Nestled in the heart of Bacolod, the City of Smiles lies a hidden gem known as The Ruins’ Embrace – a place where history and warmth intertwine to create a captivating experience. Bacolod is renowned for its sugarcane fields and vibrant festivals, but it is also home to the charming suburb of Talisay, where The Ruins’ Embrace resides. This unique destination is a testament to both the enduring spirit of the Negrenses and the striking beauty that remains even amidst the ravages of time. The Ruins’ Embrace is an exquisite mansion originally built by the wealthy sugar baron Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson in the early 1900s. This mansion was an embodiment of opulence, with its Italianate architecture and sprawling gardens, making it one of the grandest homes in the region. However, during World War II, the mansion was intentionally set ablaze by the guerilla forces to prevent it from falling into the hands of the Japanese invaders.
What remains now is a hauntingly beautiful skeleton of a once majestic house, adorned with creeping vines and lush foliage. As you stroll through its towering Corinthian columns and arches, the mansion’s history whispers to you through the warm Bacolod breeze, leaving you in awe of the resilience of the Negrenses. Talisay’s Warmth is not just in its climate but also in the hospitality of its people. The locals have transformed The Ruins into a haven for visitors, sharing the remarkable story behind its destruction and subsequent rebirth. You can explore the beautifully landscaped gardens and even enjoy a relaxing picnic amidst the tranquil surroundings. At night, the mansion comes to life in a spectacular display of lights, casting a romantic and enchanting ambiance. The Ruins’ Embrace has also become a favored venue for special events and gatherings, a place where people come together to celebrate love, life and the enduring spirit of the city.
The warmth of Talisay extends to the flavors of Bacolod’s cuisine as well. The city is famous for its delectable culinary offerings, particularly the mouthwatering chicken inasal, a local specialty known for its distinct flavor and served with a generous helping of garlic rice and atchara. As you indulge in these culinary delights, you will find yourself immersed in the local culture, experiencing firsthand the genuine warmth and friendliness of the Negrenses. In the ruins Embrace, Bacolod’s heart and history converge, creating an enchanting haven for travelers and locals alike. This place is a testament to the indomitable spirit of the people of Bacolod, who have transformed the remnants of a tragic past into a symbol of resilience, beauty and hope. In every stone, every vine and every smile, Bacolod welcomes you to experience the warmth that emanates from its heart, making it a destination that will forever hold a special place in your own heart.