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Casa Gorordo Museum

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Trips and tours are always ideal to recharge the body that is why most heritage sites and tourist spots in the Philippines are preserved so we can enjoy what history has to offer.

One such historical site that you need to visit is the Casa Gorordo Museum. <<<insert a>>>

This museum is probably one of the best preserved wood-and-stone house that is typical during the Spanish era architecture in the Philippines. It is once home to four generations of the Gorordo family.

It was originally a two-story house built in the mid-19th century in the historic Parian district of Cebu City. The Parian district was once the most esteemed and prestigious section of the city and it was also home to the most prominent families in Cebu.

During the Spanish colonial era, Alejandro Reynes y Rosales built the house. It was later bought in 1863 by Juan Isidro De Gorordo, a Spanish merchant.

The house was then bought in 1980 by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) under its Cultural Heritage Program. It was opened as a museum in 1983. The National Historical Institute declared the house as a National Historical Landmark in 1991. It serves as the foundation’s way to promote the conservation of cultural heritage and the appreciation of local history. <<<insert b, c, d>>>

“Bahay na bato” <<<insert e, f, g>>> as it was locally called is built with coral stone blocks and terra-cotta roof tiles. Inside the house are myriad displays of elaborate antique furniture, 18th to 19th century household implements, Spanish period costumes, religious images, paintings, wood carvings, and decorative art. There are also gifts and souvenir items for those who want to have keepsakes of the tour. <<<insert h, I, j, k>>>

The Casa Gorordo Museum is visited by thousands of local and foreign tourists every year. Don’t get left behind in knowing the roots of Cebu. The museum is located at No. 35 Lopez Jaena Street, Barangay Parian, Cebu City. It is open to the public from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. It is however closed on Mondays and holidays. Entrance admission rates for foreign tourists are PhP70 for adults and PhP50 for students while local tourists pay PhP40 for adults, PhP15 pesos for college and high school students, and PhP10 for elementary students. <<<insert m>>>

One can easily get there by riding a taxi cab. If you wish to ride a jeepney from SM City Cebu or Ayala Center Cebu, look for the jeepney signboard COLON and drop off at Pari-an Fire Station. From there, you can walk and see the Cebu Heritage, Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House and Casa Gorordo.

You will not only revel on the historic implements but you will also acquire knowledge on Cebu’s heritage, history, and culture. The Casa Gorordo Museum offers educational tours as well as awareness raising activities like history lecture series and art exhibits showcasing Cebuano artists. <<<insert l>>>

Take that much-awaited trip now to Casa Gorordo Museum!

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