The Taj Mahal Of Negros: The Ruins

Le’ts visit The Ruins

Probably one of the most famous landmarks and a must-go-to for first time visitors when visiting Negros Occidental is The Ruins mansion.

Welcome to a place full of History & Architecture

The Ruins is an ancestral mansion built in the 1900s and is a brilliant example of Italian architecture. Known as the “Taj Mahal of Negros”, it was built in memory of wealthy sugar baron Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson’s wife, Portuguese-native Maria Braga.

In World War II, Filipino Guerillas intentionally burned the house down to prevent its use as a military office by the Japanese invaders. The mansion burned for three days down to its current empty cement shell.

Today, the Ruins is one of the top tourist destinations of Negros Occidental. It is one of the top attractions of the Island, and entices a lot of travelers. Once at the Ruins, a tour guide will tell you the story of this magnificent mansion.


From Bacolod City, take a jeepney (Bata-Libertad) plying to the north and ask the driver to drop you at the tricycle terminal near Pepsi Cola plant (Bangga Pepsi). (Fare: P10)

From Bangga Pepsi, take a tricycle and ask to be dropped at The Ruins at Hacienda Sta. Maria. Negotiate with the driver on how much the fare would be. (P20-100).

You can also opt to take a cab for less hassle.

Other amenities:

  • Venue for photo-shoots
  • Restaurant

Entrance Fee:

  • Adult – Php 100
  • Senior Citizens/PWD – Php 80
  • Students – Php 60
  • Children (below 8 years old) – Php 20

For Students/PWD/Senior Citizens: Bring your ID to avail of the discount!

Walk-in hours: 8AM-8PM