Travel Guide: The Ruins in Talisay City

The Ruins in Talisay City, a tourist magnet bear a saga of love, betrayal, death and war. A mysterious mansion says many things in silence. The estate is a quiet observer of history. Now it is empty and companionless, mourns for the loss of its glory in the past and the friendly company of Don Mariano Lacson, the owner, and his wife Maria. The luring estate has gone through the love affair between the couple and their unforgettable days.

The Ruins in Talisay City
The Ruins in Talisay City

History of the Mansion: The Ruins

The vast architectural wonder surrounded by 440 hectare of sugarcane plantation is located at the Talisay City in Negros Occidental. This old structure is one of the most popular tourist attraction in Talisay City. It is an appealing destination brand and an account of interest how this spot has turned to a tourist enticement.

Beautiful Garden at The Ruins
Beautiful Garden at The Ruins

The story comes across as the love affair of Don Mariano Lacson, the owner of the outstanding construction in the area of that time and his beautiful Portuguese wife Maria Braga. It was a tribute to Maria by Don Mariano and stands for the most romantic and fascinating story for the times in the locality.

Talisay City's Old World Glory
Beautiful Garden at The Ruins

Later Maria passéd away in 1911 due to miscarriage. The next instance was even mournful as Mariano’s adoring homage was caught in burn. The Fillipino Guerillas suggested keep the burning house for Japanese military usage. So it turned to the Military headquarter. Mariano left the house. Thus Fillipino gardener turned out to be a Japanese military spy.

Water Fountain at The Ruins
Water Fountain at The Ruins

The mansion was totally burned leaving beside only the framework which is now converted into the structural design as a wonder land. The estates promotion is now run by Don Mariano’s grandson Raymund Javellana. It is a surprise to the visitors and standing proudly in the centre of the sugarcane plantation. At night, it is dark enough to surprise and delight the tourists with the structures beautiful lighting.

Blue Hour at the Ruins
Blue Hour at the Ruins

Sunset time: the real flavour comes apart to the visitors

The real timeless beauty of the Ruins come to notice at the sunset time. It’s an awesome feeling when you witness the beautiful blue hour. The natural light emphasizes on the shape of the historic structure. The interior defines itself in the deeming sunlight – an intricate design and decoration. As well as the pillars standing proud and high to the sky adds a marvelous touch to it. Classic music is played all the time in the spot as if it is singing the glory and inviting its guests to the Coffee table to share some stories. The tourists will also find the mute pictures hanging on the wall as mutedly depicting its melancholy or profoundly singing the romance between Mariano and Maria.

Melo Villareal at The Ruins
Melo Villareal at The Ruins

Restaurant and Souvenir Shop

They also have a cafeteria and restaurant for visitors. The Ruins is also offering catering services for celebrations like wedding and debut. They also have mini golf, and souvenir shop right next to the restaurant.

How to get there

From Silay proper, Proceed to Bata (PEPSI bottling plant) and turn east. About 600 meters, you will see a cellsite above a 2 story building on the left. Opposite that building you will see a big sign that says “THIS WAY TO THE RUINS”. You will enter that narrow street leading to Rose Lawn Memorial Garden. Follow the small red and yellow signs on the electrical posts which will lead you all the way to The RUINS.

Entrance fees to the Ruins

  • Adult: 60
  • Children : 40
  • Students: 20

The Ruins in Talisay City
Talisay City Philippines
Contact Number:
(+63 34) 476-4334
(+63 917) 832-6003

*some of the photos courtesy of Gael Hilotin of
  1. Ana Razon says

    hi, im a newbie to your blog. super love ko mga blog post mo! sobra! para na rin akong nag-tour kasama nyo. ang saya lang. this post is nice ha. ang ganda ng place. romantic yung place pag gabi. kaso lang malayo. hehe. 😉

    1. Melo Villareal says

      Hello @anarazon:disqus:) Enjoy reading and dont forget to share this post to your friends:) Traveling is Fun!

  2. Micole l Philippine Traveler says

    This place is not only historic but also beautiful! Photo worthy indeed! Nice capture of the blue hour! Thanks for the share!

    1. Melo Villareal says

      I hope I can go back there soon, Ill make sure to bring a tripod to capture better photos of the blue hour:)

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