Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Casa Gorordo Museum in Cebu City

Casa Gorordo Museum, is an archaic 19th century lifestyle museum as well as a featured project of cultural heritage program of Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI) in the beautiful island of Cebu City, Philipines. This Filipino culture riched house was constructed late back 1950's. This historical and ancestral Casa (house) is located in the downtown area specifically at 35 Lopez Jaena street Cebu, City just meters away from the Yap- San Diego Ancestral House. Primitively, Casa Gorordo is owned by Alejandro Reynes Y. Rosales. Then, in the year 1863, Juan Isidro Gorordo, who is a spanish merchant, bought the house. There are four generations from the Gorordo family who lived in this Casa and that includes the first Filipino bishop, Bishop Juan Gorordo.

The house was first revamped between 1980 and 1981. It was then open to the public in December 15, 1983 as a historical museum to let the tourists perceive the 19th century lifestyle of the Philippines. In year 2005, there was a second major revamping of the Casa to replace some aging elements. With this major revamping, it attracted more tourist most especially foreigners from around the world.

The interior of the house especially at the ground level is where art exhibitions take place. To enliven the tourists or guests, there is an enhanced, upgraded and interactive side of the exhibits already available. One of the features of the new and improved museum is the Vir­tual Tour Guide application or the "eGuide,". This application offers conve­nient learn­ing, giving spe­cific infor­ma­tion about the house. Guests only need to scan the QR codes to pleasure themselves with the contents from the eGuide. Another feature in the lower ground level is the large HD TV format and it has an in­ter­ac­tive 3D map of the old Cebu City. The map can be viewed in four phases, in the year 1614, 1870, 1920 and 1945. In each year, the map shows the landscape and the buildings in the area dur­ing a particu­lar pe­riod and how they might have looked like.
Giving more context to the ex­hibits, so­cial life dio­ra­mas and 3D - element photographs of­fer views of the different ac­tiv­i­ties in 20th-cen­tury in Cebu city. At the second level of the house is where we can find some memorabilia, costumes and historical books. There is a room called "Noteworthy" in which this is the master's bedroom displaying the "sayas" collection. Another small room that was used as a chapel whenever Bishop Juan Gorordo visits the house back then can also be seen. Inside the chapel, there is a display of “pasyon”, a manuscript in Cebuano. One of the greatest experience this house can offer is to witness the bonafide and antique furnitures, religious relics, paintings and the gratifying environtment.
This is the best place for those who love to travel and those who love to discover about the Filipino culture. Casa Gorordo is definitely one of the must visit place in the heart of Cebu city. It is one of the small museums that manifests the lifestyle back in the 19th century. Having a tour in this historical Casa, there are also tour guides that can accompany guests during the visit. The tourist guides are very buoyant and are erudite in which guests are free to ask questions about the house. Casa Gorordo opens from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tues­days to Sun­days. There is an admission fee of 70 Php for foreigners, 40 Php for adults (locals) and 15 Php for students (locals).
How to get there? It is so easy. One can easily get to this historical museum by either a private car, public transportation (taxi) or van rentals. But there are no PUJ (Public Utility Jeepney) that passes by the museum. Instead, when you ride a jeepney, you can ask a local or the jeepney driver if that certain jeepney passes near the Casa Gorordo museum or the San Diego ancestral house. From San Diego ancestral house, you can just walk a few meters to reach Casa Gorordo. The regular jeepney fare is 7 Php. There are no problems when riding a taxi or a rented van because for sure, the taxi driver or the rent a van driver knows the place but if not, you can also give the address to the driver. I highly recommend JLC Trading Van Rentals for your rental needs. JLC Trading is the best and affordable van rental in Cebu City. Van rental for one day city tour would cost you 3,500 Php for 8hours use including gas and driver. Van can accommodate maximum of 14 person. For the regular rate for taxi, it starts at P40.00 for the flag-down rate, P3.50 for every succeeding 500 meters and P3.50 for the waiting time per 90 seconds.
Tips for an enjoyable and great experience when visiting Casa Gorordo museum is never to forget to bring a camera or a smart phone (preferably to update it instantly on social media) to capture your experience in the historic and unforgettable place. There is no specific dress code in this small historic museum so wear anything comfortable. For the food, there is a small store at the lower ground level with a good coffee and a satisfactory snacks. But, there are also small local restaurants (or carenderia in filipino language) nearby for a cheap yet indulging meal. The best time to visit Casa Gorordo is during the event "Gabii sa Kabilin" or the "Night of the heritage". This event usually takes place in the month of May and it introduces other historical sites in Cebu. The event starts at 6pm till midnight and during this event, it will also allow everyone to witness cultural dances and stage plays. Last year, they celebrated the 10th year of the " Gabii sa kabilin". And for the last tip, just have fun discovering the historic and unforgettable Casa Gororos museum.


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