This is what remains of a pre-World War II mansion that a Spanish-Filipino sugar baron built for his Portuguese wife. It was the biggest and grandest mansion, before It intentionally burnt in early World War II to keep the Japanese from using the mansion as their headquarters. Only the pillars, grand staircase, and parts of the wooden floor on the second floor was left after the fire, the grandest mansion of the time, broken. It stood as a white elephant until one of the baron’s descendants decided to restore the remains of the mansion.
Today, popularly known as The Ruins, the mansion is a tourist spot in the city of Talisay in the province of Negros Occidental, Philippines.