The Ruins of Lacson Mansion History- Talisay Bacolod

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March 20th 2012
Published: March 2nd 2012
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the ruins of Bacolod during sunset.
Wealthy sugar baron Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson built the mansion in 1900′s for Maria Braga, his portuguese wife. He made sure that the mansion was furnished with imported luxurious items. The Mansion’s structure resembles that of the italian architecture with neoclassical columns. The facades of the mansion is comparable to the ones in Carnegie Hall. The belvedere facing west enables one to view the beautiful sunset through the bay window.The garden of the mansion was tended by Don Mariano’s daughter Angelina. Imported lilies filled the garden and around the fountain. A japanese gardener was hired to maintain the gardens until he disappeared just before the war. It was found out later on that the gardener they hired was an informant to the Japanese Military. When the world war 2 broke out, the guerillas burned down the mansion to prevent the Japanese from occupying the area. The mansion burned down leaving behind the concrete structure that still stands to this day.There’s no current plans of getting the ruins restored back to its glorious form. For now there’s a mini cafe and restaurant to chill inside the ruins. Guests can amuse themselves with a quick game of golf in the mini golf area. ( personally take the chance of experiencing the beauty of the Ruins located at the Boundary of Bacolod and Talisay. From the city proper we take a drive to tagbak terminal and ride a tricycle to the Ruins. It was so beautiful especially at dawn. It changes color from white to gray to orange and to red. The structural design of it was so elegant and the concrete used is Grade A that causes it to firmly stands fire, earthquake and typhoons. It was soperfect for photograpy especially weddings and pre-nups. That’s why we took the chances of possing to its pillars even though wearing rugged outback clothes and in sweaty shirts. While waiting on the sunset, we had a merienda on the Ruins Café located at the side of the Ruins. It is a souvenir shop/café, pizzas and coffees at reasonable prices. After a great afternoon in the ruins, a tricycle back to the terminal will help you get back in the city. For more photos, visit my personal facebook account albums (


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