The Ruins, Talisay

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A haunting frame of a once majestic mansion, The Ruins stands as a testament to one man’s love. Built in the early 20th century by Negrense sugar baron Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson, the property honors the memory of his deceased wife and mother to his 12 children. Lying at the heart of a 440 ha (1,087.3 ac) farm, the mansion was later set on fire during World War II in a bid to prevent Japanese forces utilizing the site. Today, see the remains of the fire: the Italianate columns alluding to what was once a two-story, 10-bedroom home. Look for the couple's initials, carved above the stone arches. An onsite restaurant provides a scenic spot in which to sit and admire the property. Plan to visit The Ruins and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Talisay attractions using our Talisay vacation trip planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    I dont easily get impressed, but this blew me away! I strongly recommend you to go there at the evening as thats when the place comes to live!  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    I was wondering what the ruins meant when my friends told me we were going there and then when i saw the mansion,poof! I was mesmerized by its structure..it is a plus that we went there at night, i ap...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    To get to the ruins: From Bacolod, ride a northbound jeep and get down before the pepsi factory for P7. then ride a tricycle to the ruins for P50 per person. Entrance fee is P150.00/person and you get...  more »
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  • June 30, 2017
    Love not only what is left of what was once a testament of a great love story but also how eeringly beautiful it still is. Best photos are at night when it is in its full lighted glory. Make sure you get the services of the tour guide. He makes any visit super worth it.
  • June 15, 2017
    Popular tourist attraction but nothing absolutely spectacular about it. The other heritage houses in Bago, Talisay and Bacolod are much better historical fabrics of Negros history and deserve more attention. The guided tours are fun and probably the only redeeming factor. Aside from the ruins of the house itself, the rest of the site is a new fabricated attraction. The iconic shot of the reflection of the ruins is not on the water but a small piece of glass on a small table. Don't be fooled by this.
  • June 14, 2017
    The place is a good tourist attraction rather than a nostalgic ancestral home. Lightings are very nice at night. An entertainment cafe with live singers is a big plus for me. Great experience!
  • June 20, 2017
    Best time to go is right before sunset. Watch how the skyline has a magical effect on the structure as it change from bright orange to purple then you'd witness the soft glow of globe lamps light the building up.
  • June 23, 2017
    The place is beautiful but I feel like 100 is too steep an entrance fee to see the Ruins. I understand that it is a piece of history and a landmark but I didn't find it particularly impressive.

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