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“Typical stone house during the Spanish era”

Casa Gorordo Museum
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Owner description: This museum looks at local life in the 1800s.
Reviewed October 8, 2017

Do you want to get an idea of how stone houses looked like in the Philippines during the Spanish era? Then visit the Casa Gorordo Museum located at no. 35 Eduardo Aboitiz St., Cebu City or Lopez Jaena St. It is a mid-19th century stone house constructed by Alejandro Reynes y Rosales and later bought by Juan Isidro de Gorordo (a Spanish merchant). The very first Filipino bishop of Cebu, Juan Gorordo, later came from the same family. Last 1991 the house was declared as a National Historical Landmark.

Casa Gorordo is a typical house of a pretty well-off family at the turn of the century. The ground floor is made of stone and it usually served as the family's store room (for example, of their field's harvest, and agricultural equipment). The residence proper begins on the upper floor, divided into various rooms. The upper floor is made of wood with grilled windows and capiz sliders. Its antique furniture and other objects are all on display. There is also an external staircase that, from the garden, lead to the veranda of the house proper.

Compared with other colonial stone houses in the Philippines, the Casa Gorordo is not really that big. Hence, it would take you less only about 30 minutes to visit the whole place. Unfortunately no picture taking is allowed inside the house. They are quite strict about this.

Casa Gorordo is now owned by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc., which bought it in 1980, restored it and later opened it as a public museum. It is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Reservation must be made on-line if you want to visit the house, but payment is done on the site itself. Admission ticket costs from 80 to 180 pesos (depending on whether you want a welcome drink, use earphones, a tablet, a booklet, and have a souvenir).

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Reviewed September 17, 2017 via mobile

I'm not "cultured" enough to point out what's great about this place compared to other museums but what I do know is that this gives us a wonderful look into the life of the wealthy Filipinos of the Chinese area of old Cebu.

In paying P120, you're getting a proper, guided tour, complete with amenities and even a free key chain made through livelihood programs sponsored by RAFI.

We were one of the volunteers who repacked rice and canned goods, among others in the "silong" of the museum. No other than the Aboitizes themselves prepared free packed lunches for the volunteers in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). They were there, just like the rest of us, all sweaty and tired, for a common cause. Knowing my entrance fee goes to the countless projects of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation makes me want to go back again and again.

Thank May G
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Reviewed August 19, 2017

A fine example of how the Ilustrados live in that time.The various antiques seen gave us the feel how they manage household. Also i imagine the size of their dwelling that can not be done with only one housemaid.

They were religious and devoted by how the prayer room was established. I can still remember our visit in Casa Manila. they have the similar concept in the presentation.

Thank MijnlieverdFH
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Reviewed August 10, 2017 via mobile

This place is a fine example of Cebu in the past. My wife and I was given a tour to remember by Ren. He explained the history of using a interactive map. Seeing the city grow and the influences of the Chinese , Spanish and the indigenous peoples was cool. Exploring the house and listening to RENs commentary put you back in time. Take your time enjoy the beautiful rooms. We also stopped in the cafe for a late lunch. Limited menu but good food. This museum is a must stop with the Jesuit House nearby.

Thank kewz
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Reviewed July 27, 2017 via mobile

I last visited Casa Gorordo more than 20 years ago and was pleasantly surprised that they have updated the experience.

They have installed dioramas at the basement and a tour guide explained how the area evolved through time. Our guide was on her first day on the job but she was AMAZING in the depth of her knowledge on the subject and about the colonial Philippine history in general.

One of the additional changes made was an updated bathroom and kitchen, which made it look more modern. I actually liked the old trough style bathroom but I'm not quite sure which version is more historically accurate. Regardless, the rest of the house gave a pretty realistic look into the life of the people back then.

Thank AmANomad
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