Campuestohan Highland Resort was amazing, but it was time to go to another place before going back home. The Ruins, which I always see on my feed on social media, is filled with a history of love, loss, and tragedy. It looks majestic and mysterious in photos, but what greeted me was something more.
The tour was already starting when we went inside. We didn’t even know there was one, so it was good, nonetheless. The tour guide was really funny, at the same time, very informative. We laughed so hard at his stories and my cousin (the one in the above photo) was slapping me, as always when she laughs. her laugh was the loudest too. Haha! Do you know someone who’s like this? Anyways, that’s how entertaining the tour was.
Don Mariano built this in memory of his love for his wife, Maria who passed away because of an accident when she slipped in the middle of her pregnancy. He and their 10 children lived in this mansion overlooking his wide sugarcane plantation. The architecture is magnificent, the posts have an initial of two letter M’s which stands for the couple’s names. No wonder the concrete has a marble-like texture to it, that’s because they mixed egg whites with cement. I wonder how many eggs they cracked for this huge mansion. Lots of it, I’m sure. Anyway, during World War II, the guerilla forces had to burn it down so as to keep the Japanese from using it as a headquarters. Luckily, the frame of this mansion is still intact up to this day. It looks so majestic, how much more at night?
Behind the mansion, a beautiful fountain can be found in their garden. I wonder how it looks like at night.
Since Negros is known for their sugarcane plantations, we had to taste their sugarcane juice with honey on it after the tour. As expected, it was yummy. It was so hot that day that I finished the big cup in a matter of seconds. Lol, I’m exaggerating.
Our time here in this island is ticking, so we had to head to the hotel, get our belongings and leave. This trip was amazing but as most good things go, this has come to an end. Another adventure awaits.