Out and About: The Ruins in Talisay City, Negros Occidental

One of the most stunning pieces of architecture that stood the test of time, the Ruins is a prewar, once-grand ruins of a mansion, regarded by many as the Taj Mahal of Negros due to its beautiful structure and the equally beautiful love story behind its construction.


It was built in the 1900s by a sugar baron, Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson in memory of his first wife, Maria Braga. It stands majestically in the heart of the extensive sugar plantation in Talisay City.

Entrance fee: Adults – P60 and Student/Child – P40 (don’t forget to bring in your school ID)

If you own a car or rode a taxi, there is also an extra charge of P50.

One of the Kuya’s (guides/caretakers) that we spoke with was informative, funny, and helpful. He explained the story behind this beautiful structure and showed us where to get the best shot.  He even claimed to be a descendant of Don Mariano himself. Haha!



Only the pillars and some stonework to the internal gables held evidence of there being a wall along that aspect of the structure.

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Outside there are huge chessboards and miniature 18-hole golf course,  you need to pay P50 per game.


Please we advised that taxis aren’t accessible at all times.

Equally impressive by night or by day, the Ruins is the must-see attraction in Negros Occidental, so be sure to include it in your itinerary. You’ll be glad you did.

Address: Talisay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Contact No.: (+63) 917-832-6003
Website: http://theruins.com.ph


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