The Ruins in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, about 20 minutes by taxi from the provincial capital Bacolod City, sits on an immaculately landscaped estate that has become a hotspot for tourists for its picturesque gardens and the love story behind the creation of the once-grand mansion. Sugar baron Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson built this house for his children and to honor his deceased wife Maria, who lost her life while pregnant with their 11th child. Look closer and the pillars all feature to Ms facing each other, a unique flair that stands for Mariano and Maria.
The home was burned down after the family fled during World War II to prevent the Japanese troops from taking over the mansion or using it as headquarters. These days, Don Mariano’s great-grandson Raymund Javellana is owner and manager of their family mansion.
Cover photo is a screengrab from @joannerona on Instagram.
By Celia Nachura
Published October 2016