January 1, 2019

1730 Jesuit House Museum – Photo Story

1730 Jesuit House in Parian District - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

1730 Jesuit House or Museo de Parian is the former residence of the religious community. The first Jesuit to arrive in Cebu for his mission was Gonsalvo Pareira. The year was 1593. Through the decades, the Jesuit House of 1730 grew into only second in importance to Manila.

This first paragraph is supposed to convince anyone who comes to Cebu City of the importance of this historical site. But here comes a warning. The current building is also housing family hardware business. Sometime in the past, the warehouse was built around the 1730 Jesuit House. Luckily, the original building stayed conserved for future generations.

Jesuit Museum - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

When I first spotted the house, I'm gonna be honest with you, I wasn't quite sure I wanted to enter. It looks rundown. The current owners converted indigenous part of the property into the museum only in 2009. Since then, locals and tourists alike realize more often the important role this place played in the history of Cebu.

Surprisingly enough, the museum part of the Jesuit House is well organized, well maintained, and the artifacts beautifully preserved. It gives the impression of a formal museum. The admission of PhP 50/person (I think) even includes the tour guide. But without a guide, one could spend a few hours in there - reading all the stories and looking at all the old photos, maps, statues, antiques, and furniture. Indeed, Museo de Parian is a diamond in the rough!

Address: 26 Zulueta St, Cebu City
Hours: daily from 8:30 AM to 12 PM and 1 to 5 PM

The entrance to the Museo de Parian - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

The current entrance to the Jesuit Museum, through the warehouse.

Statue from the 1730 Jesuit House - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

Statue of one of the Jesuits - inside the Museo de Parian.

"The Society of Jesus, or the Jesuits, is a religious order of the Catholic Church founded in 1534. It is one of the many religious orders that arrived in the Philippines when it was still a Spanish colony to help spread Christianity in the Far East. The Jesuits particularly arrived in Cebu around 1595 and established a residence at Parian, a place where a community of Chinese merchants lived."

An old map from 1730 Jesuit House - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

One of the maps from inside the Jesuit Museum.

Story of Ciudad - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

A story about Ciudad (present Cebu), Spanish settlement built exclusively for the Spaniards in 1565.

Story about Spaniards and Jesuits - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

The story about how Jesuits helped Spaniards establish schools and spread Christianity.

New Mission Territories - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

Jesuits committed themselves to the conversion and evangelization of the Visayas by slowly weeding out all customs of the natives.

About Evangelization - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

Filipino children would remain under the care of Jesuits. Boys and girls lived in separate dormitories, practiced prayers and study basics of faith.

About Seminarium - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

Jesuit schools were called 'seminarium'  (seedbeds of Gospel). Jesuits knew that by educating children they would influence their parents and other adults.

One of the rooms in Jesuit House - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

One of the rooms in Jesuit House with beyond beautiful original hardwood floor made of Filipino balayong wood.

Nativity Scene Carving at Museo de Parian - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

Beautiful wood carving of the nativity scene.

Fancy chair from the Jesuit Museum - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

Fancy chair with carved backrest. 

Stylish chair in Museo de Parian - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

Another unusual chair I've seen before - at other places. It had to be quite popular at one time.

Carved wooden chair at 1730 Jesuit House - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

One last chair I captured at the Jesuit House. It looks quite elegant and at the same time uncomfortable.

Masculine armoire from Jesuit House - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

A very masculine armoire in excellent condition.

Singer sowing machine at Jesuit House - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

Singer sewing machine. I've seen a lot of these in Europe and never expected to find one in the Philippines. What a voyage!

Beautiful detail at the Jesuit Museum - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

Another beautiful carving - so tastefully done!

Well preserved artifacts at Museo de Parian - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

An angel balayang-wood carving and an elaborate oil lamp.

Delicate oil lamp at 1730 Jesuit House - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

Another exquisite oil lamp. It sure doesn't look like Jesuits lived in poverty.

Carved relief from the Jesuit House, bearing the year 1730 - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

Inside the 1730 Jesuit House Museum, there's a portal leading to the covered walkway which goes from the main house to another building. Above the portal is the carved relief bearing the year 1730.

Best of Cebu, 1730 Jesuit House - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

Sitting area that doesn't give the impression of being a few centuries old - or being used by poor missionaries.


Daria is a SunFlower by nature, on a mission to shine the light of beauty and happiness on this world in the same way that the Sun spreads its warmth.

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