The Ruins

Bacolod City, Negros Occidental

The Ruins
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Mary Love S.
4.0 Stars
9

It was my first time in Bacolod last month so I planned to do the most touristy activity... visit The Ruins. However, Mother Nature seemed to be against the idea as it kept raining when we were there. But after some (sweet) nagging and not so beautiful eyes, I managed to convince R with the help of his local dealers.

Hello, The Ruins.

I was so excited to take photos of the beautiful architecture. I even checked Instagram for inspiration.

We quickly paid for parking (PHP20) and entrance fee (PHP100/adult) and headed straight to the main attraction. However, I had no idea that the place gets packed on a Friday night.

I wasn't able to take a single frame without people or selfie sticks. And it made me frustrated that I ended up drinking two bottles of beer in no time. (Well, it was quite humid too that day as it drizzled half an hour before we got there.)

I settled with taking photos of the fountain and the interiors instead.

As much as I would like to join the group touring the place, the tour guide was speaking in local dialect so I was lost in translation.

But something magical happened. Everyone left around 7 p.m. and I had the whole place to myself!

Thank you, timer!
I quickly took snapshots of the majestic structure and even used the reflective glass table to get that beautiful illusion that the place is across a pond.

Some small groups came in 20 minutes later but I already got my shots by that time.

I guess it's best to go early on a weekday and if you're only free on weekends, come in late to avoid the crowd.

I'd definitely be back for some daytime shots!

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Josette P.
4.0 Stars
3

The Ruins is a Negros favorite. It has become a must visit place cause why not, the place has so much history to tell and a true testament of love. It reminds me of Temple of Leah except this one has already stood the test of time.

It's called The Ruins as this is what's left from the house of the Lacson's; a prominent family in Bacolod. The house suffered from a big fire that lasted 2-3 days but surprisingly it left most of its outside structure. Dubbed as the Taj Mahal of the Philippines due to its beautiful structure and a house made of love. A guide is sharing all the historical information about this beautiful place while there's a cafe outside for those who are just taking it slow. A shuttle service is now being provided as this place is kept well near the Silay airport so I suggest going here before leaving. Also, an entrance fee of Php 100 is being paid well for its maintenance.

The place is beautiful and I remembered a scene of LizQuen by the fountain. Haha. It can be a little crowded so it's hard to take a really good photo. This is a must visit in Silay.

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Will F.
5.0 Stars
6

In the middle of Sugar Cane Plantation, you can find a beautiful place.

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Aileen L.
5.0 Stars
10

"The TAJ Mahal of Negros"

Another bucket list ✅9992

Celebrated our 17th Post wedding anniversary last weekend at Bacolod and the most awaited part of our trip is to see The Ruins located at Talisay in Bacolod.

We decided to go there at around 4pm as suggested by the people in Bacolod. That's the time we can see the best view instead in the morning. From our hotel at L'Fisher Hotel we ride a taxi going to the ruins, we paid around 300 pesos with metered taxi , then paid entrance fee of 100 each.

I can't believed that I'm finally here. We had pictures on every corner of this beautiful ruins. We even go inside the souvenir shop and bought a miniature of the ruins , ref magnet then keychain. Happy to bring them home.

Then they have a cafe just in front of the ruins and had our early dinner there while serenade by good music. We had ribs and napolones for dessert. There's another souvenir shop for delicacies and bought Piaya, Bacolods famous delicacies.

Then we left almost evening so the ruins has been lights up and it's more beautiful 128525 I won't tell you how is this place called Ruins which is my question also when I was there , now I know so you should go there too for you to find out.

There was shuttle services if you don't have a car and that's we do, it's more cheaper, 50 pesos per person, we were dropped at Robinson Bacolod which is one jeepney ride from our hotel .

Dream come true. Instagram worthy . The Ruins is 10084

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Julie L.
3.0 Stars
5

They've improved their cafe and pasalubong area. Also they have added a band playing the background.
Entrance 100PHp.

