“The Ruins” – Talisay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines


 Look, what love can do. In India, the Taj Mahal was built  out of love. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built the white marble mausoleum to house the tomb of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. In Talisay city, Negros Occidental, Philippines, an edifice was built also because of love. Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson built this mansion for his wife Maria Braga, a Portuguese from Macau whom he met while vacationing in Hongkong. After her death, the construction began to continue the love he bestowed to Maria.
Now, the Taj Mahal is a tourist attraction and so with the Lacson Mansion, being called “The Ruins” after it was razed by fire for three days by the USAFE, (United States Armed Forces in the Far East) guerilla fighters to prevent usage of the edifice as a Japanese headquarters. It was cleared of debris, cleaned and spruced up by its owners, the Javellanas, and opened it to the public in January 2008.  Venues after venues were held here, like weddings, birthdays, etc.


This concrete skeleton became a witness of venues for love and for the continuing affection of Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson for his wife in heaven.


grand entrance






souvenir shop, restaurant and toilet


manicured lawn and gardens

 This is the chimney of the sugar mill of the family just across the street.
When you are in Talisay City, just ask the tricycle drivers. They know where it is. In my case, I hired a tricycle and the driver knew where to pass. He made a short cut into a subdivision.

Buenos Aires Mountain Resort

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Forty five minutes from Bacolod city, Barangay Iljan, Ma-ao, Bago City, in Negros Occidental, you’ll find this resort lies near the foot of Mt. Kanlaon and boasts of  its rural setting in an expanse of property that meets the modern and the rustic. This government run resort has been the source of pride of this barangay for owning two swimming pools, picnic cottages, and air-conditioned rooms for overnight visitors who wish to unwind for the weekends with their families relatives and friends.

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As I wandered around the area, getting lost somewhere got me to these wonderful scenes.

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A river inside the premises, still alive with clear flowing water

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A rural scene just like a painting

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Old trees with other lives clinging on

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Already prepared rice paddies

Accommodations range from Php1,000.00  –  Php 3,000.00


*Rooms for family use


*Resort’s Hotel


*View of the smaller pool from the hotel’s balcony
* 3 smaller photos courtesy of happysteps.net 


How to go there

From Bacolod City, take the Road Star Bus at the Bacolod South Terminal (Sambok) to Ma-ao, Bago City (P40/person). From Ma-ao Public Market, take the tricycle to Buenos Aires Mountain Resort (P150-hire).

Telephone numbers: +63 34 461-0540; +63 34 461-0164

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