Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Negros Occidental: Talisay City's The Ruins

Yehey! Meron na akong watermark! Parang ang hirap gawin di ba? Haha.

What would your Negros or Bacolod tour be like if you won't visit The Ruins? I honestly don't know anything about The Ruins at first but because of continuous research brought by excitement, I noticed that many bloggers really visit the mansion if they are just around Bacolod City. 

The Ruins is only 20 - 30 minutes away from Bacolod City. It is also very accessible for travelers who prefers to commute.

Entrance fee: Adults - Php 50.00 ; Students - Php 40.00

THE RUINS is also known to be the Taj Mahal of Negros and one of the 12 most fascinating ruins of the world. It is originally the Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson Ancestral Home built in 1990s and said to be the biggest residential structure in the area during that time.

Sugar baron Don Mariano built the mansion in the middle of sugar plantation in memory of his wife Maria Braga who died after giving birth to their youngest child in 1911. An unconditional love ♥

The mansion was intentionally put into fire during the World War II by the United States Armed Forces in the Far East (USAFFE) to prevent the Japanese Forces from using it as their headquarters. The fire lasted for 3 days because of the A-grade concrete used in the construction of the mansion which also made its marble-like surface.

 Main entrance
Only the guests used this entrance. The family members used the side door to enter the mansion.
M and M facing each other 
M for Mariano and another M for Maria
 Some pictures of the family with newspaper and magazine clippings about The Ruins.
 Mansion turned restaurant at night
 Columns and flooring not burnt in the fire
The flooring used in the mansion were 2-inch thick hardwood from the main entrance up to the dining room, with no joints. They were about a meter wide and were approximately 20.5 meters long.
concrete staircase

After the tour, it's time for picture taking!! Our tour guide was like 1,2,3 then takes the picture. As in mabilis. Haha. Sa ibang picture pa nga di pa kami prepared e. :)
(c) Majo Regilme

(c) Majo Regilme
 Yes, ang bongga! Uma-angle pa!! :)
(c) Majo Regilme
(c) Majo Regilme
Here is our tour guide which was referred by our driver/tour guide (kasi magaling nga daw!), Kuya Mars!!!
He jokes tapos poker face, minsan di namin alam kung seryoso o joke. Look for him when you visit The Ruins!
 They also have a souvenir shop and a coffee shop, i guess. :D

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Next post: Victorias City!!!


Thursday, July 19, 2012

Negros Occidental: Bacolod City

And to continue this loooooong series... Nakakabored magbasa no? Di bale, nakakabored din magblog! Haha.

This is officially the last day of our Western Visayas escapade but I still have a lot to share! Wait for more posts. :) I pre-rented a taxi for the entire tour. We checked out in the hotel early in the morning and proceeded with the tour, dala na namin lahat ng gamit. Tour will be Bacolod, Talisay, Victorias and Silay where the airport is. Less gastos and sagad ang time ng tour. :)

in front of Bacolod Public Plaza

Here's a closer look of the cathedral. As what I've mentioned in my previous post, we were able to pass by the cathedral the night before but it was already closed. This is the first place we visited in our Negros tour.

It was originally a small chapel and was declared as a cathedral when Bacolod was raised to the status of a diocese with a jurisdiction comprising the island of Negros in 1933. The structure was made of coral stones from Guimaras.
Historical marker of the Cathedral
Would love to go around the church but they are currently having a mass.
Centennial Belfry
was removed in the bell tower during the centennial celebration of the church

in front of Bacolod Public Plaza and beside San Sebastian Cathedral

Palacio Episcopal also known as Bishop's Palace, is considered one of the not so-so popular attraction in the city. It was established 46 years prior to the building of San Sebastian Cathedral.
(c) Gladys Villasaya
anti-abortion campaign


The plaza was constructed in 1927 as a place for recreation, political, spiritual and cultural activities. It is quite a popular site for outdoor picnics and concerts. The Masskara Festival is also held here yearly.
 Gazebo with inscribed names of Western Classical Musicians, Beethoven, Haydn, Wagner, Mozart
planted by Pres. Manuel L. Quezon on October 19, 1938 during the inaguration of Bacolod as a chartered city
 Built in honor of an unknown soldier
"He fought for flag, for God, for you and me that we may live forever free."


