Live in the Past by Dining at the Oldest Ancestral House

Known as the oldest Chinese house outside China, get a chance to live in the past by dining at Yap-San Diego Ancestral House.

On September 11, I got a chance to join the Bisita sa Parian, an event organized by Cebu City Tourism Commission.

Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House

The Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House was believed to be the oldest Chinese house outside China. Built in 1675, this ancestral house turn museum is also known as “Bahay na Bato.” The ground floor is made of coral stones while the 2nd floor is made of wood.

Old paintings, portraits, and jars are noticeable at the ground floor or “silong” in Visayan language.

Trivia: Before the settlement, there’s already a civilization in Brgy. Parian. It was the center of Chinese trade. Gold was exchanged for porcelains, pottery, pearls and other stuff.

Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House

One of the highlights of the night is the dinner in at the luxurious garden of the Yap-San Diego Ancestral House. They served lechon [roast pig] from Car Car City along with siomai, and chicharon.

Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House

And as the night progresses, the talented San Diego dancers entertained the visitors by performing folk dances right in front of the ancestral house.

In between the performances, Val Sandiego announces that the ancestral house is open from 9am -12 mn which they will serve Lechon [roast pig] from Car Car City EVERY DAY.

Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House

So, I suggest that you ditch the lechon house that you’re planning to visit and go to Yap-San Diego Ancestral House and have a taste of Cebuano culture.

For reservations, call (032) 253-5568.

[Photo source: Rabbi Fernan]

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