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The Ruins (mansion)

Coordinates: 10°42′37″N 122°59′00″E / 10.7102°N 122.9833°E / 10.7102; 122.9833
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The Lacson Ruins
The Ruins in August 2023
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; 122.9833
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 Lacson Ruins are the remains of the ancestral mansion 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]


Situated on a vast 440-hectare sugar plantation in Talisay, Negros Occidental, the Lacson Ruins was the ancestral mansion of Don Mariano Lacson, a wealthy sugar businessman of the prominent Lacson clan. It was constructed in the early 1900s in memory of his late wife, Maria Braga Lacson, who died while giving birth to their eighth child.

During World War II, Filipino guerrillas took decisive action to prevent Japanese forces from using the mansion as a military headquarters. They set the mansion ablaze, and the fire raged for three days, reducing it to ruins. Despite the extensive damage, the foundations remained intact.

For generations, Lacson's heirs consistently maintained the property, valuing its sentimental significance, especially in memory of his wife. Today, the Lacson Ruins is considered to be one of the most iconic architectural landmarks of the Philippines, symbolizing both historical resilience and personal legacy.

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 descendants 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 an entrance fee of PHP150 for adults, PHP100 for senior citizens or PWD, PHP 80 for students and free for children. The fee is PHP1000 for those who will take photoshoots.[1]


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