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Patrick V.
5.0 Stars
5

Probably the one of the highlights of the Bacolod leg of our Visayas Backpacking was this place, aside from the awesome food (Shoutout to 21 Restaurant and Calea).

From downtown Bacolod, you need to ride a jeepney with a "Bata" route. Ask the driver to drop you off at Pepsi. The travel takes more or less 15 minutes from the city proper and the fare costs around P8 or P10 if I remember it correctly. When you get off the jeepney, you will easily see the signage that says "This way to The Ruins". They charge P10 per person, however they might charge you more if you are alone and you're not willing to wait for other passengers.

Entrance fee is around P100 which seems a little too much but I think it's OK considering the amount of effort they need to preserve this beauty. It opens at 8:30 am and closes at 8:00 pm.

Don Mariano Lacson built the mansion for his wife Maria Braga. He entrusted the design and building specifications to Luis Puentevella, a local engineer. It was completed to perfection and they lived happily with their children.

However, during World War II, the guerilla forces of the Americans burnt down the mansion to prevent the Japanese from using it as headquarters. It burned for three days and what was left was the entire skeletal frame of the mansion.

It is popularly dubbed as "the Taj Mahal of Negros" and is one of the 12 most fascinating ruins of the world.

PS: If you get hungry, they have a small cafeteria and coffee shop! 128076🏻

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Gladys M.
5.0 Stars
6

The Ruins will always be the highlight in visiting Negros Occidental. We roam around the ruins without a tour guide since there are none available, plus the weather is gloomy so we haven't had the chance to see more of the beauty of The Ruins during sunset. Nevertheless, you can still enjoy the view.

*Note: Bring id/s if you are still a student so you can save. Ninety-five pesos is the regular entrance fee. You can get 50 pesos off if you show your school id to the attendant.

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Avarlyn Dantes A.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Pat D.
4.0 Stars

The Taj Mahal of Bacolod! They also had the best tour guide I have encountered :)

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Chels M.
4.0 Stars

For picture purposes only. Nothing more.

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Jinky U.
5.0 Stars

When in Bacolod, a visit to this place is a must! And it's easily accessible via public transportation (jeep+tricycle,taxi).
I was booked as a wedding supplier for my trip here. The ceremony and reception was held in this place. And it was the perfect venue for such a special occasion. The view here is breathtaking in the daytime (ceremony was at 3pm) as well as at night (dinner reception and partying after).
I can imagine that this place would be perfect too for prenup shoots and predebut shoots.
You'll get plenty of Instagram worthy shots here and capture a lot of arte/artistic selfie moments too128077128521.

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Kaye B.
4.0 Stars

The facade is majestic but you can't really do anything here other than "picture-picture" :( They said it's better to go here at night because of the lights :)

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Kathleen T.
4.0 Stars

Talisay, Bacolod has also something to offer just like Silay City and they're both historical. The Ruins never misses a Bacolod tourist's bucket list, it's one of their signatures you know. Going here's also a piece of cake. If you're coming from the streets near Lacson, you just need to ride a jeepney plying to a tricycle terminal which are bound to The Ruins, it won't cost you more than 200 for the fare. Best time to go here is during morning so there won't be that much nuisances for your selfiez and instagram-worthy photos! (I had to call it Instagram worthy because the place is really nice)

There is also a restaurant beside the structure and it's Cafe by The Ruins, just by the Café's facade I can say it's kinda pricey so we didn't bother going close hehehe. There's also a stall near the café where they are selling sugarcane juices with calamansi, it costs 50 pesos and the cup is kinda huge!

The Ruins of course isn't just the structure itself, there's more behind it. There's a garden where you can lay down, it's sooo huge. Around 1 hectares I think technically speaking. There's also a pathway filled with flowers and it's one of the place's photo spotzzz. I have to admit it's really pretty. There is also a pond there with some benches and this is the "date spot", at the edge of the place, there's a stonehenge-inspired park where you can see suspended stones in a stage.

