Reliving the Love Story of The RUINS, Talisay City, Negros Occidental

Puppy Mood: Feeling the Love in the Air during the month of hearts~ ❤


Puppy Facts:

Built during the Spanish colonial era, Mariano Ledesma was an attractive young bachelor who owned a 440-hectare plantation in Talisay City, Negros Occidental. In one of his travels to Hongkong, he saw a young, beautiful Portuguese lady from Macau, Doña Maria Braga. It was like they were made for each other so it didn’t take long for Mariano to ask Maria’s father for her hand in marriage.


Blessed with 10 children, Mariano and Maria lived a life everyone could hope for. Unfortunately, Maria during her 11th pregnancy slipped in their bathroom causing her to bleed and miscarry. Mariano, sent his horseman to fetch the physician for her but the good doctor is about 2 days away. During the 4-day wait, he exhausted all his resources and personally sought for his wife needs. By the time the doctor arrived, Maria and the baby already passed away.


The brokenhearted and engulfed with grief Mariano thought of building a mansion in honor of his wife. The project would be the salve of his broken heart and reminder of his beloved Maria for the rest of his life. His plan was well supported by his father-in-law and provided Mariano of additional funds and high-quality materials. He even assigned his son, Felipe, to oversee the construction of their new home.

It was later, burnt down by the American colonial masters during the World War II to prevent its use as military office by the invading Japanese forces. It burnt for 3 long days to its current empty cement shell.


Puppy Seal of Approval:

Love is in the Air as it is February – the month of Love. What is more fitting but to visit a place where love has been cemented and lived for all the years. Those walls were built with the love of that special someone, a wife, a mother and family. It is only fitting to be called the “Taj Mahal of Negros/Philippines”.


The picturesque grounds and the mansion itself has been a popular spot for prenuptial photo shoots movies and alike. The building became such a strong symbol of culture and history. Indeed, your visit in Negros is not complete if you haven’t seen this piece of art.

I would suggest you either come really early in the morning so you can have the place for yourself or witness the beautiful sunset in this romantic place.


Travel party: Great for choice for family and barkada trip! Perfect instagram worthy place~

Budget: Entrance fee are as follows:  PHP100 adults, PHP 50 students and PHP20 children. There are many tricycle from North Ceres terminal that goes to The Ruins for at least Php 50 per person. Parking space would require you to pay at least Php20 for light vehicles.

Trip: Day-trip! It is open to daily visitors from 8:00am to 8:00pm.


Entry Number 13: SuTuKil Seafood in Bacolod

Something unique in Bacolod are foodstops featuring “SuTuKil”. It is the short cut for “SUgba” (grill), “TUla” (soup) and “KILaw” (Fish Ceviche). These three ways of cooking are always the blockbuster in any Ilonggo buffet.

Now imagine this… SuTuKil – SEAFOOD STYLE!!!!! Wooooofff~~~  **Tail wagging**

Me and  mum love sea foods! We practically eat  whatever we see food that is sea food! Get it? Get it?

Diotay’s Eatery located in 12th st., Gatuslao Bacolod City 6100 is just the place to be.  From Scallops, big fishes, squids, crabs and prawns, they have it. You can buy the fresh supplies and have them cooked right then and there.


What is your favorite? This pupper loves the Grilled Blue Marlin and the Calamares.

Have you tried eating here?


Exploring the Hidden Beauty of PATA-AN FALLS, Mailum, Barangay Maao, Negros Occidental

Puppy Mood: Out exploring while we have time!

Puppy Facts:

Sitio Pata-an is a quaint little town hiding in the outskirts of the Barangay Maao.  It’s best to ask for directions from the locals because the road going there is unpaved. The ride going there was not a smooth one. Most of the dirt roads are left rough and unkempt.

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A guard stays in a small waiting shed that serves as their entrance. As you go in, you are led by a winding pathway to the pool and overnight cottages.


