Posted by April 19, 2010on
When we did a Cebu heritage tour last month, one of the houses that we got to visit is the Yap Sandiego House. I have been to Cebu for so many times, but this is my first time to actually set foot in this ancestral house.
The house which was built in the Pari-an district was built using the bahay na bato model. The was was built around late 18th century by the couple Juan Yap and Maria Florido.
The Pari-an district in Cebu is known to be the center of Chinese population in the City.
The Yap couple bore three children, Maria, Eleuterio, and Consolacion. Later on, the eldest child Maria was married to Don Mariano Sandiego who was a Cabeza de Barangay of the Pari-an District during the 1880′s.
Currently, the house has been converted into a museum for everyone to get a glimpse of how the Yap and Sandiego lived during its time. Priceless porcelains, glass and other materials are on display. The flooring is an original hardwood.and its roof is made of clay tiles.
The house is said to be the oldest house in the Philippines.
The Yap Sandiego Ancestral House is located along Lopez Jaena Street, Cebu City. It just just a few meters away from another heritage house, the Casa Gorordo.
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