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The Ruins in Bacolod

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The “Ruins” in Bacolod is one of the most well-preserved and famous ancestral homes in the island of Negros Occidental as well as the Philippines. It located within the borders of Talisay City and Bacolod and remains a favourite tourist destination. The mansion belonged to  Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson, a sugar baron.  Built during the 1920’s for his wife Maria Braga, a Portuguese from Macau, after her death. It was the largest and probably the most grandiose residential structure built during those times.

During World War II, it was burnt down by the United States Armed Forces in the Far East (USAFFE) and the US guerilla forces to prevent the Japanese from using it as one of their headquarters. Its roof went down, the once 2-inch wooden floors were incinerated, and its contents were all looted. However, because of its robust  A-grade concrete frame, not all were consumed by the fire.

The mansion’s main structure was able to transcend and survive the test of time and stands as a testament to its stately past.

The “Ruins” is open to the public with a minimum entrance cost. It is open from 8:30 am – 8:00 pm. A tourist guide is available if you want to learn more about the mansion and its history.

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Author: Expatch Editorial Team
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