Bacolod Bliss: Yesterday Ruins of Talisay

6:57 AM

It was a long ride to what seemed to be the middle of nowhere. My heart was pounding because this place is exactly the reason I wanted to go to Bacolod. Forgive me, my love, for being such an old soul. Old buildings, houses and ruins will always be my guilty travel pleasure.

After endless sugar canes and tall grasses emerged big trees covering what is popularly known as The Ruins. Our tricycle driver offered to pick us up two hours after.

We walked and an Italianate architecture with neo-Romanesque columns welcomed us. It is said that the columns resemble the facade of Carnegie Hall in New York City. That perhaps would be the closest I can get to New York.

This beautiful architecture was built in early 1900's by the sugar baron, Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson.  The 4-tiered fountain in the garden is also a charm.

Imagine living in the largest residential structure during its time. It was also the house of finest furniture, chinaware, and decorative items. Maria Braga, Don Mariano's wife, was the daughter of a captain whose ship sailed across Europe and Asia. Perhaps someday we can have our own beautiful architecture with a vast garden. We will fill it with our own treasures - hundreds books and souvenirs from our travels.

We toured the ruins. I could just imagine it during its Golden age. Parties would have been hosted for the upper class. Afternoons would have been spent watching the sunset at the Belvedere. One can still admire the sunset even after the Filipino guerilla fighters have torched down the place back in early World War II. It had been burned down to avoid being used as a headquarters by the Japanese. The mansion burned for three days.

We sat down to have coffee, chicken ala king pasta and a tuna sandwich. The meal was a bit pricey but the ambiance made up for it. We were like dining in a different time. The sandwich was good for someone who's not a fan of tuna sandwiches.


The sun sets and the ruins glowed in its golden color. We were both in awe in the transformation in front of us.
We stayed a couple more minutes to sit at the fountain wrapped in lights. We left the ruins by the nineteenth hour. Maybe someday we can visit it again.

Operating hours: 8:30 am to 8:30pm, Mondays through Sundays including holidays
Restaurant operating hours: 11:00am to 8:00pm
18-hole Mini-Golf course available

How to get there:
Ride a jeepney to Bata. Get off at the Pepsi Plant. Ride a tricycle to the Ruins. You can ask your driver to wait for you or fetch you at a specific time.

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  1. postcard worthy shots!
    nasira IT ko sa bacolod dahil sa pagkain dun. hehe

  2. @Chyng thanks! that's such a compliment coming from you. :) Sarap bumalik-balik sa Bacolod para lang kumain!



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