Visiting the Taj Mahal of Negros: The Ruins

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.

My cousin and I writing on the guest logbook

The ruins

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?

From inside the mansion, near the back entrance.

Behind the mansion, a beautiful fountain can be found in their garden. I wonder how it looks like at night.

My cousins and I chatting outside the mansion.

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. 




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    December 31, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    That is so great you had a good time. It really looks like such a special place. Love the photos! 😀
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    December 31, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    It looks like you had a lot of fun touring the ruins! It’s interesting to learn that egg whites are mixed in with the concrete. At least the egg didn’t rot :’).. Glad to hear that you enjoyed the trip!

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      January 4, 2017 at 9:55 am

      Thanks Nancy! 🙂

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    December 31, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    This place is definitely worth a visit! It looks like it holds so much history.
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    January 3, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    your cousin reminds me of a classmate back in my high school days – she always slapped the nearest person whenever she laughed at something and it annoys the crap out of me. i can tolerate a slap or two on the shoulder if it’s really, really, reaaally hilarious but if it’s a habit, it kinda irks me haha (especially because her slaps were loud and hard)

    these photos are really interesting! i’ve never been there so i don’t know but i bet it was a fun experience. not to mention it’s such an educative place! definitely the kind of place that i can see it be used as study tour purposes. very historical and majestic and interesting!
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      January 4, 2017 at 10:04 am

      Lol, if the slaps are that hard then it wouldn’t be funny for me anymore. My cousin’s laugh is so contagious that everyone in the room was laughing. Btw, yeah. The story is what really interests me the most.

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    January 4, 2017 at 12:18 am

    Everything looks amazing -it hurts my heart to see such beauty and read about the story behind it. Thank you so much for sharing!

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