Casa Gorordo Museum History

The Casa Gorordo Museum is a 19th century lifestyle museum and the centerpiece project of the Cultural Heritage Program of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. The house itself was built in the 1850's and originally owned by the Alejandro Reynes y Rosales. It was bought by Juan Isidro Gorordo, a Spanish merchant, in 1863. Four generations of the Gorordo family have lived in this house including Bishop Juan
Gorordo, the first Filipino bishop.

The girth of the structure is evidence by the massive stone walls in the lower portion of the house. Made of coral, there are good protection from the fire and typhoons. Huge posts of molave (tugas) extend from the basement to support the clay tile roof. Wide windows with sliding panels are fitted with translucent capiz shells.

After it was acquired by RAFI, the houes was firts renovated between 1980 and 1981. It was officially opened to the public on December 15,1983. In 2005, a major second renovation was undertaken to replace aging elements. In recognition of the historical and social significance of the house, the National Historical Institute (NHI) conferred on the Casa Gorordo Museum the title "National Landmark" in 1991.

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (RAFI) was established in 1966. Beginning purely as a charitable institution, it grew and developed programs which aimed to improve lives in various sectors of society. The Cultural Heritage Program of RAFI seeks to conserve, preserve, document and develop the Cebuano cultural heritage as a source for Cebuano social history, and identify and tap these heritage resources for the benefit of the community.


  1. Manuela Chesska says

    is it still there? is it still open for the public?

    Unknown says

    Jxoze: Yes, Casa Gorordo Museum is still open on Tuesdays to Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm. On some holidays you may join special events they have organized

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