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The Ruins of the Mariano Ledesma Lacson Mansion in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines dates back to the 1900s when it was built by the sugar baron, Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson, for his first wife, Maria Braga, a Portuguese from Macau whom he met in his vacations in Hong Kong. The mansion‘s structure is of Italianate architecture enhanced by a belvedere complete with renaissance-type balustrading typical of the homes of English ship captains. It was burned down in World War II to prevent the Japanese from using it. It is was opened to the public by descendants of the original owner and is listed as one of the 12 of the World’s Most Fascinating Ruins.