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The Taj Mahal of the Philippines

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The Taj Mahal's history: "The Ruins" tells a tragic love story.

A mansion built by a sugar baron for his baroness that offers much more than its neo-Romanesque pillars and breathtaking beauty.

A mansion built by a sugar baron for his baroness that offers much more than its neo-Romanesque pillars and breathtaking beauty.

The Taj Mahal: "The Ruins," is a world-famous structure.

The city of smiles in the Philippines. Bacolod City is one of the most fascinating cities I've ever seen. It was constructed in the early 1900s. Known as the Taj Mahal of Negros because of its love and tragic history, which is comparable to that of the Taj Mahal. This is my first time visiting the Visayas. My first destination was to see the heritage houses in Silay City, Negros Occidental. It is located on the outskirts of Talisay and Bacolod City. If you're going to Bacolod City, this should be on your itinerary. Negros' Taj Mahal is a luxurious early-twentieth-century home. It's soothing and romantic, especially when the lighting is turned on around sunset. I thought it was spectacular, especially because I came in the morning and had to wait until night to view the sunset. I remember overhearing tourists discussing the lighting of the 440 hectares of gorgeous residences. It's worth the late-night wait because it's such an incredible experience. The enchanted lights enchantment has left a stunning scene in the left frame. It's most likely excellent for individuals seeking a prenuptial photoshoot as well as a wedding venue.

It was built in the loving memory of a sugar baron's wife. Mariano and Maria Braga were the parents of enormous families. Maria, however, fell into their bathroom following the delivery of their 11th child, causing her to bleed profusely. Mariano asked his horsemen to bring her a doctor because she was too ill to travel. However, Maria and the baby died before the doctor arrived. It was meant to be a tribute to Don Mariano's late first wife.

— According to historical evidence

History of the Taj Mahal: The Ruins

The rich sugar baron Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson met Maria Braga, a Portuguese lady from Macau, on one of his trips, and thus the story of this edifice began. He fell in love with her so immediately that it didn't take long for him to propose marriage to Maria Braga. The two then got married and settled in Mariano’s ancestral house situated on a 440-hectare plantation in Talisay. Their love resulted in the birth of ten children. It is one of the most well-known heritage sites in the country. It is the ruins of Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson's and his wife Cora Maria Osorio Rosa-Braga Lacson's ancestral house residence. In honor of his wife, he built a mansion. Mariano's house has a total of ten bedrooms.

During WWII, Filipino guerrillas and American colonial masters blew destroyed the mansion to prevent invading Japanese soldiers from using it as a military officer. The three-day explosion reduced the structure to its current state of being an empty cement shell. It was claimed to have burned for three days until only the facade, floors, and columns remained.

What is the purpose of "The Ruins" of the Taj Mahal?

It was designed by an Italian architect and is known as the Taj Mahal of Negros. It is privately held by the great-grandchildren of Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson and Cora Maria Osorio Rosa-Braga and is known as the "Taj Mahal of Talisay," "Taj Mahal of Negros," and "Taj Mahal of the Philippines." It is open to the public and can be visited for a fee or booked for events. The Ruins have become a tourist attraction not only because of their history but also because of their natural beauty, which is ideal for photographing. It is now in the private hands of Mariano and Maria's great-grandchildren, who have kept it in its ruined form despite being in the midst of operational farming. The front is attractive, including a restaurant and a large planted garden.

It was a great experience to visit the Taj Mahal at night when it was more colorful with light effects. If the moon had been brighter, the Taj Mahal would have been much more majestic.

It was a great experience to visit the Taj Mahal at night when it was more colorful with light effects. If the moon had been brighter, the Taj Mahal would have been much more majestic.

When you know the history of what transpired, you might feel both tragic and amazed at this spot. Overall, it's great how they've tried to maintain the remains while also adding some structure to make it more appealing to visitors.

When you know the history of what transpired, you might feel both tragic and amazed at this spot. Overall, it's great how they've tried to maintain the remains while also adding some structure to make it more appealing to visitors.

How to get there "The Ruins"?

1. Using Public Transportation

  • Take the "BATA" jeepney from the downtown center of Bacolod (prepare 10 to 15 pesos)
  • Request that the driver drops you off at BANGGA ROSE LAWN.
  • Take a tricycle to The Ruins (prepare 10-30 pesos)

2. Using the airport in Bacolod-Silay

  • You can take a shuttle bus (150 pesos) and request that the driver drop you off at Bangga Rose Lawn.
  • Take a tricycle to The Ruins (prepare 10-30 pesos)

    NOTE: If you are alone, the tricycle price to the ruins is about 30 pesos.
    If you share a tricycle with others, the fare is reduced to 10 pesos.
    Fee for Admission

    Adults pay 100 pesos.

    Students get 50 pesos (bring your school I.D)

    The Ruins are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday. until 8 p.m. The entrance fee is only 100 pesos.


It is privately owned by Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson and Cora Maria Osorio Rosa-great-grandchildren. They've kept it in its damaged state, surrounded by working farms, as a tourist attraction that may be visited for a fee or booked for events.

It is privately owned by Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson and Cora Maria Osorio Rosa-great-grandchildren. They've kept it in its damaged state, surrounded by working farms, as a tourist attraction that may be visited for a fee or booked for events.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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