December 31, 2018

Yap Sandiego Ancestral House – Photo Story

Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

Yap Sandiego Ancestral House is supposed to be one of the oldest residential buildings in Cebu. Also, one of the very first Chinese dwellings built out of the country. Even if that is not the case, it's a place well worth visiting if you ever find yourself in Cebu City.

The staff is very kind, helpful, well knowledgeable and always ready to take pictures of you if you ask. One of the young men told me that they encourage taking photos, viewing and even touching the displayed treasures - just not breaking.

And while the Ancestral House is well preserved and well taken care of, it doesn't feel formal, like a regular museum. The atmosphere is casual and friendly. So, this would be a place to visit for all of you free spirits out there.

Before revealing some of my best images of the place, I'd like to point out two things that are most special about the place. First, the home is still owned by the ascendants of the original owners. And second, the building materials are astonishing to me:

  • coral stones glued with egg whites,
  • molave - the valuable durable heavy hard yellow wood of the molave tree - a large Philippine timber tree,
  • balayong (heavy, dark red wood of cherry tree) and
  • terracotta.

Historical Facts and Personal Experience

Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House in Cebu City, Philippines - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House in Cebu City, Philippines in December of 2018.                                                           "The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House is one of the oldest houses in the Philippines. Built in the late 17th century, the ancestral house has remained in its original state even though it already shows weather-beaten but unyielding structures made of molave and coral stones due to time. This was the house of Don Juan Yap and Doña Maria Florido with their 3 children: Maria, Eleuterio and Consolacion."                                                           

Inside of Yap Sandiego Ancestral House - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

There are lots and lots of table settings throughout the house with neat collections of antique everyday and special-occasion items, used in a well-off Cebuano home.                                                                                                             "During the 1880’s, Maria Florida Yap, the eldest daughter of Don Juan and Doña Maria, married Don Mariano Sandiego who was that time the Cabeza de Barangay of Parian."

Old pottery displayed inside the Yap Sandiego Ancestral House - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

A collection of more or less well-preserved pottery, used by the house dwellers sometime during the last 300 years +.                                                                                                                                                                                           "The house has surpassed a couple of generations. In 2008, the ancestral house was turned over under the care of Val Sandiego and his wife, Ofelia. Val Sandiego, one of Cebu’s famous choreographers, heritage icon and art collector, is the great great grandson of Doña Maria Yap-Sandiego."

Traditional outfit from inside the Yap Sandiego Ancestral House - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

An original ladies' outfit, displayed at the house, in front of the well preserved, (I'm guessing) Cebuano made balayong-wood wardrobe.

Filipino girl in traditional outfit from the period of Spanish influence - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

Cebuano girl behind the admission desk, dressed in traditional Filipino outfit from the era of the Spanish influence.

Detail from inside the Yap Sandiego Ancestral House - Photo © 2018 Daria PersePainting of a family on one of the wooden screens (I think) - or maybe there's a wardrobe behind. I'm not sure. But what I know for certain - it's simply beautiful!


"Believing that the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House is part of Cebu’s history and heritage, Val preserved and carefully restored his ancestor’s home using coral stones glued with egg whites, molave, balayong and terracotta.  

He also firmly stands never to sell the house no matter what the offer is."

Bedroom in Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

Master bedroom with a fancy bed. Beautiful and well taken care of.

One of the well preserved, carved chairs from the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

One of the fancy chairs in the house. Sophisticated carving details sure caught my attention.

Well preserved hardwood floor inside the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral Home - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

One of the very first details I was in awe over was this stunning-looking hardwood floor. In excellent condition, too - considering more than 300 years of age and countless feet stomping on it!

Drapes from inside the Yap Sandiego Ancestral Home - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

Second-floor living area from another perspective, with wonderful hand-made white lace for drapes and tablecloth. Each of these pieces took many hours to make.

"The house is filled with contemporary and ancient artworks, antique pieces and Cebuano-made native furniture. There are also life-sized statues, religious icons and images of saints found around the 2-storey house."

Green glass collection from inside the Yap Sandiego Ancestral House - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

Roundtable with another hand-crocheted tablecloth which is a piece of art by itself. Items made of green glass and ceramics are also impressive. They show someone's artistic taste.

Beautiful carved armoire from inside the Yap Sandiego Ancestral house - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

Armoire with very detailed carving. Very feminine and elegant. Once again, I was very impressed with the color, quality ,and sturdiness of the Filipino wood. This one may be molave.

Original wooden floor inside the Yap Sandiego Ancestral House - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

One more look at the perfection of the floor, made of balayong wood. Its shine and smoothness are beyond description!

Beautiful hardwood staircase in Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

Impressive staircase, leading to the second floor. Once again - hard, heavy balayong-tree wood is beautiful and meant to last.

Beautifully carved antique chair from Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

Another crocheted piece-of-art tablecloth covering the round table -  and another hand-carved chair.

Carved wooden chair at Yap Sandiego Ancestral Home - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

One more wooden chair with very tasteful and detailed carving on the backrest.

An antique harp from Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

Just before leaving I discovered a beautiful harp musical instrument leaning on one of the downstairs walls. I can easily imagine one of the past residents playing it to their heart content.

Collection of Chinese hats from Yap Sandiego Ancestral House - Photo © 2018 Daria Perse

Last but not least, a fancy collection of Chinese hats. They had to come in handy with all the heat and sunshine Cebu island abounds with!

Location and How to Get There

"The Yap Sandiego Ancestral House is located at
155-Lopez Jaena corner Mabini St., 6000 Parian, Cebu City, Philippines. 
It is open daily to the public (entrance fee PhP 50 per person) from 9:00am to 6:00pm.
Contact (032) 514-3002, 514-3003 or 253-5568 for inquiries.

If you’re in Cebu City, you can ride a jeep with 01K code at SM Cebu or near Radisson Blu Hotel.
Go down at Shamrock and take a short walk to the right, you’ll find the Parian Plaza.
You'll see the Yap Sandiego Ancestral House just across the Cebu’s Heritage Monument."
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Daria

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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