SIQUIJOR TOURIST SPOTS: Cang-Isok House, The Oldest Surviving House in Siquijor

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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  1. No way that survived for over a century. I know bamboo is the most resilient grass out there... but really? That might be haunted.

  2. i love the house, it looks so native and natural. I agree they should do a maintenance for that. enjoy your trip!

  3. government should do something to preserve houses like that! heir so beautiful! remembering how they survived the old days! xx

  4. place that surely enjoy to hang out with

  5. That is so cool... and you're right, local government should help preserve this old house.

  6. Wow. Have never been to Siquijor. It's in my wish list.

    Huh? That house has been there for over 100 years? How cool is that?

  7. galing naman...na- preserve nila.

  8. Amazing! Imagine it's near the sea pa. As simple as this can be so cool.

  9. great post with quite scary old pics but it's good to see such aged house that survived over the years.

  10. I didn't know that bamboo would withstand the test of time. But I am confident about tugas and molave, being hard wood, to be able to survive a century. Galing!

  11. Ang tatag naman nung bahay! Astig!

  12. Your blog is effing cool.

    Which province do you plan to conquer next?

  13. maybe, ask my children their experience when they went there for a vacation. ilang bagyo na ang dumaan, nakatayo pa rin, kaya maraming nagsabi na may ibang nakatira. why don't you go visit the place and tell me if it is haunted.


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