The Ruins used to be a beautiful mansion owned by sugar baron Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson (1865 – 1948). It is of Italianate architecture with neo-Romanesque columns. The mansion was said to be one of the largest residential structure ever built during that time.
According to the writings in the house, the mansion met its sad fate back in World War II when the United States Armed Forces in the Far East (USAFFE), then guerilla fighters, burnt the mansion to prevent the Japanese forces from utilizing it as their headquarters or garrison. (I think the reason still doesn’t justify the burning of a beautiful structure.)
Apparently, burning the house wasn’t as easy as they thought. Initially, they poured three drums of gasoline to ignite the floors but nothing happened. This was because the floorings were long-span 3-inch thick hardwood running from the main entrance facing the fountain and garden all the way to the end of the dining room. These were about a meter wide and 20.5 meters long. they were finally able to make things burn by mixing 2 drums of gasoline with 4 drums of used oil.
The mansion burned for 3 days which finally burned down the ceiling, roof and floors.
The Ruins, aka Talisay Ruins, is now a popular events venue for occasions like weddings and special events. It now has a in-house restaurant serving Mediterranean food and also has an 18-hole mini golf course at the back.
Mondays – Sundays (including holidays)
8:30am to 8:00pm
How to get there:
Proceed to Bata (PEPSI bottling plant) and turn east. About 600 meters, you will see a cellsite above a 2 story building on the left. Opposite that building you will see a big sign that says “THIS WAY TO THE RUINS”. You will enter that narrow street leading to Rose Lawn Memorial Garden. Follow the small red and yellow signs on the electrical posts which will lead you all the way to The RUINS.
— Bacolod City Guide