Bacolod City, the capital of Negros Occidental, is known for its rich history, vibrant culture, and delicious cuisine. But beyond the bustling city center lies a hidden gem that is waiting to be discovered – The Ruins.
The Ruins is a popular tourist destination in Bacolod City that is known for its stunning architecture, beautiful gardens, and rich history. It is a mansion that was built in the early 1900s by Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson, a wealthy sugar baron.
The mansion was built in memory of Don Mariano’s wife, Maria Braga, who died during the birth of their 11th child.
The mansion was designed by Italian architect, Lucio Bernasconi, and was inspired by the famous Taj Mahal in India. The mansion was built using the finest materials, including Italian marble, steel, and concrete. The mansion was also equipped with the ruins modern amenities, such as electricity and a hydraulic elevator.
The mansion was the largest residential structure in Negros Occidental during its time and was considered a symbol of the wealth and power of the Lacson family.
However, during World War II, the mansion was burned down by the retreating Japanese forces to prevent it from being used as a headquarters by the advancing American troops.
Today, The Ruins stands as a testament to the resilience and strength of the Filipino people. The mansion may have been destroyed, but its beauty and grandeur still remain. The ruins have been preserved and transformed into a beautiful garden that is open to the public.
Visitors to The Ruins can explore the mansion’s beautiful gardens, which are filled with colorful flowers, towering trees, and lush greenery. The gardens are also home to a beautiful fountain, a reflecting pool, and a gazebo.