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.
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 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."