Won’t “ruin” your day!

Bacolod Getaway Part 4:

Mansion Ruins

Bacolod City is not only the home of Masskara Festival, sugarcane plantations, and “sweet talking” people. It’s also the home of beautiful mansions – ruined and not.

mansion ruins

A week before we went to Bacolod, I happened to read an entry of a blogger friend, Kuya Dong, who was in Bacolod that time. He featured this ruined mansion and it’s where I got the idea.

On our way, I asked my officemate from Bacolod if she knows the place. Good thing she knows the place. Bad thing she’s not familiar with the route. I was hopeless because I know that I’m the only one who wanted to see it. Asa pa eh Certified Lakwatsero ako! Blame it on Kuya Dong’s pics (manisi ba). I couldn’t help to see the mansion ruins because of the pics that he posted. hehe.

I was overwhelmingly ecstatic, er, when Kat considered my suggestion and told us that we’re going to the place. Woohoo! The trip was scheduled on our second (and last) day. Jeez, I almost missed the trip ’cause I met my kumpare and inaanak at the mall. The place is a bit secluded and the route is quite tricky. My officemates started complaining and I felt like I couldn’t stand the pressure since it was all my idea. They would really kick my a** out of the car. That’s an exaggeration, though.

MY OFFICEMATES: “Lex, lagot ka sa min pag di maganda yung place. Ang layo pa naman ng biniyahe natin”.

ME: “Takte nakaka-tense naman kayo (with sweat dripping from my forehead). Chillax lang kayo, maganda naman dun”.

Facade of the mansion

Facade of the mansion

Their reaction when they saw the old mansion? Look at the pic above. Nag-unahan pang magtake ng pics. Tsk!

Side view of the mansion

Side view of the mansion

BRIEF HISTORY
The mansion was built by a sugar baron Don Marciano Ledesma Lacson in 1920. During the World War II, the mansion was burnt to prevent the Japanese dudes from occupying the place. It could have been a good idea if they let them took over the place first then burn it after. lols. Despite of its tragic fate, the mansion stood the test of time and began to attract tourists when it was opened to the public.

Hallway of the mansion

Hallway of the mansion

HOW TO GET THERE
From downtown Bacolod, it would only take you 20 minutes to get there. I think there are a lot of means of transpos going to the area. Make sure the driver knows the route pretty well ’cause you might get lost in the nearby “tubuhan”. lols.

Full view of the mansion

Full view of the mansion

WHAT TO EXPECT:
Be amazed by hundred-year old mansion built in an Italianate design. This is one, I think, of the most beautiful mansions ever built in the Philippines. No need to worry because this won’t collapse. But don’t expect you could run on the second floor ’cause the flooring there was totally burnt. And, this one’s roof-less. Kewl!

Veranda of the mansion

Veranda of the mansion

BEST TIME TO VISIT:
We went there before sundown and I think it’s the best time to be there unless you want to shove “unwanted subjects” as you do your own photo ops. The sunset gives the mansion a different glow. And it’s best enjoyed if you have your late afternoon coffee (or beer if it’s allowed).

A view from the second floor

A view from the second floor

WHAT TO BRING:
Make sure you have P25 in your wallet for the ticket. Bring extra money (which I didn’t have when I was there) if you want to buy some souvenir items. And guys, don’t forget to bring a camera for camwhoring purposes!hehe

Four-tiered fountain fronting the mansion

Four-tiered fountain fronting the mansion

The next time you set foot in Bacolod, include this mansion ruins in your list! It won’t ruin your day! Blame me if it would.

Check Kuya Dong’s post for better pics and more serious content.

P.S.
This would be my last post for my Bacolod Series (may ganun talaga eh no). I apologize if I bored you with my travelogues! lols.

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21 Comments on “Won’t “ruin” your day!”

  1. teresa Says:

    hindi naman talaga halatang na love at first sight ka sa mga pictures ng ruins ng makita mo to sa blog ni kuya dong eh noh?at talagang pinilit mong makapunta at masilayan ng personal.Imperness naman kasi,ang ganda talaga ng ruins, to think na “ruined” na yung place.Kung sa pics pa lang sulit na,how much more kung actual pang makikita..*inggit mode*

    pwede na talagang travelogue tong blog mo,ang galing ng pagkaka sales talk mo sa Bacolod, (beero lang ) hahaha!

    san ba next destination? dito na ba samin? hahaha! 🙂

  2. ced Says:

    wow! jan mo ba ititira si…
    hihihi

    hindi mo na naman kami sinama sa gala mo!
    dba tere?

    @ced: haha. sus ka! sa tingin mo matitirahan pa to? sige neks taym sama kaya para mas masaya.

  3. dong ho Says:

    hehehe… natatawa ako sa pag imbita mo sa mga kasama mo. biglang sila pa pala naging excited nung makita nila ang mansion.

    maraming salamat sa paglagay ng link papunta sa post ko dito. ayan pwede na ngang travel blog ito.

    paborito ko ang third and eight photo sa set na ito. galing! ganda din kasi talaga ang mansion na yan kahit anong angulo.

    hindi kami na bored sa post na to. bibong bibo nga.

    @kuya dong: oo nga eh. tsk! nung una talagang kinabahan ako kasi baka di nila magustuhan tas biglang mag-ayang umuwi. hehe. thanks kuya dong? pwede na ba kong mag-apply sayo? hehe. kahit sang anggulo nga maganda tignan yung mansion. buti naman di kayo nabored. parang gusto kong sumayaw ng “totot bibo”. ahehe. salamat kuya dong!

