The structure is the Jesuit House or the Museo de Parian, which is nearly 300 years old. While a plaque showing the year 1730 can be found in the structure, some experts think the place was built before 1730 basing on some evidence collected in the area by architects and historians.
One piece of evidence that hinted the age of the house was a coin found buried in one post of the original house was dated to the Ming dynasty. It gives an idea that the house went through a number of transformations and its first owner may have been Chinese. It can be recalled that the Chinese were among the early settlers in the area.
Records unearthed by American historian Michael Cullinane show that the earliest owner of the house was the Villa family. The family was a Chinese mestizo principalia, who gave the house to the Jesuits in 1880. But this claim was questioned by the current owner of the house, Jaime Sy. He said the house was already in the possession of the Jesuits even before 1880 as indicated on the seals one the house as well as the legend “1730.”
The Jesuit House served as the home of the second highest official of the Jesuits in the Philippines. It was also the place where Jesuit priests and deacons would stay when they go or come from other provinces in the country. The house was in the possession of the Jesuits before they were expelled from the Philippines in 1768.
Since the Jesuit House or Museo de Parian is located in Parian, you need to ride a jeepney going to the area. You should get off at the Heritage Monument of Cebu since the museum is located a few steps from here. Just go to Zulueta Street, the museum is located on the left side of the road if you are coming from the Heritage Monument. Look for the sign showing 1730 Jesuit House. If you are taking a taxi, tell the driver to take you to the Parian fire station, which is right behind the Heritage Monument.