There are some people who love to watch classic movies, movies that share a story about years ago, before we’re even born. The time when there’s no sports car, no iPad, no mobile phones, and satisfied with the simple living.
I got the chance to visit the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House few weeks ago together with some tourists in a tour provided by Cebu Trip Tours, a travel agency in Cebu. It is a very old house where the family have opened their doors to see the antique items and of course the whole house.
The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral HouseThe Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House is one of the oldest residential house within Cebu City in Cebu Philippines, that I would also like to consider a museum since they also have these precious and historic items that I believe we just seldom see these days.
The family still visits and sleeps in this old and historic house every weekend and still making use of their old bed, cabinet, plates, and even their old doll. I’ve been passing by in this house for years and never thought it was open for public viewing, and I was pretty amazed on how they’re able to keep these items and preserve it without prohibiting people from touching it – yes, you read it right. You can touch the items and take a picture of the house even with your camera flash.
Check out some photos that I took in the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House with my DSLR. The attendant there is also so helpful that he volunteered to take photos of me and my older sister, and other tourists so they could also have a photo in the house and also, he suggest some areas where we can take photos of us with a great looking shot.
Please feel free to browse the photos above, just click on any of the photos and they’re supposedly to appear on the top with the caption that I have for you.
Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House ExperienceI’ve seen the house outside for years, since I pass by this house everyday way back in college. So that day was my first time that I was able to get a peak of what’s inside the house.
As you can see from the photos above, the house is pretty simple and it make me feel so excited to go inside because I love to see what’s way back then. After I signed the book (they keep a record who visited the place), I was amazed of the paintings, seats, tables and they even keep the floor as is (no cement, just rocks).
When you go upstairs, that’s where I creep out a bit (hey! The stairs is old and I’m overweight. I don’t want to do some damages. Lol) but the view is amazing. Simple but amazing. I even sat on a chair and the tour guide told me that it’s where (we) girls sit down and deliver a baby (so I stand up immediately).
I also have a look of the room where the family still sleep, and that really creeps me out. I then remember these Philippine horror movies, and I don’t want to assume but it really feels like they’ve shoot some scenes here – but I believe that didn’t happened yet. I swear, I didn’t even enter the room even though the tour guide told me it’s okay.
Also, take a look at the photo I took of the old doll, that old doll scares me a lot. I imagine the Chucky movie and seems like she’s looking at me and telling me “HUG ME!”.
Anyway, I don’t want to scare you guys but other than that, the place is pretty great. Don’t forget to visit the garden that they have, it’s so nice there.
Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House LocationThere are a lot of people who doesn’t know where this house is located, even people like me who have been living in Cebu for years. So to help you out, here’s a map to the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House.
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155 Mabini St. Parian,
Cebu City 6000,
If you’re planning to visit the Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House, I believe there’s no need to book and reserve a visit, you could just easily go there and experience the old life through this beautiful and simple house.