travelgrove Reviews
 

My tour in Yap-Sandiego, Cebu, Cebu City, Philippines

 
    Cebu City's map
ultimatetravel's pictureby ultimatetravel review
added on 16th of May, 2009

My students and I waited for a few minutes for the tour guide whose name is Mr. Val San Diego, the owner of the house himself. While waiting for him, the guy who was sort of a caretaker (a relative perhaps) there told us to sign up the guest book. He even told us that one of the best singers in the Philippines, Christian Bautista came by the house to visit. So we were intrigued, as we scan along the pages of the guest book we never saw his name, what we saw is the different names of people who have visited the house I saw people from Australia, Korea, etc. There were some sorts of people there who signed up.

My students signed up the guest book. Then, minutes after I have heard that guy was talking on the phone, he was telling the person over the phone that there are 11 students who are on tour who would like to see the house, etc. The guy told me that the owner can't come and he will be the one to tour us around. He said to me that he thought I would call before we come. Now, I know why he wanted me to call so that the owner can prepare and be there when we arrived. I talked to this caretaker the day before, yet it did not popped up to my mind regarding call him before we come.

Oh well, he explained as much as he could about the house. What he explained to us first are the four paintings mounted on the wall.

As what I can remember there was a painting of the Yap-San Diego Ancestral Home, the San Juan Bautista Church whose picture looked some sort of destroyed (if I remember it right), the Old Colon Street with the different houses lining up.

He even show us the picture of the couple who are currently the owners of the house, Mr. Val San Diego and his Wife. Val, is the 10th generation of the Yap-San Diego Clan.

The guide even explained, back then the Yap-San Diego Clan are one of the richest family in Parian, and beside their house is the San Juan Bautista Church. The house is called as "bahay na bato" which means a house made of stones.

The ground floor, we definitely saw the stones and what the guide said made out of coral stones, there was no cement back then, what they used to stick the coral stones was purely egg white and that's about it. The posts inside the house was made out of Mahogany and a mixture of other trees, it was so sturdy and hard. The different pieces found inside the house (ground floor) were the original pieces from the clan.

We were even told that the house was once a boarding house, and it was in 2008 that Val converted it into a museum. Quite a young museum but with full of treasures and culture to offer.

We went upstairs, what we saw is an image of Mama Mary (i think it is made out of wood) decorated with flowers made out of fish scales. The guide said they just painted out the flowers. When you glance the flowers they don't look like fish scales but when you touch and take a closer look they are indeed fish scales.

We went to a room on the right side of Mama Mary, there was a room with a table, and other memorabilias of the family. Quite old and I was very scared to touched them, I don't want to ruin the antiques there. On the right side of the house we saw something covered with a curtain, we were scared to open it up it might be something scary. To our surprise it was the room of the family. The bed? Was centuries old as well as the style, cabinet etc. The modern stuff inside it was the refrigerator and the aircon and that's it. The floor was shaking when we moved faster.

The guide told us Val and his family slept every night inside that room. No wonder it has aircon and also he sleeps on the ground floor I forgot where though. After which we went out from the house and went to the garden. We saw a well there, he said that was the source of water for the family 15 feet deep but as of today they use the water for the plants alone.

The guide told us, when it's December they will light up lanterns outside and then if it's Chinese New Year they will dress up in Chinese costumes and have some dragon dance outside.

My students took some pictures along the way, when we were touring inside the house. It was all worth it my students felt a little scary, me as well since we were inside an old house and centuries old there might been some spirits living there. One student of mine asked the guide if there are spirits inside the house and he said there was nothing scary or spirits. It is just before the boarders who stayed inside the house open the windows quite small and when they see a shadow or something they will think of it as a white lady.

Judging by the house, and how guide narrate it all to us and even told us they are sleeping there every night, the Yap-San Diego Ancestral Home is not haunted at all. It looked like an ordinary house but with a Spanish style that is.

 

Things about Cebu City you may be interested in

Be the first who requests a site listing for this page.
 
