Talisay: The Ruins, Beauty Amidst the Ruins
Dubbed as the “Taj Mahal of Negros” by Rappler, a sad love story lies behind the cement remains. It was built in the early 1900s in remembrance of Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson’s wife, Maria Braga Lacson, which was died while expecting their 11th child. Situated at the center of 440-hectare farm in Talisay, Negros Occidental, the mansion was the biggest structure at that time, bragging its Italian architecture and A-grade materials.
During the World War II, Don Mariano and his children fled the ancestral house, and the US Armed Forces came. It was decided to burn the place to prevent the Japanese soldiers to occupy and become their headquarters. All but the concrete shell were in smithereens.
Today, it is known as a tourist attraction as well as prenup site favored by photographers. Though in its ruined state, the sculptures and details of the concrete are still intact. Its unfortunateness bares more of its beauty and endurance, reflecting Don Mariano’s love for his wife.
Tourists on a budget might find the place overrated since the entrance fee is worth P100 (formerly P40 – P60). We’re also disappointed that we didn’t get an aerial shot of the place for the management was charging us P1,000 just to fly our drone. What’s more, a roof was being reconstructed there, reducing its eeriness and dramatic effect.
Well, it’s still worth a try going to The Ruins, especially for couples who want to be inspired by Mariano’s undying love for Maria.
- Entrance Fee – P100
From Bacolod, ride a taxi going straight to The Ruins. Cab drivers usually offer fix rate ride around P200 – P300.
From Bacolod, drive Lacson Street northbound. Then turn right onto Don Mariano Lacson Road. Go straight until you see a signage leading to The Ruins.
- For shutterbugs, there’s a glass table there wherein you can shoot the ruins with a reflecting effect.