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Yap Sandiego Ancestral House, Cebu City
(4.1/5 based on 360+ reviews on the web)
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. Plan to see Yap Sandiego Ancestral House and other attractions that appeal to you using our Cebu City trip itinerary builder.
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  • Not worth paying P50 per head, the guide gave only little information about the place for about 3-5 mins then gave us time for picture taking. I suggest going to Jesuit place across the street instead 
  • Very old building but very interesting. Everybody in the household, interior decoration, kitchenware.
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  • Really enjoyed going round the house with all its nook and cranniesWe combined the ancestral house with the Heritage Monument and the Jesuit house -all very close. The Casa Gorada, also nearby, is clo...  more »
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  • A nice stop over after seeing the Cebu Heritage Park. Small museum owned by a family which showcases collection of antiques and memorabilias collected by the family. Eerie but interesting. Those ladies dressed in old Hispanic dress was perfect for the ambience but was ruined by men who were wearing casual t-shirts and shorts. (I hope that was just an abnormal day :-) )
  • The place is wonderful and nicely preserve. Tour Guide was excellent helping is out with the picture taking
  • Kudos to the Sandiego family for understanding the historical value of this house, probably the oldest one in the Philippines still standing to date.
  • Urgently historical, with a palpable sense of warmth. The house is a time capsule of days of old and now maintained to showcase the rich crisscrossing of Cebu's multi-cultural past.
  • There is a unique feeling inside the house. It feels like you're cut away from the outside world and you are time-machined back to the Spanish Era. Its an eerie feeling, especially when you're going there alone. For their staff? I would say it has room for improvements. Imo, I find them not so accomodating although I give them points for wearing baro't saya - the national dress.