With their intricate architectural designs and lavish interiors, these mansions showcased the wealth and power of their owners. Sadly, time has not been kind to these once-majestic structures. Neglected over the years due to neglect or lack of resources for maintenance, they now stand as haunting reminders of a bygone era. Nature has also taken its toll on these buildings with vines creeping up walls and trees growing through broken windows. One such mansion is known as The Ruins. Located in Talisay City just outside Bacolod proper, it was built by Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson in memory of his beloved wife Maria Braga Lacson.
This magnificent mansion was said to be inspired by Italian architecture and boasted luxurious amenities such as chandeliers imported from France and Italy. Unfortunately, tragedy struck when World War II broke out. Fearing that Japanese forces would occupy his home, Don Mariano ordered its destruction but left behind an enduring legacy – sturdy foundations that have allowed parts of The Ruins to survive until today. Another notable ruin is Balay ni the ruins Tana Dicang located along Rizal Street in downtown Bacolod City. Echoes of Nobility The Ruins in Bacolod City’s Landscape Nestled amidst the lush greenery of Negros Occidental, Philippines, lies a majestic structure that stands as a testament to the grandeur and opulence of a bygone era.
Known as The Ruins, this iconic landmark in Bacolod City has become an enduring symbol of nobility and resilience. Once upon a time, The Ruins was the ancestral mansion of Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson, a wealthy sugar baron during the early 20th century. Built in the early 1900s, it was designed by Italian architect Lucio Bernasconi and boasted European-inspired architecture with neoclassical influences. In order to prevent its use as headquarters by enemy troops, Don Mariano ordered his own mansion to be burned down.