History and Culture

Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House: Experience the Glorious Past of Parian District


Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | Oct 14, 2015

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.

Aside from its aesthetic features, the house is a standing proof of a God-centric home, a house built with faith and devotion of a Cebuano’s family.

The Yap Sandiego Ancestral House is located 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.

(All photos courtesy of ABS-CBN Cebu)

How to Get There:

From Manila, you can fly to Cebu (estimated cost of Php3,000++, round trip, 45 minutes). And from the Cebu Airport, you will need to hire a cab to go to the city proper or to your destination.

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. The Yap Sandiego Ancestral House is located 155-Lopez Jaena corner Mabini St., 6000 Parian, Cebu City just across Cebu’s Heritage Monument.

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