The Glorious Past
The Mariano Ledesma Lacson Mansion is undoubtedly a true testament of the glorious pre-war era in Negros Occidental (thanks to the booming sugar industry in the region). Built by the rich sugar baron Don Mariano for his wife, Maria Braga, in the early 1900's, it stood as the biggest and grandest mansion in the whole province of Negros. Accounts even tell that this edifice, inside and out, was studded with the finest and most luxurious materials and furnishings that belittled all the other buildings during its time.
Came the second world war, this greatness was unfortunately short-lived. The Japs, as they came to occupy the sugarland, wanted the mansion to become their headquarters. To Don Mariano, it's unacceptable. Rather than be used by the occupiers, he chose to see the mansion burn down to ashes. Since then, only the ruins of the once glorious past remains.
Wednesday - April 17, 2013
The Ruins of Talisay City
Although the mansion now lies in ruins, its magnificent past is still very evident. Heirs of Don Mariano decided not to restore and reuse the mansion of Talisay City but rather immortalize its beauty by turning it into one of Negros Occidental's cultural landmark.
When my friends left me alone in Bacolod City (because they had to catch their early morning flight back to Manila) I decided to tour around and see the cultural treasures of the cities of Bacolod, Talisay and Silay before catching my return flight to Manila, still at around 6PM (minsan ok talaga ang kumuha ng last flight pabalik para may time pang makapag side trip).
|San Sebastian Cathedral (Bacolod Cathedral), somewhere near this church, I rode the jeep bound for Bata (Pepsi Cola Plant).|
|On my way to the Ruins|
Upon entering the place, my eyes almost popped out as it was truly a wonderful beautiful place. It will definitely not fail to put a guest in awe. Even if it lies in ruins, everything seemed to be very well maintained and things are arranged beautifully to attract tourists. What was left from the once luxurious mansion was the bare concrete skeleton.
|Now, people would see only the concrete skeleton of mansion.|
|Only A-grade concrete could withstand days of inferno. Intricate design of the building still intact.|
|a cafe inside the ruins|
|landscaped beautifully, the lawn has a fountain, wide open well-trimmed grassy spaces and colorful ornamental plants.|
After spending some time capturing the magnificence of The Ruins in my camera, I left the place to move on to my next destination. I wish I had more time to spend in this place. Next time, I'll stay longer and try the food in their cafe perhaps.
Continu reading here: Ancestral Houses of Silay