The Ruins

Our trip to The Ruins in Bacolod wasn’t exactly what we expected it to be. It was raining the whole day, we were dripping wet with muddy shoes plus we weren’t able to witness the Masskara Festival considering it is the reason why we visited Bacolod in the first place and it is already getting late that we need to go back to our friend’s house which is 6 towns away from the city. This was just a random weekend trip so we really have zero clue on where to go next. They say that failing to plan is planning to fail and while that holds true mostly, it’s not always the case. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and do things spontaneously. So going back, we have decided to insert The Ruins in our itinerary since we are already here. What’s the worse thing that could happen, right? I mean, this is the City of Smiles! It’ll be all worth it.



The mansion was built in the early 1900’s by the sugar baron, Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson and was home to his unmarried children with his first wife, Maria Braga Lacson.


The mansion was the largest residential structure ever built at that time and it has the finest furniture, chinaware, decorative items and even a 4-tiered fountain fronting the mansion, all brought in from abroad. During the early part of World War II, the mansion was burned down to prevent the Japanese forces from utilizing it as their headquarters. To this day, the 903 square meter structure still stands tall amidst sugar plantation and continues to awe both local and foreign tourists.

Tourists flock at The Ruins’ facade.






Giant chess pieces at the garden of The Ruins. I want this at home! 😀


Tourists playing. 


The Ruins at night is truly magical.


Although it was an amazing experience, it would be much better if we came earlier in broad daylight for better photo capture and less tourist.

Have you been to The Ruins?  How was your experience?



37 thoughts on “The Ruins

  1. Even with the weather and being at nighttime it still looks like it was a great time to be had! Fun vacation! I also kind of want to start referring to older men with money as “Sugar Barons” instead of a “Sugar Daddy” haha

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  2. Great post and cool pictures! I think it’s great that you guys made most of your time even though the weather was crappy and things didn’t go as planned!

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  3. It seems to be a very interesting building. We do have a similar one in Romania but it’s deserted, nobody goes there unless they want to film a video or do some photographic exploration. Shame really, as it used to be a wonderful small castle.

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