  4. teresa Says:

    @ced- sino ititira nya dun? haha!

    oo nga, di nya ako sinasama, i mean tayo pala. 😛

  5. lawstude Says:

    natuwa naman ako sa mga kasama mo. sila pa nauna sa pag-popose hehehe. i am sure vindicated ka sa panunuya nila habang papunta kayo doon.

    ganda talaga ng lugar ng makita ko yan sa post ni dom at pinatunayan mo lalo yan sa mga kuha mo. inggit kaya ako hehehe.

    pagkatapos ng boracay series ko may ipopost ako na mga old houses ng bagac. maganda yun. ingats.

    @kuya oman: oo nga eh. nakakahiya kasi yung dad nung officemate ko yung nagdrive tas yung kapatid naman nya yung tour guide. thanks kuya oman! sana mapuntahan mo rin to. i’m sure maganda rin magiging kuha mo dun. antayin ko yung post na yan. ingatz din kuya oman!

  6. hisnameisdencios Says:

    kay gandang tignan,
    ka halihalinang puntahan,
    kay sarap akapin ng nakaraan!
    ang ganda talaga sa Pinas!
    (paraan lang.salamat!)

    @hisnameisdencios: huwaw! ganda nun ah. makata ka parekoy! balik ka na sa pinas para makagala ka dito!

  7. beero Says:

    @teresa: haha. lab at pers sayt talaga eh no. lols. pero buti na lang nabasa ko yun bago kami pumunta ng bacolod. eh ano pa kaya kung di pa ruined yun? don’t worry makikita mo rin yun.

    naks! thanks ha! pwede na ba kong tourist ambassador ng bacolod? haha. uhm, basta ba libre food at accommodation eh, why not? hehe

  8. joshmarie Says:

    ang dami kong nakikitang blog posts about places na napuntahan nila… nakakaingget.

    @joshmarie: haha. yun siguro uso ngayon eh. tara biyahe tayo! lols

  9. mangbadoy Says:

    inperness na amaze ako sana nga di na nila sinunog ang ganda e… talaga nakaka amaze parang masarap mag tambling ng sampu tapos split after sa bakuran…

    may magaganda palang lugar sa bacolod wow! makabisita nga dyan minsan…

  10. teresa Says:

    walang problema,sus yan! seafoods naman ihahanda ko sau eh,(halatang ayw pakainin) haha! 😛

  11. Geisha Says:

    i love this mansion! and i dreamt of copying its design on my future abode. that is if mayaman nko that time..hahhahahhh

    i have to visit this myself!

  12. watusiboy Says:

    napapakanta tuloy ako ng: “tara na biyahe tayo..ang ganda ng pilipinas..ang galiiiing ng pilipino” habang binabasa ko ang entry mo. hehe.

    nakakatakot yung unang pic. parang haunted house. pero naappreciate ko yung mansion dun sa first picture. ang sosyal.

  13. beero Says:

    @mang badoy: mas ma-amaze ka pa pag makita mo talaga yun nang harapan. ahehe. at talagang gusto mo pang umi-split ah. hehe. sige maglibot ka sa pinas pag-uwi mo dito.

    @teresa: wag na. i’ll buy my own food kesa naman maisugo pa ko sa ospital dahil sa allergy. lols

  14. beero Says:

    @geisha: geisha: naks! ang yaman mo naman. hehe. yup, you should visit it yourself. di ka magsisisi sa pagpunta dun. satisfation guranteed ika nga. hehe

    @watusiboy: haha. sige sabayan kita sa pagkanta parekoy. maganda talaga dun. sana makapunta ka rin next time.

  15. hisnameisdencios Says:

    oo beero pagbalik ko(at pag mayaman na ko hehe) lilibutin ko ang Pinas talaga.

    (i wonder kung anu meron jan sa hating gabi hehe.)

    btw

    sa mundo ng arkitektura(ehem.. hehe) ang mga ganyang yaman sa pinas talaga pinepreserve yan. magagalit din ang mga historian pag tinibag yan.

  16. rio Says:

    wala akong masabi sa ganda ng mansion na ito.

    ilang araw na akong pabalik balik dito sa blog mo parekoy pero parang speechless ako..hehe

    naaliw ako sa kwento mo..

    san ang next na byahe? sasama kami nila teresa ha..

  17. beero Says:

    @dencios: hehe. sana nga mayaman ka na pagbalik mo ng pinas. para maisama mo ko sa paglilibot. lols. buti nga na-preserve pa to. kasi matibay talaga yung materials na ginamit eh.

    @rio: maganda talaga dun. sus ka! kaya pala ang tagal mong nakapagcomment dito eh. hehe. buti naman naaliw ka. lols. sa lucena daw eh. libre ni tere. hehe

  18. teresa Says:

    may sinabi ba akong libre? 😆
    parang ala ata..hmmn..mem gap? baka nga..hehe!

  19. jay Says:

    pls watch this guys and i hope you will really enjoy

    http://www.bacolodcity.gov.ph
    http://www.friendster.com/masskarafestival

    add nyu nlng ha dont forget to msg me.

  20. brotherutoy Says:

    bloghopping…

    isantaon ako sa bacolod, di ko man lang narinig yang ruins na yan. too much beer, i guess. hehehe…

    great pictures.

    God bless.

    @brotherutoy:
    di mo siguro nabalitaan kasi medyo may kalayuan pa sa downtown to brader utoy. siguro nga nasobrahan ka sa beer. cheers! hehe. thanks! god bless din.

  21. Mikko Says:

    Ang cool. Sarap siguro matulog dyan, pwede ka panoorin ng mga tao.


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