RunAway Prop had the opportunity to spend last Monday afternoon and early evening at The Ruins – Talisay, and what a fantastic time we had there. I must say, it was such a relaxing atmosphere there, and I found it so enjoyable.
Some history about The Ruins – Talisay, ” The wealthy sugar baron Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson built the mansion in 1900’s for Maria Braga, his portuguese wife. He made sure the mansion was furnished with imported luxurious items. The Mansion’s structure resembles that of the Italian architecture with neoclassical columns. The facades of the mansion is comparable to the ones in Carnegie Hall. The belvedere facing west enables one to view the beautiful sunset through the bay window. The garden of the mansion was tended by Don Mariano’s daughter Angelina. Imported lilies filled the garden and around the fountain. A Japanese gardner was hired to maintain the gardens until he disappeared just before the war. It was found out later on that the gardner they hired was an informant to the Japanese Military. When World War 2 broke out, the guerrillas burned down the mansion to prevent the Japanese from occupying the area. The mansion burned down leaving behind the concrete structure that still stands to this day. There is no current plans of getting the ruins restored back to its glorious
The Ruins – Talisay is easy to get to, if you take the Bata Jeepney from downtown Bacolod, and get off in Bata, there is a Bike waiting to take you out to The Ruins – Talisay. Cost to enter is PhP 95.00, and there is a restaurant there for you to have something to eat. I would recommend going later in the day so you can enjoy the beauty of the area in the early evening as the lights are turned on and the the skies slowly darken!! Great time!!