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“A Real Treasure”
Review of 1730 Jesuit House

1730 Jesuit House
Ranked #16 of 121 things to do in Cebu City
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Reviewed 7 June 2013

I never realized that within a concrete building (Ho Tong Hardware) in old Zulueta Street is a treasure chest worth discovering..an 18th century "balay nga bato" (stone house) which used to be the residence of the Jesuits in Cebu...The house gives you a quick glimpse of the lifestyle of the "ilustrado" during the Spanish Period in this Chinese quarter ("Pari-an District" ) right close to Calle Colon , the oldest street in the Philippines.....the size of the houses (there are actually two connected by a bridge), the items, the setting, the ambiance all speak of affluence yet simplicity during those colonial times.....I use to live in an old Spanish-style house in my childhood and visiting the place reminded me of the times when life was not as complicated as now....the place is a real cultural treasure

3  Thank csaramir
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Reviewed 29 April 2013 via mobile

Located within another building, at the back of a car garage/warehouse, it is difficult to find. I dare say many prospective visitors turn up at the front and think "this can't be it". Hopefully some will read this review and continue :-)

The attraction is modest - 15 minutes is all you need - but the price reflects that. The structure of the building is intriguing and is being very tidily restored. The premises generally are kept very clean too.

The staff/guides are friendly and informative. Not overbearing, but chat as you go around.

Most impressively, this is all being done by way of private investment. It would undoubtedly be more profitable to use the property for the car/storage purpose (as it used to be) so it is to the credit of the owners that they put their personal wealth towards preservation of something historic.

It compares favourably to other similar (but better marketed) attractions in Cebu (one on the same road), so I'd recommend a visit to anybody visiting the city.

5  Thank PeterJohnCotton
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Reviewed 24 March 2013

The Jesuit House of 1730 is also called Museo Parian sa Sugbo. Its only a few years old and its discovery is quite interesting as being discussed by the assigned tour guide inside the Museum itself. Some parts of the building have been slightly renovated but a lot of historical items are well kept.
Finding the museum is a bit of a challenge as the signage is quite high, thus hard to see while inside the taxi. The most tricky part is, its entry is a big warehouse of metal and electronic stuff.You have to walk past the warehouse before reaching the museum. The whole area is a warehouse until the owner discovered theres history hidden inside the whole building. So he decided to look into it..dug the ground and found a few interesting information and thus the discovery that the place used to be the Jesuit House of 1730.
Anyway, it is highly recommended while in Cebu. Entry fee is only Ph50.00.

3  Thank Veneez
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Reviewed 23 March 2013

i like everything old to think that this house has been built since 1730 is amazing. there's an entrance fee. you get a tour guide but we didn't like it that much because it seems that the tour guide is in a hurry... i mean really in a hurry, we didn't read much of what was shown there and didn't take a lot of photo because she was just there staring, feeling bored while touring us. she tells us a photo of these and that and jumps to another room. wahhhhhhh annoying lang.

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Reviewed 13 March 2013

Note ... this is now known as Museo Parian sa Sugbo.

At the end of a decent city tour in Cebu, we finished with what we thought would be a 10 minute "pop-in-pop-out" visit of the Jesuit House. We were only stopping since my partner attended a Jesuit school. But .. wow ... what a treat. This was probably the best part of our Cebu tour.
~PHP$100 (USD$2.40) for entrance, not bad at all.

We were met by a local architect who is working at the excavation site, who proceeded to give us a tour. For nearly 1 hour, we were brought through the history of Cebu, and the Philippines, in an amazing display of art and artifacts. More importantly, were the teachings and displays of the history of the Parian settlement in Cebu ... the area surrounding Colon Street; the Jesuit House; the Yap-Sandiego house; and the Casa Gorordo (all worthy visits) and what an integral role that area played in the formation of a modern Philippines.
Every day, they excavate and find more treasures ... learn more of the way life was ... and shed light on the mysteries of the Cebuano way of life.
We were in awe of this wondrous place. We urge anyone who is in Cebu to visit. You won't be disappointed.

4  Thank VancouverAzzurri
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