The Ruins: the Taj Mahal of Negros Occidental and its heartbreaking history

Back in the 80s to 90s, there were many rich and famous families who build mansions out of their money. Some of these later became ancestral homes for their families while there are also others who only remained as ruins and a remembrance of an otherwise forgotten history.

The Mariano Lacson mansion in Talisay City, Negros Occidental is one of the most beautiful mansions ever built back in the 1900s. Here goes a 1925 photo of the said mansion.

Image: Edward Prio Ermino II / Facebook

The mansion was built in the early 1900’s by the wealthy sugar baron Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson in memory of his wife. Maria Braga Lacson died during the birth of her 11th child.

Sadly, according to wanderers and warriors, the building was burned for 3 days straight during WWII by Filipino Guerrillas to prevent the Japanese forces from claiming it as their own and using it as a headquarters.

Image: Lee via Flickr

But, despite the mansion being turned into ruins, its foundation still remains intact even up to this day. In fact, it is now given the title of “The Taj Mahal of Negros” and has since been a must-visit place for tourists traveling to Bacolod City.

Image: Lacson Ruins / The Ruins / Facebook

According to The Culture Trip, current visitors of The Ruins love the small details of the house, like the shell-inspired decor spotted around the top edges of the mansion, a tribute to Maria Braga’s father who was a sailor. The posts of the mansions are lined with what looks liked engraved letter “Ms” turned on their side. They stand for ‘Maria’ and ‘Mariano’.

Image: Lacson Ruins / The Ruins / Facebook

Additionally, tourists love the ambiance of the place as well as it being an “Instagrammable” location, especially for the Millenials.

With its rich history and gorgeous facade, it sure is worthy of visiting. So, the next time you visit Bacolod City, be sure to include “The Ruins” in your bucket list.