Balai Daco, Lacson Mansion or what most people refer to simply as The Ruins showcase what is left of Don Mariano Lacson's ancestral home in the city of Talisay in Negros Occidental.
The mansion dates back to the 1900s when it was said to have been the grandest residential structure ever built. The mansion boasted with its 4-tiered fountain, lush floral garden, flamboyant furniture and fine china brought from trips across Asia and Europe.
Unfortunately, the house was burned down by guerrillas during the WWII. A gesture done to prevent Japanese soldiers from using the mansion as their headquarters. The A-grade cement that was used—which feels like marble when touched—helped preserve a lot of the very intricate neo-Romanesque details.
Tip: It is best to come and visit in the afternoon, just before dusk. The house provides a lovely view of the sunset that you can enjoy with a glass of wine or tea from the cafe.
(Bacolod City, Philippines, 2011)