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 name
Taj 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
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]


The Ruins in Talisay, Negros Occidental at Dusk

The Ruins was the ancestral mansion of the family of wealthy sugar businessman Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson built on a 440 hectare sugar plantation in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, in the early 1900s in memory of his Portuguese wife Maria Braga Lacson, who died during the birth of their 8th child. During the Second World War, Filipino guerillas burned it down as a countermeasure to prevent the invading Japanese forces from using it as a military headquarters. It burned for three days. The intention was to burn it to the ground.[1]

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, among 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 am entrance fee of PHP100 for adults, PHP 50 for students and PHP20 for children.[1]

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