November 15, 2014

The Ruins in Talisay

The Taj Mahal of Negros

Built in early 1900s, The Ruins is a testament of love of Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson to his wife, Maria Braga.

            Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson is a sugar baron, the owner of 440 hectares of sugar farm in Talisay. When the baron traveled to Macau, he met Maria Braga, a Portuguese who will later be his wife.

            Their marriage gave them 10 children (having a lot of children before is a sign of wealth). On Maria’s 11th pregnancy, she had an accident which eventually led to her and her baby’s death.

            The grief of Don Mariano incited the birth of the mansion. As a testament of his love for Maria, he built the Mansion in the middle of his estate. He got the designs from Maria’s father, a ship captain who travels from Europe to Asia. When the mansion was done, it was considered as the largest residential structure in town. The baron also imported the furniture from abroad as well as the fountain in front.

            The mansion is of Italianate style of architecture with neo romanesque columns. The structure is made of Grade A concrete with egg whites to make it shiny and smooth. It even feels like marble when you touch it.

            One of the daughters of Don Mariano designed the garden. She also planted imported lilies near the fountain. As it was a big garden, so they hired a Japanese gardener.

Later on, it was speculated that the gardener was an informant to the Japanese Soldiers. In the midst of World War II, there were talks that the Japanese soldiers wanted to make the mansion their headquarters in Negros. So to renounce the Japanese occupation in the Philippines, Don Mariano decided to burn the house down.

From the tour guide’s account, Don Mariano ordered the people to put gallons of gas inside the house but the gas wasn’t enough to burn the flooring which is made of 2” thick of wood. So to add more power to the fire, they included used cooking oil with the gas.

The neighbors said that it took 3 days for the fire to die down.

           That’s the history of The Ruins in Talisay.

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The Ruins
Hda Sta Maria, Talisay City
Negros Occidental
Entrance Fee: P25 per person
Telephone: 63.34.4764334
Operating hours:
Sun to Sat: 8:30am to 8pm

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