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“A glimpse of old Cebu”

Yap Sandiego Ancestral House
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Half-Day Cebu City Tour
Ranked #5 of 112 things to do in Cebu City
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Cebu City, Cebu City, Philippines
2 reviews
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“A glimpse of old Cebu”
Reviewed December 21, 2011

I love how they arranged everything in the place. It is a very beautiful museum of delicate antiques. What I love about the place is the homey style and feel, unlike other museums where you feel being watched all the time and thus make your visit uncomfortable. The Yap Sandiego indulges your curiousity and encourages you to touch and experience for yourself the traditional game of Sungka, or hold between your fingers an ancient egg-beater.

Visited May 2011
1 Thank RaraFoxx
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“Restoration badly needed”
Reviewed December 16, 2011

There was a delivery truck blocking the house and it was raining and the ancestral house was closed because the ground floor has flood water and the roof was dripping with rainwater. It is really an ancestral house that needs restoration. Old treasure wasted.

Visited November 2011
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Cebu City, Philippines
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“breathtaking place”
Reviewed November 16, 2011

the yap sandiego ancestral house was Au-some..breathtaking old house,, i was actually starstruck when i entered the house cuz a lot og huge and big saints inside,,the small sto Nino in the racking chair was also cute,,heheh but a bit scary,, i had also touched the 1940's carnival glasses and plates which was more interesting because my tour guide from CEBU TRIP TOURS told me that those old carnival glass and plates where given to you once you win something at the carnival before,,its like a token perhaps,, moreover i was more amazed when i found out that the roof was made of terracotta tiles which weighs 2 kilos,,wow!!.. We also went to the bedroom and i was so surprised when i saw this old version of baby crib,,

Yap Sandiego is a must see attraction we ,,thanks to my tour guide From Cebu Trip Tours which really gave me the best service ever!!!!..had fun also at Sto Nino Church, Magellan 's Cross, Toist temple, and so on so if you want to have a half day tour that is just PHP800.00 just call the Cebu Trip Tours # 318-7129 to arrange the best attractions in cebu..with nice and friendly guide with you!!

Visited November 2011
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Cebu Island, Philippines
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“Totally amazing piece of history!”
Reviewed October 23, 2011

I am from Cebu, but embarrassing as it seems, I have to admit that it is my first time to step into this place in the 40 years that I have lived here.

I never thought that this house is a museum, I have passed by this place for so many times but I just thought that this was just one old house that have refused to be demolished with all the construction going on around the place.

I finally decided to pay it a visit and I sort of scolded myself for missing this piece of gem right in the middle of busy Cebu City! It is amazing to know that this house, built in 1675, has withstood all typhoons and earthquake.

Going inside was really going back to the Spanish era. The house is not that big compared to the nearby Casa Gorordo (another old house and museum) but I like this better because it still looks very authentic. On the ground floor, there is an area which has only gravel as its flooring, which I think was how it was before (I remember I have a great grandma who lives in house which has no tiles or plank floors). What’s another amazing about the house is its good collection of antiques, mostly religious in nature, but its furniture and décor are really great! On the second floor, going up the short flight of stairs are more displays of antiques and it has one bedroom where the owner still stays and spends the night every weekend! Upon going up, I felt a bit scared because it seemed at any one time, the house would just crumble under my weight. But I was surprised to learn that the house is also open for private parties with a maximum of 45 persons only if using the second floor.

The house is located on street corner and it has a small garden which has a well. I could not really imagine that this was still a very active home and had always thought was just one of those properties waiting to be bulldozed away.

The ancestral home is located in the Pari-an area which has very narrow roads and some few old houses (Casa Gorordo included). This is a very interesting area for a tourist to be seeing these old homes while at the same time, he gets to see how regular people go on about their daily lives. Just across the Yap-San Diego ancestral home, beyond the Fire Station is another interesting restaurant --- Café de Elysa. While food is a bit pricey, it’s a welcome addition to this area. Food is good and the restaurant is actually another old home converted into a resto. It has interesting paintings on its wall and the owner/chef sometimes comes up to you for some quick chat and some small talk about his menu.

This area should be made a must-stop for a tourist as this will bring him back to Cebu’s Spanish era. This should be a good point to appreciate more of what Cebu has to offer aside from the beaches.

Visited October 2011
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Cebu Island, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed August 31, 2011

its best to go late afternoon, about 4pm. old old house and looking at this house makes you wonder how it survived the beatings of time and nature. amazed at the old and shiny wooden floors even without the aid of waxes, the old well that never dries up even with the summer heat, the posts (its a whole tree trunk), the lights, the big wide windows ... architecturally great.
When you go there, be sure to BRING A CAMERA (i failed to)...they even let you try out customs/outfits of that era.

Visited May 2011
7 Thank mzgica
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