Friday, October 10, 2008
a region that's known for its haciendas and mansions has yet another secret to reveal. one of Bacolod city's new tourist attraction is the ruins of a mansion.the mansion was built during the 1920s by a sugar baron named Don Marciano Ledesma Lacson. the mansion was based on an Italianate design. the mansion was burned by the US armed forces during the early part of World War II to prevent the Japanese regime to make it as a headquarter.now it stands as a historical structure of a ruined mansion surrounded by a sugar cane field. the local officials then decided to retain and preserve what remained from the burnt mansion. they re-developed the landscape of the area and is now attracting a lot of tourists.they were also able to refurbish the mansion's four-tiered fountain which adds a beautiful aura of the place. a damaged tower from outside it's area also stands high as a welcome post to the visiting crowd.when you enter the mansion, you'll only see the beams of the structure which yet displayed a scenic view of the mansions interior. you'll notice the garden area inside the mansion on one side and the dining hall on the other side.there's a verenda facing the mansion's garden. people can dine in this area as food is served within the mansion.on the second level, what remained from its flooring are the building's foundation and parts of the veranda. you'll see the beautiful pillars of the windows from there.what i like most in the structure is its staircase that gives you a view of the garden, the main door's pillar and its belvedere.the Ruins is open to the public with a minimum entrance cost. it is open from 8:30am to 8:00pm. a tourist guide is available if you want to learn more about the mansion and its history.they also recommend that you see the structure at night as lights adds projection to the mansion. it is just 15-20minutes away from the town proper of Bacolod.