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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