Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson built a mansion for his first Portuguese wife named Maria Braga, back in the 1900s in the middle of his sugarcane hacienda, only to be burned by the American forces in fear that the Japanese would use it as their headquarters. What used to be an imposing beautiful mansion, characterized by Italian and Neo-Romanesque design built as a testament for love, is now but ruins – yet with its unique scintillating charm.
It took several days and drums of oil to burn the mansion down. What is left of it are the floor, the columns and its facade – a total skeleton standing on wide green lawn in the heart of a huge farmland. The ruins of the two-storey mansion has its own story to tell, and being there leaves a feeling of its bitter-sweet past and the experience of an aristocratic status. Like a rose with thorns, the Ruins of Talisay is a monument of love and war, of passion and conflict, of comfort and suffering, of wealth and poverty, in the past and the present. It’s a monument of love like how Taj Mahal was built.
There are regular flights from Manila to Talisay. From Bacolod, the way to Talisay Ruins is via Bata, which is near the North Bus Terminal. From the highway, you can take a multicab or a trike to get you to the another terminal. Then you take another tricycle that goes inside a subdivision to take you to the Ruins. Regular fare is 8.00 pesos from the highway, then 10-15 pesos going to the Ruins. Entrance fee is at 60 pesos for adults, students pay only 50 pesos.