The Ruins

The mansion of Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson or more known as The Ruins is located in Talisay City, Negros Occidental.  This grand structure spoke of the lifestyle of the hacienderos before.  This was burnt by the USAFFE during the early part of the world war II to prevent Japanese forces from utilizing this as their headquarters.  But, thanks to the high quality concrete mix and over-sized steels used in the construction, the structure “skeleton” still stands and withstood the ravages of time and weather.  Today, the Ruins is beautifully landscaped and surrounded by well manicured garden.  It has a mini golf course, restaurants and holds events such as weddings, debuts and any other occasions.  The place has a romantic ambiance that it is a sure hit for pre-nuptial photo shoot venue.

I visited the place twice.  The first time was when my friend told me that we should drop by there and take pictures before proceeding to the church (We are suppose to attend a friend’s wedding).  She further entice us that the place is so romantic and since we are dressed up it would be more cute…..So off we go.  Anyway it is only roughly 15 minutes away from the city.  Thus, we pretend that we are in a photo shoot of a magazine(let us be please).

The following day, I visit the place again.  This time in a touristy mood.  We roam around the place and chat with some staff.  The good thing about being friendly with the staff is that they will kindly offer to tour  you around and point you the best place to take pictures.  Good karma right.  Thus, on my second visit, one of the friendly Ruin staff offered to be our official photographer-director and guide.  We are so amazed with him.  He is easy to talk and armed with lots of humor. And whats best is that he took good pictures.

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So the next time you are in Bacolod or you are going to Bacolod, do not forget to visit the Ruins.

How to get there: Just tell the cab you are going to Ruins, they are open from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM. Their website is Telephone number is (+63 34) 476-4334.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. M. Williams
    Jun 29, 2014 @ 17:23:50

    Thank you for sharing! The first time I saw pictures of this wonderful building was on facebook. Even in its current state, this is still a beautiful building and full of history and charm. Next time I am in the Philippines I will definitely visit this place!


    • Cheanne's World
      Jul 02, 2014 @ 14:03:40

      Yes you should. There are many beautiful places to visit in Bacolod and Negros Area. You can even make this as your side trip if you plan to visit Guimaras or Boracay.


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