Yap Sandiego Ancestral House, Cebu City

Feel the creaking stairs and floors at Yap Sandiego Ancestral House, one of the oldest wood residences in the Philippines. A family of Chinese merchants built this house in the 16th century using coral stones and wood. Restored in 2003, the structure retains much of its original roof and wall construction, serving as a private museum. The interior boasts carved antique furniture, chinaware, and statues of saints. Notice the huge mirror in the living room and a life-size statue of Santo Nino de Cebu. Work out when and for how long to visit Yap Sandiego Ancestral House and other Cebu City attractions using our handy Cebu City online route planner .
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  • The house brings back my memories of my grandparents. I was so happy to see this kind of old house being preserved. The guide was very helpful explaining to my kids the parts of the house. And he was ...  more »
  • Not as well-maintained as nearby Casa Gorordo, but still a definite must-see. The history that resides within its walls is unbelievable. Here’s hoping it gets better support so it continues to be pres...  more »
  • The experience was unexpectedly great! What we thought would be just another one the usual visits to an ancestral house turned out to be the most interesting part of our itinerary. Thanks to our tour ...  more »
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  • According to sources, the house was built sometime during the 17th century, which makes it among the oldest residences still existing in the Philippines. It was said to have been built for the family of Don Juan Yap, a Chinese merchant residing in Pari-an. He was married to Doña Maria Florido, who bore him three children. In the 1880s, their eldest daughter, Maria Florido Yap, was married off to the Cabeza de Barangay of Parian, Don Mariano Sandiego. For some time, the structure was used as a boarding house for students who were enrolled in schools and universities nearby. The upper level was divided by wooden wall partitions to create several small rooms for the boarders. These divisions have been removed in order to bring the interiors of the house back to its original state. In 2008, the ancestral house was turned over to Val Sandiego, who is Doña Maria’s great great grandson. Val Sandiego is a well-known advocate of Cebuano heritage and is the renowned choreographer of the Sandiego Dance Company. Under his care, the house has become a lifestyle museum. Up to this day, the Yap-Sandiego residence contains antiques and religious icons. If you wish to visit the ancestral house, the entrance fee is Php 50. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is located at 155 Mabini St., in Parian, Cebu City. It is only several metres away from the Heritage of Cebu Monument and Colon Street, which is the oldest street in the country. This place is believed to be one of the earliest residential homes in the country built in 1700. This house was formerly owned by a Chinese trader Don Juan Yap and his wife.
  • It's ok. But not really worth the 50 pesos
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  • Excellent example of historical home structure and preservation
  • The oldest House of the Philippines! The cost to enter is 50php.
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