This seven-story tower built in honor of Pope John Paul II was inaugurated and opened to the public February 2010. It houses memorabilia during the Pope's visit in the province on 1981. There are also photos, newspaper and magazine clippings about the Pope.

We were there before 8am and I believe it is still closed but our driver/tour guide asked the caretakers if they can let us in. And they did. Solo namin ang buong tower. Each floor showcases different stories in life of the Pope.

Entrance Fee: Student with valid ID - Php 5.00 ; Regular fee - Php 20.00
My ka-birthday, Pope John Paull II :)
 Chair used during the Pope's visit
 Pictures of his family and childhood.
 The pope is known of his love for the youth.
cross on the top-most deck of the tower


Just a glimpse of the place during day time. Here's my previous post - http://chingkyquijano.blogspot.com/2012/07/travel-from-guimaras-to-bacolod-city-of.html


We again arrived early than its usual operating hours. Kuya, our driver/tour guide asked the care takers to let us in. They did! Thanks to Kuya again!! :)

Conceived in 1987, the Negros Museum opened on March 16, 1996 and served as Negros Occidental's provincial museum. The Negros Museum was the former Provincial Capitol building where the past governors of Negros Occidental held office until the early 1970's.

Student Entrance fee is Php 20.00
life sized replica of a train used to transport sugar cane has been donated to the museum by the foremost sugar company in the province and in the country, Victorias Milling Company.
A 40-foot "batil" or boat recontructed by Negrense boat builders from the original 200 year-old keel is set upon a platform where visitors can peer into its interiors, loaded with items that it once carried from a bygone era up.

Antonio Chan Gallery - the greatest exporter of sugar all over the Philippines. He is also the father of Jose Mari Chan which still has a vast plantation in Binalbagan, Negros Occidental with Pepsi Co as one of their main clients.
(c) Gladys Villasaya
This piano was personally donated by Jose Mari Chan.
 (c) Gladys Villasaya
exhibit which centers on the life in sugar plantation
(c) Majo Regilme
(c) Majo Regilme
(c) Majo Regilme

There is a personnel who approached us right after we finish touring ourselves in museum. He told us that if we still have a time, he will tour us in a toy gallery. Of course we agreed! It is the JMG Gallery of International Folk Art and Toys. (taking pictures inside is not allowed)

The Gallery houses a permanent exhibition of international folk art and toys, the core of a collection put together over a period of 20 years by Mara Montelibano. The collection on display consists of more than 2,000 items, representing work from 60 countries. The exhibition boasts of increasingly rare native toys, which are items of folk art handcrafted meticulously to entertain, amuse and encourage socializing among children in communities. The museum is named in memory of the donor's father, Jose Garcia Montelibano.

We enjoyed the tour! It is a must visit exhibit! Ms. Mara Montelibano is amazing! The many many many toys displayed is just 1/3 of her collection!


Looking for pasalubong? Go for Bongbong's! There are also other pasalubong centers around the city. Also visit ANP Showroom and Merci's!

along the highway of Brgy. Alijis


Owned by the Negros Occidental provincial government, it is used for football matches, and is the adopted home of the Philippines national football team. The stadium itself features replicas of the landmarks of the thirteen cities and municipalities of Negros Occidental.
(c) Gladys Villasaya
Sample replicas:
City of Kabankalan
 The stadium where my boyfriends used to play. Hahaha.
We were there June 7 and they have a game on June 10, sayang much!


Di ko alam bakit walang wala yung city hall namin sa city hall nila! Ang bongga lang!!
 A huge smile from the City of Smiles :D

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Next post: Talisay City!!