One of the historical structures I always look for when travelling are ancient houses. I wasn't able to see Spanish and post war ancestral houses in the Island of Siquijor but I found one old house that has been there for more than a hundred years. The Cang-Isok House is another historical attraction in the island. It is a century-old house built on stilts that stands strong on the shore of the Brgy. Libo in the town of Enrique Villanueva.
Considered as the oldest surviving house in the province of Siquijor, it was built in the mid 1800s. Made from indigenous materials such as bamboo, nipa sheets and hardwood (“tugas” and “molave”) that made it sturdy and tough. It is so fascinating to see how it has withstood ravages brought about by time and nature.
I just hope that the local government will support in helping to preserve the house before it crumple.
This is part of our tour around the island of Siquijor. For transportation and guide, you may contact JOAM at 0927-6932095. He knows where to bring you and tells a lot of stories on the places that you go. Standard rate is PHP 850. A highly recommended guide in Siquijor!
This is part of my adventures in the provinces of Siquijor and Negros Oriental that happened last November 20-22, 2011 with my MBA friends, Clarice and Marvin. Siquijor is the 48th province on my list. Join us as we discover the majestic and enchanting “island of fire” that is distinctively Siquijor.
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