Cang-Isok House

Header Image by: Enrico Dee of Byahilo

People travel for a lot reasons and when they do, beaches and nature trips are on top of the list. But in every trip, there lies a difference—and that would be having an actual account of your history. Yes, visits to old laces can be fascinating.

One of the historical structures found in a traveller’s list is ancient houses. Philippines boasts of such and they can be found in many cities or their suburbs. Among the many, lies the impressive Cang-Isok House, a 200 year old house located along the coastline of Siquijor Island.


Enrique Villanueva, Siquijor


The Cang-Isok house is three-kilometer drive from the town of Siquijor. An effective way to get to Siquijor would be to take a plane from Manila to Dumaguete and then take a ferry to the island itself. In 45 minutes, you arrive at the place. Now, you have the option to rent a tricycle (Php 900-1000), a mulitcab (Php 1500), or a motorbike (Php200-300) to take you to the Cang-Isok Village and the attraction.


One can feed his curiosity of the house for free when you pass by the coastline of Brgy. Libo, Enrique Villanueva. History recounts Cang-isok’s existence when it was built in the mid 1800s. It is also called the “Tejano House”, after a Spanish man Mariano Tejano who built it. It came to be known as “Cang-isok” since it’s located in the seaside village of Cang-isok itself. In most times though, the house remains closed but locals say that the new generations of the Tejanos who reside a few kilometres from here continue to preserve it.

Image by: Dennis Villegas

Many people who come to the place enjoy sight seeing. Who wouldn’t? It is so refreshing to stand in front of the shore, listen to the sound of the waves and the changing wind. Most of all, it is fulfilling to look at a house that has witnessed history unfold in the years that have passed.

One can just imagine, how many years Cang-Isok stood the ravages brought about by time and nature. Local hard woods of best quality such as “tugas” and “molave”, good types of local wood, definitely provides for a solid foundation. The nipa sheets lined over the other, give the house a natural touch. Cang-isok was designed to have stilt posts, elevating the house a few meters atop the ground, just as history tells that Philippine ancestors need to elevate houses to protect the household from wild animals.

But the house isn’t only rich of physical strength, it is also rich in mysteries that locals have observed and experienced through time. During the dark, they believe to have seen ghosts in the house. They also tell of bright eyes that lit the window cracks. We all know ghosts fall in love with empty houses but that doesn’t diminish the beauty the house brings. Whether you come to visit early in the day or later, a simple look at Cang-isok will surely make you want to add it to your list of great ancient houses that delighted your travels.

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Image Credits:

Dennis Villegas

Enrico Dee


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