Did you know that The Ruins is a former residential house? It was built in the 19th century and it was also the largest house back then! The furnitures in it were really expensive and well-picked that's why it's already popular since forever. Unfortunately, the naked face of The Ruins is a remnant of the early stage of World War II, it had to be burnt down to prevent the Japanese forces from utilizing it as their headquarters.

Maybe that's why it's named as The Ruins because it was ruined (hahaha I'm joking).

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Ron M.
5.0 Stars

Booming bacolod masskara festival 2015! Finally after 3 years of trying to book a cheap flight during masskara festival we've finally got one and well we were able to push through despite the bad weather it would've been a nice trip if i had the #loolooexplorerpackgiveaway with me

This was the first place we went to straight from the airport, we were all exhausted and still sleepy due to the extremely early flight schedule, the first time i saw the remnants of what was considered as the taj mahal of the philippines, i was amazed seeing it for the first time and that i was eager to know what it looked like when it wasn't destroyed yet, too bad there weren't any available portrait of this mansion

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Donna K.
5.0 Stars

I have been going back and forth to Bacolod for years. I’d usually be there on Summer or Semestral breaks to visit my grandmother, and back then all my cousins and I did was go swimming and eat. So yes, I’ve been to Mambukal, Santa Fe and other resorts, waterfalls and beaches Bacolod has. 128539

So if you do find yourself in the City of Smiles, 128513 The Ruins is definitely one place you should have on your travel bucketlist. (Aside from tasting all the good food that is. Ahh, I miss the place already.) 128025127835127831127805127820127823127819127856

I was born in Bacolod and it’s my mother’s hometown, you’d think that I’ve been to this place often - but sadly, I haven’t. It’s was only recently when my cousins decided to bring me to this beautiful place filled with such fascinating history. (In my whole 27 years of existence I didn’t know this place existed until it became a hype!) 128554

We got there by taking the really bumpy back roads through the grasslands (I’m really not sure if it’s sugar cane lands or just your regular grass, sarreh the ride was terrible.) 128534 It was the “shortcut” according to my cousin. (But lemme tell you, it was the longest shortcut of my life!) 128555 When we finally got there we had to pay an entrance fee of P60/head and they also had a price for kids, which I forgot. They do give student discounts, but I didn’t have my ID along with me. It’s a small price to pay to experience the grandeur of the place. I just think the entrance fee for kids was kind of unreasonable because hello, what would 3-year-olds get from the experience? 🙄 All they wanted to do was run around in circles and pull the leaves off the plants. Ranting aside, If you don’t have a car, there are taxis that bring you the place at a “kontrata” rate and there are tricycles too. 9786

Moving on, a little history as shared by the very entertaining tour guide and my relatives:

The mansion was built in the 1900s by one of the sugar tycoons: Don Mariano Lacson 128104🏻 whose family was the wealthiest at that time 128176128176128176, and according to my tita the Lacson Mansion was the largest mansion in all of Negros and they were the envy of the entire city. This family spared no expense in building the place or in decorating it. Most of the materials used in building this mansion were purchased abroad since the father of Don Lacson’s wife was trader and had a ship to transport the best of everything from Europe. Heck, even the 4-tier fountain situated in front of it was imported. They said they Lacsons had the finest china and the most luxurious furniture that they were literally the “talk” of the town. My lola would often tell me how how small Bacolod is that everyone knows everything about everyone. (Experienced that first hand haha!) The architecture was based on an Italian design. The neoclassical European design was the “in” thing back then and I guess it was also under the influence of Don Lacson’s Portuguese wife.

They said the mansion had this “sparkle” to it when you went during noontime. Didn’t get to see that since we got there rather late, but I’ll take their word for it. The sparkle was due to the egg yolk 127859 that was mixed in the concrete during construction. (Hmm, I should really look into this – I’d want my house to sparkle too, jk)

The Filipino guerrillas 🇵🇭 who wanted to prevent Japanese 🇯🇵 occupation burned the mansion in World War 2. The superficial layer of the mansion went down in flames 128293 but the concrete structure is still there and that’s what we see today. Yes, that’s just the skeleton of the mansion. According to the guide it took days before the place was burned down, the construction and the materials used for this mansion were made to withstand natural disasters like earthquakes and typhoons 🌪🌧, and that explains how the foundation is still there and is safe for tourists to walk in. So far, I haven’t heard any news of restoration but that would be a great idea; imagine being able to walk through the entire house in all it’s old glory, compared to just roaming around in one level. Where they ‘barely’ had the dining room restored.

