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Yap Sandiego Ancestral House

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Address: 155 Mabini St. Parian, Cebu City 6000, Philippines
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20 minutes - but worth seeing.

Don;t hesitate to go there. After short introduction from a guide you will visit this special house (its owners still sleep there once a week to not to let the house to be totally... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Warsaw, Poland
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Tokyo, Japan
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Diverting from the other must -see places, it was an unexpected and delightful surprise to find this house -still used by the owners on certain occasions, generation after generation- that has been preserved in such great shape. And, what is more impressive, you are even allowed to touch, but you do not dare. A truly living treasure from days past.... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don;t hesitate to go there. After short introduction from a guide you will visit this special house (its owners still sleep there once a week to not to let the house to be totally abandoned). A piece of history of Cebu. On the way to Casa Gorordo museum. These 2 places together will give you a view how Cebu looked... More 

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This old house is worth the walk from colon st. It will take 10 minutes tops to get there. When you think it's only 342 years old & still live in at weekends plus it has with stood lots of major earthquakes "they don't make things like that anymore". So walk back to years gone by and enjoy. You can... More 

Thank timeinthesun63
Makati, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The house was quaint and you if you are lucky, you could be given a tour by one of the heirs of the house. It may seem a bit cluttered as the house has treasures here and there that are easily accessible to all who comes in.

Thank janelynmalinao
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a quaint old house with the furniture and accessories well-preserved. It is interesting to see the things that are used in the home during the olden times. It is quite small though. But for those who enjoy looking at how people's homes were in the past, this is a good place to visit.

Thank Jojo C
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The owner has given this little gem to the people of Cebu. The staff were enthusiastic about telling us the inside stories and showing us the items on display

2 Thank Andrew H
San Jose del Monte, Philippines
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The air inside was deep cold! I could even smell the old people living here years ago. What else can I say it's really creepy inside. I mean, the bed, furniture, paintings, the stairs, cutleries, plates, wares, dining tables, everything is creepy old. I could still feel goosebumps as I write this review. It's worth a visit when you are... More 

Thank ayenisquefont2
Cebu City, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed March 14, 2017 via mobile

Located near Colon St, the house will give you best of both worlds, old and new or should I say both old and new Cebu City. The house is so antique that going inside will make you imagine that you are back in the spanish era of colonization. A glimpse of the old and rich heritage of Cebu City. It... More 

Thank Chlodred1978
Lapu Lapu, Philippines
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed March 8, 2017

This house is fascinating with its low ceilings and darkness. However, it is inhabited. On the weekend members of the family stay at the house. This is required so that they can retain ownership and the rights for this property to remain a residence … the weird ways of bureaucracy! A striking feature is table after table filled with crockery... More 

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Rayong, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 426 helpful votes
Reviewed February 18, 2017

Yap Sandiego Ancestral House is reputed to be the oldest extant residential house in Cebu, dating back some 400 years. Certainly it looks the part. Looking at the house from the outside is free, as is looking into the house through the open windows and doorways. But if you want to go inside it will cost you a modest Peso... More 

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