Ever since I was a little girl, a certain old structure located in Zulueta St. never fail to catch my attention. Eyeing at it by the limited view in a jeepney's window, it looks like an old, unattended granary. But, I always know there is something wonderful inside that plain structure. Years pass by the curiousness within me just grew. It was only a year ago that I've found out that that granary looking is 200 year old Jesuit House in Cebu.
The Jesuit House in Cebu is now considered as one of the most prominent heritage houses in the Philippines. It is still debatable whether the house was built on 1730, but recent historical facts support that the house was built way before 1730.
An old map of Parian before.
website. You're welcome!
An old cart used by the house workers before.
This is the staircase leading to the back portion of the house.
I wanna swing.....
The house is pretty big. House like this is my type of house!
Carving in the wall above the main door of the house that indicates the year when the house was built. Año in Spanish means year, that means the house was built some time on the year 1730.
My tour guide then left to give me time to roam around the house and take photos. Of course, I wouldn't let the day pass by without checking out the dope bedrooms in the house!
Check out this beautiful antique bed!
Check out this beautiful antique bed!
Frames, furniture and other belongings from the respective owners of the house were displayed in the bedrooms.
By the way, if you are curious, yes, it's a little creepy roaming around the house alone especially in the bedroom area. Even though I went to the house in broad day light, the deafening silence of the house freaks me out a bit.
I don't know why but the antique things inside the house seem to have their own life with them making me feel like someone was with me the whole time while I was roaming around the house. Also, as you've noticed the photos aren't bright because it's really quite dim inside the bedrooms. It was only the light from the windows and the small lamp that gave light to the room. Moreover, there are so many mirrors in the room. Check out the photos below. Took them in the same room.
I really thought I was in a horror film and that time because he was also playing a very sad tune. And then he was like "hehehe" when he saw me. He might have noticed the fear in my face when I hurriedly rush outside the room.
The bride and the perfume.
A photo of a bride was also in the room. I love how dramatic this photo is. The bride also looks very beautiful and mysterious in her long gown. She must have looked ethereal on her wedding day. I wish they had her gown in the house, so It tried looking for it in the cabinets but the cabinets were empty so I guess it's lost with time.
The dining area of the house. So big, so elegant!
If you wish to visit the 280 year-old Jesuit House in Cebu, here are some relevant information for your future visit. I do hope you'll get to spend a great time in the place like I did.
1730 Jesuit House (Cebu) is located at Zulueta Street Parian, Cebu City, Philippines
You may reach the house' personnel with this number: 0935 998 4966
For the price of 50php (a dollar), you get the chance to visit the whole house/museum with a very informative tour guide who will accompany you.
I shall end this post with a brilliant from a brilliant piece in Philippine literature which I have recently read. here it goes:
"A Filipino is one who is distinguished not only by one’s knowledge of the
world’s progress but also and more importantly by one’s understanding of one’s race,
people and country – the ideals and morals that are cherished herein. How can a
Filipino claim to call himself educated when he has conquered the world yet he is
ignorant of his own culture and origin?"
- What Is An Educated Filipino? by Francisco Benitez