The mansion was built in the early 1900's and was built by Don Mariano Lacson for his first wife Maria Braga. The mansion is huge and the lumber used for its structure was so thick it took 3 days for the USAFFE and Filipino soldiers to burn the mansion. Of course, the walls were made of thick cement which could not be consumed by fire. They burned the mansion down during the 1940's to prevent the invading Japanese soldiers from using it as a military garrison or headquarters.
In the late 2000, the descendants of Don Lacson decided to open it to the public and it has now become a tourist attraction in Negros Occidental. To enter the premises, you have to pay an entrance fee at the gates. There is a coffee shop, a restaurant and a tourist shop inside the vicinity. Free tour guides are available to guide you through the mansion. They are famous for introducing humor in their tours. The Ruins is also dubbed as Negros' Taj Mahal because the house was actually built by Don Mariano for his wife.
There are numerous flights coming in and out of Bacolod City via the New Silay-Bacolod Airport. Bacolod City can also be accessible via ferry which docks at BREDCO port or via bus which will either end up at the North or South Terminals. It is highly recommended that any first timer in Negros should drop by and learn about Negrense's alta sociedad through the story of The Ruins.
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