Monday, February 23, 2015

Cebu 2015 Day 1: Sandiego-Yap Ancestral House and Cebu Heritage Monument

After having our lunch, we went to Sandiego-Yap Ancestral House in Parian District of Cebu. 

There are English-speaking tour guides in the house. They explain well and are willing to take your pictures when you're there. With matching, "Dito po so you'll look like you're inside a picture frame."

I don't have a lot of pictures because this house is already more than 300 years old. It was said that this house was built in the 17th century and being the paranoid that I am, I was scared that someone would show up in one of the pictures I'll be taking so I didn't take that risk. hahahahahaha.

I enjoy walking around places like this even if I get scared sometimes by what's inside because these places give you a glimpse of the past. 

 It's also worth noting that a lot of infrastructures in Cebu, even those newly-built, show damage from the destructive earthquake that struck the city last 2013 yet this house has no great damage - it was said that it's still 95% original and the oldest existing Chinese house outside China. 
There are a lot of religious artifacts, plates, glasswares, paintings etc.
For residents of Luzon who can't go to Cebu yet, there's also a museum with vast collection in Villa Escudero Plantation and Resort, Tiaong, Quezon. 

Also unlike Crisologo Museum in Ilocos, the descendants of Sandiego-Yap still sleep there over the weekends.
Roof of the house is made from clay.

So this ends the series of pictures I took from "Balay nga Bato ug Kahoy" which translates to "House of Wood and Stones".
Near Sandiego-Yap Acestral House, you can find Cebu Heritage Monument.

It depicts the most important events that had happened in Cebu and is a work of Eduardo Castrillo, a national artist.


P.S. When we were in Cebu, Parian District is defined as the home of the residences of the most prominent families there during the Spanish period. Then, as I was watching a documentary of Binondo the other night, I found out that there's also a parian in Manila. Turns out that there are a lot of Parians in the Philippines. During the Spanish colonial period, the authorities believed that ethnic groups should be segregated and for Chinese Merchants the Parian was where they lived. (or maybe the story wasn't really like this pero halos 'yan 'yung idea.)

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