In the midst of a vast sugar cane plantation, there lay a stunning panoramic European structure, a non-living witness of a violent past that will be remembered forever in history.
The burnt remains of Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson’s grand mansion is now a famous tourist spot in Talisay City, Bacolod.
Tagged as the largest residential mansion built before the World War II era, The Ruins is now just a pale reflection of the 903 square meter structure that was once a symbol of wealth and abundance.
The Violent History
Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson, a known sugar baron in the 1900’s, built the mansion for his first wife, and it became a home for their unmarried children. When World War II broke out, the guerrillas decided to burn it to stop Japanese invaders from utilizing it as their headquarters.
Another version of the story is that, Don Mariano went mad after the death of his first wife and burned the mansion himself. This is actually just a rumor to put a romantic twist to the whole story. But, whichever version you want to believe, it was told that it took several days before most of the mansion’s parts were burned down.
How Much is the Entrance Fee?
When we went there last year, they only charged us Php60 per person. There are discounts for students and children though but we didn’t bother to ask.
How to Get There?
Here’s an accurate direction they provided on their official website.
Proceed to Bata (PEPSI bottling plant) and turn east. About 600 meters, you will see a cellsite above a 2 story building on the left. Opposite that building you will see a big sign that says “THIS WAY TO THE RUINS”. You will enter that narrow street leading to Rose Lawn Memorial Garden. Follow the small red and yellow signs on the electrical posts which will lead you all the way to The RUINS.
Note: This is part 2 of my Bacolod Post series. Part 1 here.References: http://bacolodtheruins.blogspot.com https://ph.news.yahoo.com/get-a-history-lesson-from-the-ruins-055716537.html