The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House in Parian District of Cebu City is one of the oldest existing structural residential houses in the Philippines. It was constructed out of coral stones and woods, by a family of Chinese merchants sometime in the late 17th century. History tells that Parian was a busy barangay and the community houses were commonly designed with a second storey. To date, this “Balay nga Bato ug Kahoy” (house of wood and stones) stands still despite wrecks and fate of time at the corner of Mabini and Lopez-Jaena streets in Cebu City.


The house never had a major makeover. As a matter of fact, the house’s roof and wall were 95% original. It was also believed that this particular old landmark was the oldest existing Chinese house outside China. By the way, Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House is just a few steps from the Heritage of Cebu Monument and a few more ones to the Colon Obelisk Marker. In less than a minute, you can actually go to Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House from the tip of the oldest street in the Philippines.

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