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Yap Sandiego Ancestral House

155 Mabini St. Parian, Cebu City 6000, Philippines
32 514 3003
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Ranked #2 of 40 Attractions in Cebu City
Type: Historic Sites
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Manila, Philippines
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

I like visiting ancestral houses, and Yap Sandiego is one of the few ones where you can actually touch, photograph and scrutinize every artifact (just don't drop them!) The old house is not as big or majestic as the nearby Casa Gorordo in Parian, but what made the difference is the fact that descendants of the original owners still live... More

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Baguio, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

it was by sheer accident that I learned about this place, and when I visited I was simply thrilled to be able to see this very, very old house. they were able to preserve the antiquity, keeping everything much the same, and it makes me wonder...how marvelous would it have looked during the Spanish era...

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Quezon City, Philippines
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

This is the other house to go to after (or before) going to the Jesuit house. It's a snap shot of what houses used to look like not only in Cebu, but the whole Philippines as well. It's filled with all kinds of antique religious artifacts/ images/ statues- and the highlight of my visit was the statue of San Miguel... More

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Adelaide
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This place is old and reminded me of my grandfather's house. The person who hands out the ticket also acted as a guide/photographer for us. You can touch anything you want but be careful not to break anything as some of the things there are priceless. It's a very interesting place to visit.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I went here in the evening, and admittedly the place gave quite a creepy vibe! However, the house is nearly 350 years old so I guess it's very understandable! The guys running it were very friendly, and it was such a unique place to experience. It definitely was one of my highlights in Cebu!

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Manila, Philippines
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46 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This is one of the more popular, centuries-old heritage houses found in Cebu City that are open to the public. Its exterior appearance as you approach it will leave no doubt about its antiquity. Amazing how the Yap-Sandiego descendants have managed to preserve not only its structure but also its contents. Sadly though, the resident guide revealed that about 30%... More

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Silay, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I went here with my companions this september and was surprised by the view inside the house. Although small it was maintained after all these years. The lone staff member accomodated us and told to take as many pictures as we want. He even took our pictures which is great. I recommend you visit this house when you have the... More

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Mandaue, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Just a few steps across the Heritage of Cebu Monument is the ancestral home of the Yap-Sandiego's. When I was very young and used to pass this house, I remembered it really looked old and neglected, and rented to some family. But somebody must have told the Sandiego's that this old house has a historical value, and that prompted them... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I really thought I was in Vigan when we came to this place. This tri-centennial house is surprisingly still at 95% original and they still sleep there during the weekends so as not to completely abandon the house. The coolest thing about it is their vast collection of religious articles which for me shows how much they value their faith.... More

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Beppu-shi, Oita, Japan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The house was so small and exhibit was not interesting for me. may be there was a guide but I could not be explained I don`t know why.

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