“The Ruins” is a popular historical attraction located in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines, which is near Bacolod. It’s one of the most visited landmarks in the region and is often referred to as the “Taj Mahal of Negros” due to its grandeur and romantic backstory.

The Ruins is the remains of a mansion that was built by Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson in the early 20th century. Don Mariano was a sugar baron, and the mansion was constructed in memory of his wife, Maria Braga Lacson, who died during the pregnancy of their 11th child. The mansion was reportedly burned down by the USAFFE (United States Armed Forces in the Far East) during World War II to prevent it from being used as a Japanese garrison.

Despite the destruction, the mansion’s skeletal remains still stand today, showcasing its impressive architecture, with Italianate columns and intricate designs. The Ruins is surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens and offers a picturesque backdrop for visitors. The site has become a popular destination not only for tourists but also for locals, especially during sunset when the ruins are illuminated, creating a stunning ambiance.