 
A visit to Yap-San Diego Ancestral Home - overview

1. May 15, 2009 My tour in Yap-Sandiego, Cebu (Cebu City)
2. May 16, 2009 Yap-Sandiego, the treasure of Cebu (Cebu City)  (* 2)
3. May 16, 2009 Why to visit Yap-San Diego Ancestral Home (Cebu City)
4. May 16, 2009 A 'must see' in Cebu (Cebu City)

Start from beginning1 - 4          Journal overview


Read about Cebu City in our travel-guide
Centuries old house in CebuYap-Sandiego, the treasure of Cebu
 
 
 
guides

Recommended Cebu City Guide

Cebu City History

Don Legaspi and Fray Urdaneta arrived in town and ordered to built San Augustine Church which is now the most celebrated church: Basilica Minore del Santo Nino in honor of the miraculous child Jesus Senior Santo Nino. Every third Sunday of January Cebu celebrates the Sinulog Mardi gras which is flocked by tourists from all over the world. Cebu is bursting with first happenings. Aside from being the first Spanish hamlet and first crib of Christianity, it is also the oldest city in the country that has the oldest school University of San Carlos and the oldest lane, Colon Street. After more than three centuries of being under Spanish rule, a... Read more »

 
 
reviews

Recent reviews for Cebu City

Favorite attraction in Cebu - May 31, 2009, by ultimatetravel
Being newly weds has it's own ups and downs. All the loving, little arguments here and there made my marriage with my husband strong. One thing that I really admire about my husband is his ability to think outside the box. Instead of... Read more »

A 'must see' in Cebu - May 16, 2009, by ultimatetravel
This is a review of Yap-San Diego Ancestral Home. Place: It was situated in a very odd area, a street with full of concrete buildings and houses. The house is near to a busy street where jeepneys, cars, and taxis always pass through. House:... Read more »

Yap-Sandiego, the treasure of Cebu - May 16, 2009, by ultimatetravel
The Yap-San Diego Ancestral Home is referred to as "bahay na bato" which means a house made out of stone. Yes, the house was made out of stone but not just ordinary stone but "coral stones" and they used egg white to let... Read more »

The best beach in Cebu - May 31, 2009, by ultimatetravel
I was really dying for swimming in a blue, crystal clear water and white sand beach. I never had a chance to experience it where we currently live. The beaches here at our home have brown sand, and the water is not clean at all, it's a... Read more »

The best place in Cebu City - May 31, 2009, by ultimatetravel
Place Mountain top (which is the name that my husband gave to this place) is a quite place perfect for those who want peace and quite without the noise of the busy streets of the city, fresh air and a vast view of green trees, mountains, a... Read more »

 
 

More reviews you might be interested in

Weiltingen reviews - Germany
Weiltingen is a small town, as quiet as other villages in an area, where mostly farmers do their business. It lies at about 20 Kilometres away from...
Roman ruins in Weiltingen

Delhi reviews - India
Are you willing to get fascinated with the enthrallment of the nature then pack your bags for Khandala. Magnetic hills, capturing mountains,...
Best Khandala Hotel Deal with Instant and Assured Booking

 

Rome reviews - Italy
When I visited Rome I was impresed by the amount of historic sights and vestiges wich are present there. I've stayd there 5 days but I didn't had...
Attractions in Rome

Sorrento reviews - Italy
Nice little city, at least when you are in the area next to the sea. Usually it's the point where a lot of tourist go to, because the cruise lines...
What to eat in Sorrento

 

Siem Reap reviews - Cambodia
I woke up a bit dizzy from last night’s adventure and really had a hard time getting up. It’s always a pain when you are traveling with...
Traveling to Siem Reap, Cambodia

Rotterdam reviews - Netherlands
Rotterdam is a city in South Holland, Netherlands with a population of approximately 590 000 inhabitants in the city itself and 1 600 000...
What to know before you visit Rotterdam

 

Lima reviews - Peru
Brazil Brazil can be visited year round. Not all destinations however, since the south can get very humid in the summer months where you will...
Weather forecast for South America

Satu Mare reviews - Romania
Satu Mare is a small town in Romania, having almost 100.000 inhabitants. It is located in the north-western part of Romania, in Satu Mare County,...
All about Satu Mare

 

Grand Canyon Village reviews - Arizona
We left Page at around 7am to be sure that we would be at the Grand Canyon early enough. The drive there takes you past some beautifuly landscapes....
Visiting the Grand Canyon

Crested Butte reviews - Colorado
Crested Butte, just as its name suggests, is a secluded resort in southwest Colorado three miles from the town of Crested Butte. Its location in...
Relaxation and nature in Crested Butte, CO

 
 
 
   Welcome to Travelgrove  register tell a friend bookmark it 
 
 
*