The Ruins (mansion)

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The Ruins
The Ruins in Talisay, Negros Occidental.jpg
The Ruins
The Ruins (mansion) is located in Philippines
The Ruins (mansion)
Map of Negros Occidental showing the location of Talisay City
Former nameTaj Mahal of Philippines
EstablishedEarly 1900 (1900)
LocationTalisay, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Coordinates10°42′37″N 122°59′00″E / 10.7102°N 122.9833°E / 10.7102; 122.9833Coordinates: 10°42′37″N 122°59′00″E / 10.7102°N 122.9833°E / 10.7102; 122.9833
TypePrivate in-stu open-air Local museum
Key holdingsRuined ancestral house at a large farm.
Collection size440 hectares (1,100 acres)
OwnerMariano Ledesma Lacson
Maria Braga Lacson
Building details
Alternative namesThe Ruins
General information
StatusPreserved as dilapidated
Architectural styleItalian architecture
Town or cityTalisay, Negros Occidental
Named forTaj Mahal of Talisay
Construction startedEarly 1900

The Ruins is the remains of the ancestral home mansion of the family of Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson and Maria Braga Lacson. It is situated in Talisay, Negros Occidental, Philippines. The mansion was built in early 1900s and inspired by Italian architecture.[1][2][3][4]


The Ruins in Talisay, Negros Occidental at Dusk

The ancestral home mansion of the family of wealthy sugar baron Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson who built it in early 1900s, in memory of his Portuguese wife Maria Braga Lacson, who had died during the birth of her eleventh child. It was constructed on a 440-hectare plantation in Talisay City, Negros Occidental and burned down by the guerillas during the Second World War to prevent its use as military office by the invading Japanese forces. It burnt for 3 days down to its current empty cement shell.[1][2][3][4]


It is built in Italianate architecture.[1][2][3][4] The ruins is an example of brilliant architecture. Located on a sugar plantation in the Negros Occidental province of the Philippines, WWII Filipino guerrillas employed by the US Armed forces intentionally set the building on fire in order to prevent invading Japanese forces from being able to use the building as a headquarters. The intention was to burn it to the ground.

Current status[edit]

Known variously as the "Taj Mahal of Talisay", "Taj Mahal of Negros" and "Taj Mahal of the Philippines", it is in the private ownership of the great-grandchildren of Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson and Cora Maria Osorio Rosa-Braga. They have preserved it in its ruined state, amidst operational farmland, as a tourist attraction that can be visited for a fee or hired for events. It is open to daily visitors from 8am to 8pm for a small entrance fee of PHP100 adults, PHP 50 students and PHP20 children.[1][2][3][4]

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