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Won’t “ruin” your day!

November 5, 2008

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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Around Bacolod in Two Days

October 30, 2008

Bacolod Getaway Part 3:

Side Trips

A two-day trip in Bacolod was not enough to explore all the interesting sites there. With approximately 2 days, minus the traveling and sleeping time, you’d surely say “bitin”. However, our trip went on regardless of the limited time.

My officemates and I just made the most out of the time that we could spend and satisfied the wanderlust in us. Trying to ignore how short our time was, we wandered around the place and enjoyed our side trips.

My officemate’s bro, Charles, drove us to Lacson Street. Some streets in Bacolod are not congested so traveling there would only require minutes. On our way, we saw this odd looking place.

At first glance, I thought it was an ordinary fenced area. This is Luzuriaga Cemetery, located along Burgos Street. My officemate, Kat, told me that this used to be an exclusive cemetery of a prominent family in Bacolod. I think this is the only cemetery that is located in the middle of the street. Wow! Only in the Philippines!

We then reached Lacson Street. It was perhaps the most crowded street in Bacolod. A few steps from Lacson Street, you’ll see a man-made lagoon located at the center of the park. 

Beside the lagoon is an enormous “carabao and naked man” sculpture which is known to be done by Francesco Riccardo Monti. (Shoot me! I dunno who he is) lols.

From the sculpture, you would see the facade of the Provincial Capitol of Negros Occidental. 

We only passed by Negros Museum but didn’t see what’s inside it. We just headed to 888, a shopping center.

 

It has been a long walk from Lacson Street so we decided to have dinner first. It didn’t take us a long deliberation to decide what to eat. We’re in Bacolod, so we should eat chicken. lols. We dropped by this small restaurant called Lion’s Park. Uhm, it may sound like a zoo but it’s actually a resto. Here we I ate like a lion. Groaaarrrr…lols

[Burp] My stomach was bulging after the dinner. Then, we dropped by SM Bacolod and do some window-shopping. lols.   

After a quick stopover at SM, we went home to Kat’s place. We just rested for like 30 minutes and we (plus Kuya Raffy) went back to Lacson to meet Crystalle, Kat’s friend. We had our face tattoos after. woot!

Some wanted to ride roller coaster so we did. Waahh…ang tagal ko palang di nakapunta sa perya. Medyo karag-karag na yung roller coaster. Akala ko nga madi-derail. lols. I heard a girl asked her American beau, “do you have this in the US?”. I was like, “hello, di karag-karag roller coaster nila dun”. hehe. This is where Nash lost her voice. Nash, sigaw ka pa! hehe. Crsytalle dragged and forced me to ride the Octopus with her. Ayeeee! Ako pa hinamon nya! Ala akong ride na uurungan. lols

We went home at 2 AM. Wow! Never thought I’d stay up that long since I only had 2 hours of sleep the previous day. But the night ended with a blast! lols.

On our second day, we attended a mass with Kat’s family at Queen of Peace Parish. What makes this church different from other churches is that it has a very unique architecture. It takes on the shape of a crown.

It was already lunch time when the mass ended so Kat’s family suggested we should have lunch with them. We then went to Imay’s Resto & Bar. It was not your ordinary resto. The resto has a “wallful” of autographed plates as you could see below. Nice gimmick, huh!

I was freakin’ tired at the end of the day. But I wanted to visit more places. If we only had enough time, we’d surely invade more sites there. But our side trips were nevertheless enjoyable! woot!