Thursday, September 01, 2016

The Ruins: The Beauty and History

The Ruins, Talisay City, Negros Occidental
It was exactly one week today (Sept. 1, 2016) when I got the chance to visit and see with my own eyes the fascinating beauty of an old Italianate architecture dubbed as the ''Taj Mahal of Negros'' located in Talisay City, Negros Occidental.

I and friends had five days inter-island tour around the Visayas and our first stop is the famous and acclaimed as one of the 12 fascinating ruins of the world, The Ruins. It's not only this beautiful architecture that I am amazed by but also the history of how and why The Ruins was built.

A Summary of  The Ruins' history 

Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson and a Portuguese lady named Maria Braga met in Macau and fall in love. He offered her marriage and brought her home and raised a family in Talisay City. They had 10 children and during the 11th one, Maria had an accident where she slipped in the bathroom and begun bleeding. Unfortunately, Maria and the child she's carrying died.

Don Mariano was devastated with the loss of his wife whom he dearly loves but he had to move on for the sake of his children. In his healing moment, Mariano built a two-story mansion to immortalize Maria for the rest of his life. He also dedicated it to his 10 children and to his undying love for his wife.

During the early days of World War II, the guerilla forces under the American command destroyed the mansion to keep the Japanese  forces from using it as their headquarters. They burned it and what remains and still intact as of today is the entire skeletal frame.

The mansion or known now as The Ruins is indeed strong as Don Mariano's undying love to his wife Maria that continues to amaze people even as of today.

Experiencing The Ruins

It's nothing but an old place for some, but it is a historical place and a sight to behold. the surroundings are filled with ornamental landscapes and the ground is mostly covered with trimmed carabao grass. There's fountain on the right side of the mansion and in front is a souvenir shop and The Ruins' restaurant where visitors can have their lunch or dinner while facing the mansion.

Inside The Ruins, Mr. Roger, a guide who also appeared on the reality TV Show Big Brother as one of the housemates entertained and told us the history of the Ruins. He's a clever and funny guy combining jokes on the serious things he's saying about the history of the mansion. He will be well remembered and the laughter he shared.

Just outside The Ruins is another picture perfect spot. It's a spacious place with what looks like a pool in the middle and styrofoam swans in it facing a big open stage with noticeable manmade rock formations in the background which actually looks stunning.

How to go to the Ruins

From Silay City Airport, you can:
1.Take a cab to send you directly to the Ruins.
2. Ride a Tricycle outside the airport and drop at the highway fronting Silay Plaza. From there, ride a bus or jeepney bound for Bacolod City and drop off Pepsi Bottling plant in Bata. Ride another tricycle to send you to the ruins. Just ask the locals if you need to.

From Bacolod City
1. Ride a jeepney bound to Bata and drop off at the Pepsi Bottling Plant. From there, ride a tricycle to the ruins. Just ask the locals if you need to.

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