Situated in a quiet residential area in the middle of Cebu city, is portal into the past. This national historical landmark is called Casa Gorordo. It was home to four generations of the Gorordos, before the house was acquired and renovated by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, and opened to the public in 1983.
Natural materials of shell, wood, and stone that are abundant in the Philippines were utilized to build the house in the 1850’s. The lower floor walls are built of Mactan coral stone that can withstand typhoons, and serve as a firewall. Wooden pegs hold together the Philippine hardwood material that make up the upper floor. Translucent Capiz shells fitted together create an interesting pattern on the sliding window panels. As with most Spanish colonial structures in the Philippines, the Gorordo Museum is an architectural masterpiece – an evolution of design made for strength and beauty.
Traditional celebrations of the Gorordos continue to be observed in the Gorordo Museum . On these holy days, the family’s priceless antiques are showcased. One of the of the most popular is the ‘Belen sa Casa Gorordo’. It is a collection of 19th century figurines that tell the story of the birth of Christ.
To view Casa Gorordo and celebrate with its tradition is absolutely a surreal experience, and worth the trip. The Museum is located at No.35 Lopez Jaena, Cebu City, and open on Tuesdays to Sundays from 9 p.m.to 5 p.m. For more information call Casa Gorordo at (032) 255 5645.