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“#1 Tourist Attraction in Cebu City- The Yap Sandiego Ancestral House”

Yap Sandiego Ancestral House
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“#1 Tourist Attraction in Cebu City- The Yap Sandiego Ancestral House”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2011

I love the Yap Sandiego Ancestral House! It is an evocative Colonial house made of stone and wood and tile roofing. It is filled with lovely antiques. This house allows me to imagine how life in Cebu must have been in the 1700s. Everything about it is beautiful, even the small garden with a well that still has water. Val Sandiego and his wife decorate the house thematically, for Christmas, Chinese New Year, the June Fiesta, and so on. Every time I visit it, it is is like seeing a woman all dressed in another gown! So beautiful! I highly recommend it to all tourists of Cebu. From there, one can easily visit other tourist attractions in Cebu: The 1730 Jesuit House, Casa Gorordo, Cathedral and Museum, Fort San Pedro, Santo Nino Basilica and Museum, and the newly renovated Plaza Independencia.

Visited July 2011
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“A "Must Visit" in Cebu”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2009

Cebu offers a paucity of historic attractions. The Yap Sandiego Ancestral home helps to fill that void. It is a personal experience as well, for if you are lucky, you might even have the opportunity to visit and interact with the current custodians of this historic property, Mr. & Mrs. Val & Ofelia Sandiego, noted heritage advocates. We were honoured to do so recently.

The house is maintained as a museum and charges a nominal admission fee of 50 pesos to defer costs.

The home is located at corner corner of Mabini & Lopez- Jaena Streets in the Parian neighbourhood, just a few steps north of the Cebu Heritage monument.

The house was built in the late 1600s by Chinese merchants. It is one of oldest existing residential structures in Philippines and unique because of its singularity in Cebu.

It is a wooden structure, notable for its broad hardwood floor planking which is fastened with wooden dowel pegs. It combines a native coral stone foundation and a Spanish style ceramic tile roof. The interior is furnished and decorated in an attractive and eclectic variety of traditional and collected items.

The home is well maintained by its custodians and lived in on a regular basis.

Our visit inspired us to further study of the period and circumstances of its construction.

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“Interesting, if you have time”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2009

This House is interesting to see from outside, but inside there was a renovation under way. The fee is 50 peso.

The museum basically shows how people lived in 19th (?) century. It has the furniture and other items from that time.

To my mind, a similar attraction, Casa Gorordo Museum is much better - it's a bigger and cleaner place, a house and a courtyard of a rich family (mid 19th century).

So if you don't have much time, skip Ancestral House for Casa Gorordo.

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“Evocative and historic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2009

When I arrived at this historic home, the gate appeared to be closed. I walked around the fence and was worried that no one was in attendance.

Eventually I opened the gate and entered the small yet attractively planted courtyard.

A caretaker appeared and after charging me the nominal entrance fee, gave me a ten minute tour of this double storey home.

The photos that I will attach tell the story. It was an enjoyable experience: it is a shame that more of these colonial homes do not remain.

Yap Sandiego Ancestral House is within walking distance of the larger Casa Gorordo that is separately reviewed on TA.

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