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Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Ruins in Negros Occidental » 10 Lovely Facts You Need to Know Before Visiting

hover_share Painting of The Ruins depicting a Kalesa and the Veranda of The RuinsI was watching TV the other day and I saw this teleserye titled "Ikaw Lamang". I'm no fan of soap operas -- why I mentioned it here is because one of the locations featured in the said soap was particularly familiar. 


Later while I was organizing my travel photos, I came across random shots from our Negros Occidental trip two years ago and remembered that that lovely mansion in Talisay City is called "The Ruins." I do feel guilty realizing that it was on my pending-blog-post list for a year now - turns out my usual enthusiastic self cannot cope too well with work stress, hence my last year's blogging hiatus.

Anyway, I do really miss this blogging thing and I still have lots of interesting travel related posts on my drafts folder. 

To catch up, let me share here some lovely facts about this hauntingly beautiful mansion called "The Ruins" in Talisay City. It was not just a mansion, but a "monument of love" like the Taj Mahal. 

So, if you're a sucker for love stories and happen to be visiting Negros Occidental, you might want to inlude a quick side trip to "The Ruins."       

10 Lovely Facts You Need to Know Before Visiting The Ruins

hover_share Golden color of The Ruins against the colorful sky.

1. Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson, a sugar baron, is the original owner of this mansion in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, now famous among tourists as “The Ruins.” 

hover_share The Ruins marker telling the story behind the burned heritage house
2. One of his passions was seeing the world and on one of his travel abroad, he met Maria Braga – a beautiful, young Portuguese lady from Macau  – in old Hong Kong. Mariano and Maria got married. 

hover_share Old antique clock and old photos displayed inside the Ruins in Talisay City Negros Occidental
3. They are blessed with 10 children and while Maria was carrying the 11th child, she slipped in the bathroom. Both Maria and the child died.  Mariano was devastated and heartbroken – the love of his life gone. To immortalize Maria in his memory for the rest of his life he decided to build the Don Mariano Lacson Mansion. 

hover_share Details of the entrance and the main stairs going up the house
4. It was believed that the father of Maria, who is also the Captain of Mariano’s vessel, gave him the design of his own mansion as reference.  The mansion was built in the middle of a vast sugarcane field. 

hover_share Details of the veranda or terrace of The Ruins in Talisay City

5. Two “M”s can be seen molded in reclined position onto each and every post around the mansions exterior – a symbol that stands for Mariano and Maria – a tell-tale sign of Mariano’s adoration for Maria.

The Ruins turns gold against the blue sky as the sun sets

6. In this magnificent mansion, three of Mariano’s daughters lived to the max and never married.

hover_share Lovely fountain at the garden at the backyard of The Ruins house

7. During the early part of WWII, guerilla forces under the American command constrained to burn the mansion so as to keep the occupying Japanese forces from using it as headquarters. 

hover_share Colorful sunset as viewed inside the large veranda windows inside The Ruins

8. It took three days to bring down the roof and thick wooden floors which was never rebuilt. The mansion’s framework remains intact to this day. 

hover_share Lovely veranda of The Ruins in Negros Occidental

9. The best time to visit “The Ruins” is in the afternoon before sunset. It is said the columns “sparkle” because it is originally made of egg white.

hover_share Senti photoshoot of Eastgate Backpackers at The Ruins in Talisay City Negros Occidental

10. This was opened to the public in 2008 by Mr. Raymond Javellana. It became the location for two Peque Gallaga movie and also now featured in ABS-CBN primetime teleserye “Ikaw Lamang” – the first team-up of actors Coco Martin as Samuel Obrero and Kim Chiu as Isabelle Miravelez, together with Jake Cuenca as Franco and Julia Montes as Mona Roque. 

hover_share Yodi and the backpackers chilling out at The Ruins Pizzeria with The Ruins as the background

hover_share Scattered stars on a dark sky with The Ruins in Talisay City Negros Occidental


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References:
» Zest In Focus - The Taj Mahal of Negros  [retrieved: 13 June 2014]
» The Ruins, Talisay City Negros Occidental, Philippines - How to Get There, Contact Information, Other Info -  http://www.theruins.com.ph/






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