The Walks of Kulot

November 24, 2010, 9:34 am
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* I WOK’d in Talisay is part of the author’s 3-day travel journal from his first mini solo backpacking trip in Negros Occidental.

A Remnant of the past

After my ancestral house hopping and visiting the sugar cane plantation in Silay, I rode the yellow Ceres Liner Bus to visit The Ruins also known as the Taj Majal of Negros – a famous landmark in Talisay . On the way to The Ruins, we passed by a subdivision and I thought where could the historical place be in the middle of residential houses? Not until I’ve noticed an old structure in the middle of sugar cane fields.

The archway leading to the lawn where the four-tiered fountain is situated.

When I entered the gates of the mansion, I started to marvel at the sight of the Ruins. Standing proudly in the middle of a lush and landscaped garden is a whitewashed architecture in its skeletal form. With its aged structure and nearly dilapidated walls it still exudes elegance and grace – a testament to its glorious past. Known to be the ancestral house of Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson, the mansion was built in the 1900s. It was burned by guerilla fighters during World War II to avoid Japanese soldiers from occupying it as headquarters. The Ruins’ walls and renaissance-style columns were made from A-grade concrete reason why it strongly stands up to now.

The Ruins' architecture is Italianate inspired.

A lot of Bougainvillea in pots can be seen around the mansion.

The smooth marble-like balustrades made from A-grade cement.

The renaissance-style columns of the Ruins.

Today, the mansion houses a restaurant and café.

At sunset, the mansion suddenly transforms to a new life. Its Italianate architecture illuminates with a golden-yellow hue. It becomes a different person as it dispels a myriad of emotions to its amazed spectators. That moment I knew The Ruins was in its finest. “It’s worth the wait” I told myself.

The grand transformation of The Ruins.

The grand transformation of The Ruins at sunset.

The ornate Italian architecture of the building. Notice the shell details on top of the mansion? They say house designs like these were typical to owners who are ship captains.

Vintage. The Ruins+Cadillac

How to get to the Ruins: (from Talisay via commute) Ride a tricycle from the PEPSI bottling plant in Bata Subdivision towards the mountains. Enter the narrow road leading to Rose Lawn Memorial Garden, then, turn right and navigate the main road of Gold Crest and Octagon Villages. This will lead you all the way to the Ruins. For inquiries, text or call: (0917-8326003/(34) 476-4334) Entrance fee of P50.00.

Tip: It’s best to visit the Ruins during sunset. The Ruins also houses a café and restaurant. For other activities, try out their 18-hole mini-golf course for P50.00 (Children and adults)


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WOW!! Dammit I love your blog and photography!! I love the mood and composition. I just love it!

I saw your blog in Seair contest hehe, was thinking of joining but too lazy for now lol, it made me click the link kulot din kasi ako 🙂

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Hi Ada! Thank you for passing by. I think I’ve visited your Adaphobic blog before. You also take good photos. 🙂 I think you should start working on your entry, sayang naman. Who knows? you might be chosen. Kulot represent! haha Good luck!

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