Bacolod City and The Ruins of Talisay
From Iloilo, we rode a sikad (padyak in Tagalog) going to Muelley Wharf. Fare is PHP 10.00.
Jessa and I already had our ticket back to Bacolod (care of Libreng Sakay Pabalik promo of Oceanjet), but it needed to be verified first at the ticket booth. One-way ticket fare costs PHP 300.00.
We’re just right on time for the ferry bound to Bacolod. But we had no more time to have our lunch. Buti na lang may picnic at chips pa kaming natira! (TIP: It’s good to have some chips or biscuits and bottled water with you, so in case there’ll be a delay in your itinerary and can’t afford to go or pass by a food stall, you’ll have something to grab when you get hungry.)
At 3:00 PM, the ferry departed. It was cloudy and windy then, with a bit of rainfall. It was a wavy ride. Super waves. Feeling ko nasa 3x rio grande ng EK! I was sitting on the window side and I can see how the waves hit the window shield. And on the other side, I can see na gumigilid ung ferry whenever there’s a big wave (parang tataob) 🙁
Eto na ata ang pinaka-thrilling na 1 hour ferry ride ko! And my friend, dahil sa hilo di kinaya, ang kinain na picnic, s*nuka din sa lalagyanan ng picnic! That picnic can is a savior!
Funny scene: After awhile, I offered her a candy but bago pa sya makapag-oo, nasubo ko na ang candy! Since wala ng candy, hinati ko na lang! Hahaha!
(TIP: Bring a lot of candies and medicine during travel)
At 4:15 PM, we arrived Bacolod. Thank God we arrived safe. Since, our friend has a friend, Tata, who lives here in Bacolod, she offered her Tita’s place for our stay. So from the port, we rode a tricycle going to SM (fare is PHP 10.00 with 5 minutes travel time). And from SM Bacolod, we rode a jeepney going to our friend’s place (Airport Village ?).
At 5:30 PM, we arrived at Tata’s place.
(TIP: I recommend Saltimboca Tourist Inn and Restaurant if you’ll be staying in Bacolod. Affordable and good place to stay in.)
When we arrived, syempre medyo nahihiya-hiya pa ako! We dropped and fixed our things in our room. After awhile, we had our dinner. Thanks Tata and family for the free accommodation and dinner!
Based on my itinerary, dapat by 6:00 PM, eh nasa road na kami to The Ruins of Talisay but we’re still on the dining table, eating! 😉
This is the part of the travel, if you have to stay on friend’s house, na minsan hindi na nasusunod ung own itinerary mo because you need to adjust also on their schedule. But it was not bad after all. At 6:30 PM, we left the house and headed to Talisay. The ruins will close at 8:00 PM and based on my research it will take us 45 minutes to get there. Since we’re running out of time, we’ve decided to take a cab. Grabe! Tinaga kami ng driver, he asked for PHP 500.00 going there and he’ll wait for us then will take us back to the city proper. We bargained pero ayaw pa din, wala daw tricycle going there, pero I know meron sabi may oras daw. Since we don’t have time anymore, we agreed on the price with konting angal! Hehehe…. 😉
For those, who will go to Talisay Ruins by commute. There’s a multicab (with Barangay Bata signboard) along Lacson St. going to Barangay Bata and just ask the driver to drop you at the street going to the ruins. And from there, there are tricycles going to the Talisay Ruins. Ask the tricycle driver for special trip (to fetch you since there were no regular tricycles from the Ruins).
The Ruins of Talisay (old Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson Mansion). We arrived at the The Ruins of Talisay around 7:40 PM, there’s an entrance fee of PHP 40.00. Mejo basa ang lupa, umulan kasi. And di ko na din naabutan ang dusk, which is a good time to take a picture of the mansion.
After all, it was still good then. The most beautiful ruins I’ve ever been so far. 😉
The structure of the mansion of the sugar baron Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson (1865 – 1948) is of Italianate architecture with neo-Romanesque columns. It is believed that the father of Maria Braga had multi influence in the design and architecture of the mansion. It was after the death of Maria Braga and became the residence of their unmarried children. It was the largest residential structure ever built at that time. The structure met its sad fate in the early part of World War II when the USAFFE (United States Armed Forces in the Far East), then guerilla fighters, burnt the mansion to prevent the Japanese forces from utilizing it as their headquarters. Despite the inferno that it underwent, bringing down the roof and the solid wooden floors, the structure has withstood the ravages of time mainly due to oversized steel bars and the A-grade mixture of concrete used in its construction.
I was surprised that there are live school of fish in the lagoon. Afterwards, we walked going to Cafe Calea. It took us 10 minutes to get there from the Lagoon. Cafe Calea is just along Lacson Street and they are known for their cakes. We tried their delicious cakes. (I’ll have a separate post for this!).
Afterwards, we decided to go home since it’s already raining.
Bacolod is truly a city of smiles. Good people, charming places, and appetizing food! A great city to go and explore. If I will be ask if I’ll come back to this place, definitely Yes! There are still more to experience!