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 a Talisay trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • The place was really nice, the last time I went there, they have a live band performing classic music <3 The place was also really good for photo shoot.  more »
  • with the warmest welcome we have with our guide Mr. Laksoon, the history of the Ruins was clearly and inspiringly unique on how he delivered the story of the Lacson family. Actually utsnmy second time...  more »
  • The most romantic historical tour in Negros Occidental is the Ruins in Talisay, of a love preserved through tumultuous years by Don Mariano Lacson who built the neo-Romanesque architectural mansion fo...  more »
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  • It was supposed to be just about the destroyed mansion. You wouldn't see anything other than that but the story behind it is something to behold and to hear it from the lively storyteller who would be narrating it. What the place lack in facets, the tour guide makes up for in passion and hospitality. He usually chooses a group to bring around the place and be their photographer during its bout.
  • The ruins draws crowds for its' picture worthiness and a bit of romanticism. Their guides Mars and Roger take turns telling stories and anecdotes to make it interesting. There is a coffee shop on the grounds. On the back is a huge lawn and garden which is the entrance gate area. The ground is covered with ground grass but is damp and muddy so shoes can get wet.
  • Spend some time at The Ruins musing over the glory days of sugarcane plantations and see some of the intricate craftsmanship which survived the fire that destroyed the house, not to mention the ravages of time. Stroll through the manicured grounds and grab a light snack or a meal at the on-site restaurant. There is also a sugarcane juice press serving refreshing beverage alternatives. And the small pasalubong center/giftshop with local delicacies and souvenirs is a well-curated surprise. Altogether, this is a family-oriented venue to visit, even in the evenings when the place is lit up to highlight its features. If for no other reason than to see it at night, one should accept reception invitations to weddings or debuts held at The Ruins.
  • very picturesque. the place does bring you back in time. i would suggest that you go there both day and night to do the photo ops. you wont be charged the entrance fee again if you return in the afternoon/night. the entrance fee though is quite expensive given that there ia nothing else to see in the compound aside from the actual ruins.
  • Best to visit early to have great photo ops. My friends and I had a great time! Never miss this when in Bacolod.

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