Echoes of a Bygone Era The Ruins in Bacolod City
Known as The Ruins, this iconic structure was once a grand mansion built by Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson during the early 1900s. The mansion was designed to be a symbol of love for his Portuguese wife, Maria Braga. Unfortunately, tragedy struck when Maria passed away before the completion of their dream home. He employed skilled craftsmen from Italy who used only the finest materials available at that time. The result was an architectural masterpiece that blended European elegance with Filipino craftsmanship. However, during World War II, Bacolod City became one of the targets for Japanese forces due to its strategic location.
In order to prevent it from being used as headquarters or barracks by enemy troops, Don Mariano ordered the ruins his workers to burn down The Ruins before fleeing into hiding. Today, what remains are hauntingly beautiful ruins surrounded by lush gardens and towering trees. Visitors can explore these remnants and marvel at how they have stood against time and destruction for over seven decades. The Ruins has become more than just an architectural wonder; it has also become a symbol of resilience and undying love. It serves as a reminder that even amidst great loss and devastation, beauty can still emerge.
Aside from The Ruins, Bacolod City also boasts other historical sites such as Balay ni Tana Dicang – another ancestral house turned museum – which showcases artifacts dating back several centuries ago. There’s also San Sebastian Cathedral – one of the oldest churches in Negros Occidental – known for its stunning stained glass windows depicting biblical scenes. Bacolod City’s Abandoned Glory The Resonant Ruins Nestled in the heart of Negros Occidental, Philippines, lies a city that was once known as the Sugar Capital of the Philippines – Bacolod City. With its rich history and vibrant culture, it was once a bustling metropolis filled with grand mansions and opulent buildings. However, time has taken its toll on this once glorious city, leaving behind resonant ruins that tell tales of its past.