Why Any Ordinary Day Gets Extra Special at These Ruins
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Enrico Dee | Sep 26, 2014
My friend and I went to Talisay City to visit the famed structure in the middle of the sugarcane field as part of our weekend trip.
It’s not my first time to visit The Ruins, but this doesn’t mean that I'm no longer excited to be back.
From Bacolod City, it’s a 20-minute drive up north. The entrance fee to The Ruins was Php50 at that time. Discounts are also given to students and senior citizens.
But mind you, the staff assigned at the gates hinted that they would be increasing their entrance fees just in time for the MassKara Festival. The staff then added that they need to increase the entrance fee every time they add an employee.
We had a grand time taking photos of the building while inside the compound. The mansion, which was one of the grandest during its era, was then owned by Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson. It was built in loving memory of his Portuguese wife Maria Braga whom he met in Macau.
The guerrillas burned down the mansion for fear that the Japanese forces would use it as their headquarters during the Second World War. The Japanese didn't use the house; instead, they occupied the Don Mariano Ramos Ancestral House along Burgos St. in nearby Bacolod City. The Japanese forces took over the Don Mariano Ramos house but never destroyed it. Up until now it's still standing, ready to tell her story.
During our 2011 visit, new things have been added. There’s a new small building located at the east side of the Ruins. The building is a small café and gift shop in one. One can choose among gift items or souvenirs for friends and family.
Another noticeable addition is the marker set up by the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers located at the southeast side, near the fountain.
It was a Saturday afternoon when we got there. So it’s not a surprise to see lots of tourists.
I was actually hoping to catch a really good sunset but the weather wasn't cooperating that day. It was so cloudy the whole afternoon.
Anyway, I really enjoyed my return visit to The Ruins. I’m pretty sure I’ll be back again in time for the MassKara Festival to tour my friends here.
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