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The Ruins, Talisay

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Architectural Building Tourist Spot
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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  • A very interesting place to visit and taking selfies The best time to visit is sunset so you can experience when it's day light and night. A very worthy visit.  more »
  • I've been there with my girlfriend and friends, and it offers good options for who wants to stay the whole day with family. The souvenir shop is very good, with several kinds of items. They also have ...  more »
  • I loved exploring this historic building. Dubbed to be the Taj Mahal of the Philippines the Ruins was constructed to immortalize a man's love for his wife who died of childbirth. The structure itself ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.