The Lacson Mansion, more popularly known as The Ruins, is the remnant of the ornate manor built by sugar baron Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson for his beloved first wife, Maria Braga, in the early 1900s. It was the Lacsons' official residence before it was burned down by the United States Armed Forces in the Far East (USAFFE) and guerilla fighters during the Second World War to prevent Japanese forces from using it as a headquarters.
The blaze reduced the structure's roof and wooden floors into ashes but the concrete walls and foundations, made from cement fortified with egg whites and oversized steelbars, remained standing.
Today, what remained of the ruins has become one of the most popular and recognizable landmarks in Talisay City. In fact, it is considered as one of the world's most fascinating ruins, comparable to Peru's Machu Picchu, Thailand's Ayutthaya and Greece's Parthenon.
The descendants of the original owner have developed the property and opened it to the public. The Ruins now features a restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine and a mini-bar.
Surrounding the mansion is a sprawling lawn with a beautifully-restored fountain and lush landscaping. A recent addition is an 18-hole mini golf course. The site is now a popular venue for special events including engagement parties, weddings and birthday celebrations.
To get there, just follow the signs leading to The Ruins from east of Bata (Pepsi bottling plant). You can also ask locals for directions. Entrance fees apply to all visitors. For more information about The Ruins, visit theruins.com.ph.
The Ruins Photo Gallery