego Home is a small two-story wooden house, weather-beaten and definitely showing it's age. Your first impression might be that the next strong wind that comes along has a good chance of blowing the old girl into match-sticks. However, appearances are deceiving; this house is a tough-as-nails survivor. Consider this: when Fort San Pedro was built in the 1730s,... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Been there to visit and was mistreated by staff. Objects present are of questionable value end the place is not that interesting. I recommend avoiding altogether.

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Cebu City, Cebu City, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Based on the old maps and residence of the Old Parian, the location of this house is not part of the boundaries, therefore its authenticity is questionable. Nevertheless, its efforts of organizing antiquities is remarkable.

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Taguig City, Philippines
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

It's the real thing - an ancestral home preserved through the years! But am wondering how long this house will last and it's really a very big pity and loss if this house will just crumble down anytime depriving future generations to appreciate their history. I hope a philanthropist can save this treasure! Forgot the name of our tour guide... More 

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Manila
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

My favorite spot in our city tour. A lot of interesting items and stories about the house. The best thing is that the owner still sleeps there from time to time! The tour guide was also entertaining. Do not miss this when you tour the city.

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Makati, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I enjoyed viewing and taking photos of the relics, and I loved that the tour guide knew a lot of the family's history and was able to relate it to the history of Chinese-Visayans in Cebu. He was also very enthusiastic in taking pictures since I was a solo traveler.

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Mandaluyong, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Visited the museum during Sinulog Grand parade. The entrance fee is only Php20.00 Amazing collection and maintenance of the coralstone-made house. There's even a small banca preserved(caretaker said it was used to travel from Cebu mainland to mactan island before the 2 concrete bridges were built. Caretaker also said that the latest generation of Yap Sandiego still sleeps in that... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I found this ancestral house very interesting. First owned by the Chinese Yap family, then by the Sandiego family. Descendants of the Sandiego family still stay in the home on weekends, so it is kept in very clean and good condition.

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Cebu City, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This house turned museum was just a small family house. This is one of the old house in the city that was well preserved. This house has survived for many hundred years and I hope this will last longer for future generations. You can spend a few minutes to take photos and you can even touch some of their display.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Great addition to this tourist stop is the photos you get from the caretaker. He knows all the angles directs you where to sit, where to look and where to stand to get these poses that highlight the antique furniture in the house.

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