I went there with my cousins and little nephews during sunset but I was too busy exploring the place at that time that I didn’t get to take a shot of the sun setting on this beautiful structure. Would’ve been a sight for sore eyes that’s for sure. Instead, I took a photo of The Ruins at night. I wanted to kick myself for not bringing a tripod, but I made do with what I had which was solid ground and my shoe. 128095 I love how the lighting really brought the mansion back to life, it was truly magical, and it’s no wonder a lot of couples choose to have their pre-nuptial photos taken here. 128145

If you’re hungry, fret not because they also have a small restaurant and café in the area, my cousins discouraged me from trying anything there because it was kind of pricey for ordinary food but I’ll give it a try the next time around. They also have a mini-golf course. If we weren’t with kids, I wouldn’t mind spending more time there. Oh and they did have souvenirs in these shops too. But, yeah I wasn’t a legit “tourista” so they made fun of me for actually wanting to buy things from the visit. (Cousins can be really mean.) 128557

Though our trip was cut short because we had to be at my lola’s house early, but I really enjoyed learning more about my birthplace. There’s truly more than what meets the eye. I’m definitely coming back here to make the most of my visit and enjoy everything the place has to offer. 128513

Oh! A bit of trivia – some scenes from Everyday I Love You were shot in The Ruins (As corny as it seems, I actually enjoy watching silly Filipino Rom-Coms) Ya’ll should watch it too! 128586

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Ruth D.
5.0 Stars

After a very tiring climb to Mambukal (review pending), we decided to go to The Ruins since it was Lark C's first time in Bacolod. We went at about 4pm, as we wanted to be there around sunset time. However, it suddenly stormed, as in with heavy rains and strong winds. ⛈ It was still picture perfect though. 128525

This is probably the most beautiful ruins in the Philippines. Beautifully spooky. 128123

Last time I've been here was less than 5 years ago and the entrance fee is now PhP95 (or was it 90? 99?) from less than about PhP50. It wasn't disappointing though because there's now a better parking space, though not cemented, AND there's now a tour guide! Parang mansion mayordoma to actually tell the story behind The Ruins in a very entertaining way.

Aside from the ruined mansion, the huge lawn/garden has also been developed, perfect for more scenic photos.

During our visit, there were several food carts/trucks around. I'm not sure if they're there permanently but it was the MassKara Festival when we went and there were really a lot of tourists. So maybe they're not. 128541

If you plan to visit, they have a restaurant there so you don't have to worry about being in the middle of nowhere with nothing to eat and getting #hangry. 128513

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Alecs R.
4.0 Stars

You go to Bacolod to get fat. And that I did, but I also visited the Ruins. Kudos to the people who preserved this area and made sure everything is well kept. Only 40 PHP entrance for students and 95 PHP for adults. The place is not really big but this is an awesome venue for photoshoots, and or even weddings. Really awesome and the tour guide was funny as well.

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Lorraine E.
5.0 Stars

Not to be missed when in Bacolod 128525

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Jam V.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Jairus d.
4.0 Stars

Our Saturday ended with an obligatory visit to The Ruins. I was not up for it but I cave on Jay's persistence. He lectured one must not leave Bacolod without a selfie at the structure. Lol.

From what I heard, The Ruins used to belong to a sugar baron. It was the largest house at the time of its prime. American soldiers and Filipino guerrillas had to burn it down to prevent the Japanese invaders from turning the lavish mansion into headquarters.

Today, the remnants of the mansion still stands and continues to fascinate the locals & tourists.

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