Sunday, February 25, 2018

Another Adventure in Bacolod City: The Ruins

Bacolod City has a special place in Blissful Guro’s heart. I wrote about it back in 2013, which was structured like a guide to Bacolod City and don’t forget our post on chicken inasal at Nenah’s Beth. So it’s safe to say the topic isn’t new to Blissful Guro. This time around, we will explore. The Ruins in Bacolod, a famous site that sees thousands of travelers venture to the region every year to witness firsthand what remains of The Ruins.

As history recounts, The Ruins was built in honor of a sugar baron’s wife who passed away. It wasn’t a particularly happy story, so we won’t go into it much on here, but if you do want to read the full story, you can do so here on Choose Philippines.

The Ruins is the ancestral home of an affluent sugar baron by the name of Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson. It was built in the early 1900s. His then wife, died after giving birth to their 11 th child. And that, for now, is all you need to know about the backstory to their unhappy story. It was built primarily as a sugar plantation but was burned down by the Americans in World War II so that the Japanese didn’t use it as a military office. As legend has it, the building was alight for 3 days before it was reduced to an empty concrete shell. Now the site has been preserved and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. It is commonly referred to as the “Taj Mahal” of Negros, according to Philippine Airlines’ tourist guide to Bacolod City.

The Ruins is open to the public between 8am and 8pm everyday and only costs PHP100 for adults to wander around the site, PHP50 for students, and PHP20 for children. The site has an operating farm, which you can walk around and it can also be hired for events such as weddings or exhibitions.

One thing to note is that The Ruins looks spectacular lit up at night. Have a read of A Not So Popular Kids’ account of The Ruins, and you’ll see the “supposed” dinner table that was featured in the mansion before it was burnt down. You’ll also see how the lights make it look absolutely unforgettable at night, and the reflection that bounces off the neighboring river is hard to get out of your mind once you’ve set eyes on it. There are also artwork and family paintings that are housed in The Ruins. These are of the sugar baron and his wife. The best way to get the backstory - and as many insights as possible about the history of The Ruins - is to listen intently to your tour guide. It’s a marvelous story whichever way you look at it and one that is now synonymous with Bacolod City, and known across the Philippines.

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