Yap Sandiego Ancestral House

Yap Sandiego Ancestral House

Yap Sandiego Ancestral House
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8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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One of the oldest residential structure in the Philippines.
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Jason S
Melbourne, Australia2,054 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Located near the monument, so not far from a few major tourists' attractions, wouldn't say it's a "MUST DO" but if in the area I would do.

Only takes maybe 20 minutes to visit, said to be the oldest Chinese house in Cebu and mostly in original condition.

Locals playing music in the garden was nice.
Written March 24, 2024
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Discover38808182743
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Business
100 php para sa ancestral house. not even worth to see. mas malaki pa ung fort san pedro pero ms mura bayad. better spend that money somewhere else
Written March 21, 2024
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IOLANDA PRISCIL... Y
Mandaluyong, Philippines3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
I'm proud to be a YAP because of my father, and my Chinese Ancestor. I may not the only 1, but many.
Written June 3, 2023
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Simon C
Ashtead, UK762 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Apparently, this is the oldest Chinese house in Cebu and I was told “most is original”.

I am sceptical, the floorboards like more like 35 years old not 350 and nails were not around in the 1670s. The owners, I mam told, stay at weekends, but hard to see quite where since their bedroom looked very unoccupied.

One uncomfortable moment was in the garden where there is a harpist, who for a few peso, will play a little, at which three young children- aged between 4-7, dressed in traditional dress wake up (or are woken) from dozing in a nearby room and rush to perform a series of whirls and swirls. They don’t look happy and I felt this bordered on child abuse.

The harpist told me these were his children, so does this make it ok?
Written May 26, 2023
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alwaystravelsf
Pacifica, CA444 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Wasn’t expecting much but I have to admit it was fascinating to see such an old house and being able to walk around and they even allow you to sit on furniture and touch some artifacts. Just be respectful as it’s old. The upstairs was cool and the bedroom is there where apparently the owners stay on weekends. An old man was playing an old Harp and beautiful song, Fools Rush In by Elvis.
Written May 23, 2023
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Escapementality
258 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
According to the Guide to the Philippines website, this house is not only one of the oldest in the Philippines and home to the family who helped found Cebu's Sinulog festival, but perhaps the first Chinese house built outside of China.

Why such a low score for such a historic place. then?

Because as a historical experience, which the Yap San Diego Ancestral House is billed as, it fails to educate the visitor at all. We visited hoping to learn something about the multicultural history of Cebu, but what little we did learn came from looking things up online after the fact.

I couldn't help but compare this house to another old house that we visited nearby later in the day, the Casa Gorordo museum. While the Yap San Diego house is much older, Casa Gorordo does a far better job of communicating its history to visitors, with interactive screens, and tablet-based audiovisual tours included in the ticket price.

Judging by past reviews, it appears that there used to be costumed tour guides to help people understand the property, but we saw no-one and no mention of any such service. It's incredible to me that both Yap San Diego and Gorordo charge the same 100 peso entry fee when YSD is so much smaller, less preserved, and provides no services to guests, at least when we visited.

While I understand that the Yap San Diego house may not have the same funding as Casa Gorordo, surely a photocopied info sheet could be included with the admission. Or at a minimum. signs to help visitors understand the significance of the items in the house.

That being said, I question the significance of many of the items. Every room is full of things, many arranged in strange ways (like a ceramic baby Jesus and a stack of abacuses sitting on an old chair). Some seem quite old, others much more modern. And there are no instructions requesting visitors refrain from touching the items or using the furniture. In fact, the majority of visitors appeared to be using the house as a backdrop for selfies, where they could sit in an antique chair by a window, or pretend to have afternoon tea with old dishes. From the people hawking souvenirs outside to the buskers inside. the house has more of a feeling of a tourist trap than a place designed with the history lover or cultural preservation in mind.

In short, if you are just looking for a place to take some photos, the Yap San Diego house will probably suit your needs. If you are looking to learn about the history and culture of Cebu, you should either do a lot of research beforehand. or better yet, go to Casa Gorordo instead of you are short on time. It's a real shame, as obviously, the time periods and cultural backgrounds represented by these two houses are quite different, but unless the Yap San Diego Ancestral House takes some steps to educate visitors, I can't really recommend it as a place to learn more about Cebu, at least on its own. If you have ample time, it's a decent add-on to Casa Gorordo, since it's so close by. I'd recommend asking if there are guides available. All the staff there did was take our money, no information was provided.
Written February 25, 2023
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loo c
belgium308 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House is a must-visit heritage site in Cebu City. It offers a glimpse into the traditional Chinese-Filipino lifestyle during the Spanish colonial period. The house is well-preserved and showcases traditional architecture, antique furniture, pottery, and artwork. The porcelain and ceramic plates on the walls are a highlight. Guided tours are available to visitors, and the house's rich history and cultural significance make it a worthwhile stop for history and architecture buffs alike. The location in the Parian district adds to the charm of the attraction.
Written February 19, 2023
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Czar Emmanuel
Manila, Philippines9,649 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
This ancestral house dating back to the 17th century is one of the main tourist attractions in Cebu City. It is located in the old Parian district of the city and is a silent witness to many historical events of the Filipino people. Inside you'll find lots of antiques. The house has two floors. The second floor is particularly interesting because of its old rooms (bedrooms, dining room, sala, etc.). Visiting this place is like travelling back in time. It is best to have a tour guide to explain to you the house's history, architecture, and the way people lived during that time.
Written February 12, 2023
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Oscardog16
Adelaide, Australia1,894 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
The ground floor reeked of urine. They had 2 toilets for public use but they stunk and it wafted all though the house. Upstairs was just a collection of crockery and furniture. The displays exhibited no historical significance. Much lace to do about nothing. If you bother to go in that is what you will see, lace adorning the tables, the window frames and the door arches. This is once you dodge the street hawkers that will not accept no for an answer. Not a place that is worth a stop.
Written January 10, 2023
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Paz S
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
I visited this place in 2018 with my significant other and my daughter. The vibe was okay until we stepped into one of the bedroom. I think the house was haunted. It felt like we were not welcome in that room. I couldn’t breathe and felt uneasy, so we left.
Written January 10, 2023
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