Photographer's Note

The ruins of the once grand mansion in Talisay, Negros Occidental is one of the most imposing structures ever built in the island.

It is owned by sugar baron Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson and was built in the midst of vast his sugar plantation in the early 1900's and was said to be the ever largest residential structure at that time.

In the earlier part of world war 2, the house was intentionally set on fire by the United States Armed Forces in the Far East to prevent the Japanese from making it as its headquarters. It took days of inferno to bring down the roof and the two-inch wooden floors of the mansion that was never rebuilt.

“The structure of The Ruins is of Italianate architecture with neo-Romanesque columns, having a very close semblance to the facade of Carnegie Hall in New York City. In New England, they often were homes to ship captains. A belvedere, facing west, affords a beautiful view of the sunset in a glassed-in sunroom with bay windows,” a brochure of the place says.

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