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Playful Hearts at The Ruins of Talisay City, Negros Occidental








Negros is not all about the sugar and chicken as the seat of the City of Smile has more to offer more than their vast lands of sugar cane and irresistible inasal.

Negros Province has one of the historical cities in the Philippines that are rich in culture and important events in particular during the early colonization of the Spaniards. One landmark in Negros known as The Ruins, seated in Talisay City, almost captures everything about the past, echoing the life before the coming of the tech generation of our time.


Wishing to embrace the cultural atmosphere and rekindle the life of the hacienderos in the early 1900s , we travelled on a private car from Bacolod City to Talisay  that took us less than an hour to reach the target site. But before reaching the  most sought after mansion, we enjoyed the cool breeze while traversing the vast plantation of sugar canes on the countryside of Negrosro. What a breather.

At the gate of the seemed ‘park’ we paid an entrance fee of Php 80.00 which I found reasonable. Compared with the other parks in the Philippines that ask for an unbelievable hefty user fee, The Ruins has a better and maintained environment. The lush and colourful gardens in all sides of the landmark were all trimmed to shapes that enhances more the beauty of the burned building. 

Flowers of almost all type litters  the vicinity, painting rainbow on the shadows of once great mansion of Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson that was intentionally built in  memory of his wife Maria Braga in 1911.  Coined as Taj Mahal of Negros, this house was built by the influential Don to immortalize their love affair.

Veranda of the mansion
The Italian inspired mansion was burned down by the guerrilla fighters during World War II that ashed  all the old good  lavish and romantic memories in the hacienda.

Making a tour inside of the mansion, we were lectured on how sections of the house were named. The operator convert a portion of the Ruins into a small restaurant with tables placed along the veranda, overlooking the vast well trimmed green lawn of the mansion. As for me, this is a perfect dinning venue for any romantic dates over a candle light dinner.

The Ruins can charm the hearts of every visitors once you breathe the dry air to where the ashes of the mansion that was built out of love float in the atmosphere. And by just simply looking at the facades and the beautiful scar of its past, will be lifted from the agony of lonesomeness. The Ruins of Talisay is just as magnificent as how it was described in words and by experiencing it personally would give you a chill and a bite of how was it like to be in the time that has been lost.

Location of  The Ruins

Coming from Bacolod City, take the turn at the PEPSI bottling plant in Bata Subdivision towards the mountains. Enter the narrow road leading to Rose Lawn Memorial Garden, then, turn right and navigate the main road of Goldcrest, and Octagon Villages.

For more information please call these numbers:

(+63 917) 832.6003 / (+63 34) 476.4334

Website : http://theruins.com.ph/
Email: ruins@theruins.com.ph



15 comments :

  1. Ganda ng building na yan! Mapuntahan nga rin iyan kapag nakabisita ng Bacolod. Salamat!

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  2. What a a picturesque and lovely place like Bantayan. I have already gone to Cebu several times, but I got no chance to visit Bantayan.

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  3. Oh what great views! The historical structures look very dramatic and artistic. Can people stay inside the mansion as a hotel or they are just for visits?

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  4. My husband visited Negros City sometime last year and I remember he had his picture taken on the same mansion that's why the fountain looks familiar. I love your 1st photo. It shows that you really had fun.

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  5. Haha! There's this video on Facebook that went viral, yung tour guide sa Mansion. Have you met him? He's really funny!

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  6. i have not seen it yet, but through your photos. i wish to visit Talisay Ruins one day :)

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  7. Wow, I would love to visit this someday! I love visiting ruins and learning about its rich history.

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  8. You got a very beautiful shot out there! Seems it's from other country. :)

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  9. The ruins in Talisay looks like a really scenic and historical attraction. I hope I can visit it some day.

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  10. I have already gone to this place several years ago. It has a historical value. The place or the ruiins wee the gift given by a sugar baron to his dearly beloved wife. The background or the story behind this place is so interesting.

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  11. I'm from Negros Occidental and worked there at Pepsi Mandalagan near Bata Subdivision. Truly, that place 's awesome.

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  12. Such a nice place. I like seeing ruins. I don't know why but I like the beauty in them despite destruction.

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  13. they say in old places such as this, you should never fool around... just kidding... lol... glad you enjoyed the place. Yahweh bless.

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  14. Glad that you spent time (doesn't matter how little time) in Bogo City. Take a tour of our City soon ;)

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  15. Rey John Salve BufeteAugust 13, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Proudly Bantayanon :).,..if you are going to go Bantayan first important thing you need to do is to find the place where you can look the three municipality of Bantayan Island,..The name "37" in bantayanon "trantay siyeti" , it is the highest mountain in Bantayan Island ,,They called "37" because of the water well that you can see their almost 37 meters deep...

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