If you are going to Bacolod, don’t miss to visit the Ruins Known as the Taj Mahal of Negros. The Ruins is located in the borders of Talisay and Bacolod City was owned by Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson should definitely be on your checklist or itinerary. You should visit this place because this structure is filled with rich historical memories which will fascinate you.
According to the story, in the early 20th-century sugar baron Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson built his ten-bedroom Italianate mansion in memory of his wife, who had sadly died during the pregnancy of his 11th child.
This attraction is the remains of the mansion, WWII Filipino guerrillas employed by the US Armed forces intentionally set the mansion on fire in order to stop invading Japanese forces from being able to use the mansion as a headquarters. The intention was to burn it to the ground. It took them weeks to fully burn the house because it was made of hardwood. For many years, the remains of the mansion were just left abandoned in the midst of a sugarcane plantation. Until the owners decided to finally fix it and put a landscape around the ruins.
After sitting idle for decades, the Ruins have been restored and reopened to the public, though the mansion is still without windows, a roof, interior walls, and much of the floor that once divided the first and second stories. And today the ruins are both a picturesque tourist destination and a restaurant.
Night time view of the Ruins is undeniably breathtaking. Today, this attraction is a must-see attraction on the Island of Negros. Birthdays, Wedding, and some events like corporate, concerts and a lot more are also held in the place.
How To Get Here?
There’s an entrance fee for this place: Adults is P60 and Students and Kids cost P40. But if you’re a student, don’t forget to bring in your school ID. More so, if you’re riding a car or even a taxi, you will be charged P50 just before you reach the vicinity.