Long day wasn’t over yet, a sound of excitement slowly crawling and whispering in my ears and said, this time you won’t escape it again. The sun peacefully resting below the horizon and the sky starts to get darker as we set foot in the City of smiles.
Making it in the City of smiles, dressed us in kindness of someone whom I don’t know. Offering his hand to us, in and around Bacolod, from our accommodation and touring us around, this act of kindness truly speaks that people of Bacolod are accommodating and very kind.
Remnants of the past with beauty and elegance is a sure remark for Bacolod. What gets us so excited, to traipse our feet in Bacolod, is to ultimately see the old structure mansion bedizened with adorning decors, peacefully standing in its own realm. If you have been to Bacolod, you certainly know that I’m talking about the Ruins located in Talisay, Negros Island.
The breathtaking and romantic views of the RUINS were made possible because of the overflowing love of Mariano Ledesma Lacson and Maria Braga. Some see this as a symbol of great love of a husband to her wife. Mariano Ledesma Lacson immortalize Maria in his memory by constructing a mansion that will surely last. And that is something so sweet and a genuine acts that a married man could give to her wife.
What actually caught my attention during my visit was the design of the Two Storey mansion, it’s an inspired Italianate architecture design as evidenced by its neo-Romanesque columns all around. The top edges of the mansion were a shell-decor inspired.
There’s the two “M” letters molded in reclined positions onto each and every position around the mansion’s exterior as a symbol that stand for Mariano and Maria. Representing Maria’s alabaster skin, they develop a fine, marble-like spot, as the walls and posts were made with egg whites mixed into the cement. And the warhead-bearing pillars were corroborated like how theory were being supported with evidence to testify one great theory that actually exist, just like how Mariano testifies his love to her wife.
Apart from a stunning mansion, there’s a huge, bedizened fountain peacefully seated at the entrance of the mansion. I was actually trying hard to capture a perfect photo of it, and I hope I have given justice to the fountain.
The mansion provides a wide land area and within the compound, you can find a beanery, Pasalubong center where they hold Bacolod’s delicacies and you can also check the wishing well where it was believed that any spoken wish would be granted.
The RUINS, as it is popularly known today, has been hailed as “one of the 12 most fascinating ruins of the world”, “one of the best landmarks in the Philippines”, and “the Taj Mahal of Negros”.
HOW TO GET THERE
Getting there is moderately easy and it will only take you around 15 – 20 minutes from downtown of Bacolod City. When you choose to take a Cab and Tricycle, this will surely require you to bear an extra art when haggling. Bacolod Airport is much nearer in the ruins than Bacolod City proper. So if happen, you want to shoot the breeze, you can drop by at the ruins first. Drivers will offer a fixed price, particularly if it’s a back and forth trip.
Take the Bata route jeepneys from downtown of Bacolod City. Ask the driver to drop you off at Pepsi Bottling Station along the highway, then from there you can hire a Tricycle for a one way trip at PHP 100.00 directly to The Ruins.
Note: Drivers usually wait for their guests while they’re exploring the ruins. Inquire for a price for a return trip for convenience.
ENTARANCE FEES (VAT Inclusive)
- Adults- Php 95
- Students & Sr.Citizens -Php 40
- Children (Below 8 yrs.old)-Php 20
- I advise you go there around 4PM, so you can witness how the ruins look like when there’s still lucid light of the sun. Stay there until at night, it’s even more romantic and beautiful during the night, because of the lights that reflects the beauty of the Mansion.
- Bring water, since you’re going to amble around the mansion.
- Please be good to the Mansion, don’t drop your garbage anywhere. Be responsible enough.
- Make sure you have a full battery life along your cameras or even your phone, because you can’t resist to take photos of the ruins.
This travel journey is not made possible without the kind heart of Peter, who have helped us in our Bacolod Escapade. I would like to stretch out my gratitude to Peter for opening his heart to stranger like us. Showing your kindness will certainly be rendered back to you a hundred and thousands fold. Also, thank you to Ram of masterryo for organizing this travel.