One word: Grandiose
The Ruins in Talisay City, Negros Occidental is a testament of eternal love and a good life. I love my family beyond words but I sometimes dream of being descended from an old, rich family hehehe. Aside from being more comfortable, it would be great to read up on your family’s history (successes, failures, scandals, lol), and look at old family albums. It would have been wonderful to be a real haciendera, and see the lives of your forebears immortalized forever.
But alas, I could only trace up to my great-grandmother on my mother’s side, and only up to my grandfather on my father’s. And both are ordinary, hardworking families. And to date, I haven’t been able to dig up stories juicy enough to be passed on to my descendants. Haha. This must be the effect of reading too much historical novels.
So different from the offspring of Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson and the Portuguese, Maria Braga, for whom the sugar baron built the mansion.
Some say that the place is better visited at dusk for one to appreciate it in all its splendor and glory. However, we had very limited time as we only snuck in an hour from our official travel (I was with a staff), and that early morning was our only free time. Although we could have taken several jeepney rides from Bacolod City where we were billeted, we hailed the services of a cab for Php400 (two-way). As I said we were pressed for time. The good thing though is, we almost had the whole place to ourselves! It was really quiet, and the only sounds came from the chirping of birds, sprinkling of water, the snips of garden scissors, and the occasional banter of the caretakers.
Apart from the main structure, of interest is the four-tiered fountain in the well-manicured garden.
If you close your eyes hard enough, you can almost conjure the family entertaining in that wide expanse of lawn.
As with the outside, the inside of the house is a view to behold. Only high-grade materials, as claimed in all related literature, could withstand the destruction set to the house by the US Armed Forces during World War II. All of its structure has remained intact.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you can do do your muni-muni or have your siesta here every afternoon with the sun and breeze enveloping you in a calm cocoon?
They’ve put in a cafe inside what I could surmise was once the den or living room where they received visitors or where the children ran around and played.
I also like this grandfather clock but which I think is out of place where it is located now. It is almost as if it was put there by accident.
The Ruins is a true must-see for tourists and even locals. While it is a family home, it is full of history representing the city of Talisay.
I wonder if ghosts frequent this place.