Destination Landmark Rates
South Bound Ceres bound to:

Barrio Ma-ao

> It is approximately 1 hours of travel. Php 25-35 per head
Barrio Maao  – Pata-an > There are tricycles/habal-habal going to Pataan. They are parked along the road near the Terminal of Ceres Liners – by the marketplace. Ask the locals which one is going to PATA-AN. Php 50 per head


Puppy Seal of Approval:

A day out with mom with a nice weather is great! Pata-an Falls is a stop for puppertrippers who just want to sit and commune with nature. There is no signal there so be prepared of being detached from civilization which is FUR-fect for anyone who doesn’t want their boss calling them. Woof~~


Pata-an falls doesn’t form a belly – which is very unique. The water falls on a unique rock formation where people can lounge and enjoy a massage from the downpour. The falls provides a cool refreshing mist in the surrounding area that is sure to extinguish the heat from any summer. ❤

What I love about this place is the old century tree that stands near the base of the falls. It provides the shade and a picturesque background for your Instagram worthy pictures! Woof!


Travel party: Great for everyone!!! It is accessible by commuting or by those big cars for families. This place is pretty much straightforward and safe for little puppers and children alike.

Budget: Entrance is Php 50 per head. Day trip cottages range from Php 250-500.

Trip: Day-trip and overnighters. Overnight rooms would be Php 1500 to 2500.



Everybody will be flocking the beaches this summer. Crowded shores, rowdy groups and fully-booked resorts – then what? The sun is high up and you want to escape the hassle? Then this puppy explorer might just have something you’d like to consider.

Beat the Heat of summer with My Top 5 Waterfalls of Negros!

  1. MAMBUKAL MOUNTAIN RESORT Murcia, Negros Occidental:

  • A common recreational destination, it is just an hour away from Bacolod City in the municipality Murcia. This place brags – not only one – but SEVEN waterfalls!!! The trek going all the way to the 7th falls is worth it. You get to bathe on those cool fresh waters after a short hike up. Open even for beginner, this one is for list of must-go this summer.
  1. MAG-ASO FALLS, Barangay Oringao, kabankalan City, Negros Occidental:


  • Feeling like stepping up to your chasing waterfalls game? Then Mag-Aso Falls is
    perfect. Located about a three hours ride south from Bacolod City, all the travel is worth the view and experience. Come and dive in those deep glorious turquoise waters of Mag-Aso Falls. The basin is deep enough to cater those who would dare to do a “Cliff dive” from the little caves.
  1. GAWAHON MOUNTAIN RESORT, Victorias City, Negros Occidental:


  • A little more toned down and less commercialized. You would least likely find this place crowded. This place also takes pride of their seven different falls. A little walking distance from one after the other, truly this one is a nature lover’s treat.
  1. PATA-AN FALLS, Barangay Mailum, Bago City, Negros Occidental:


  • DO you want to spend a day just sitting and enjoying icy cold water shower? Then Pataan is just the right choice. Unlike the usual, the falls fall on a rock formation and shaded by a century old tree. You can spend a day just to relax sitting under the falls to extinguish the heat.
  1. GUINTUBDAN FALLS, Ara-al Road, Occidental, La Carlota City, Negros Occidental:


  • If you love the great outdoors, hiking, forests, swimming and random meet-and-greet with farm animals, Guintubdan is just for you. Approximately two hours and a half bus ride, you get to meet this splendor tucked in a quaint place of Ara-al. With a total of 6 falls and one spring, you get to exhaust you day swimming in the cool waters and beautiful mountain top scenery. You will be left with a filled heart and happy soul after hiking time of 15 mins to 45 mins from the different falls.

Remember, the beach is not the only place you could spend the summer buzz in. Sometimes, you just need a puppy nose for roads less traveled and a mum saying, SEEK!

Where are you off to next, puppy trippers? We’d like to hear from you, so don’t forget to leave a comment down below. Who knows…We might just be dropping by to explore your suggestion!


Getting away for a quick recharge at GUERRERO FARM, BRGY. CABATANGAN, TALISAY CITY.

Puppy Mood: Mom is so exhausted but it is nothing a quick dip in cold waters and a lung full of fresh air can’t fix.

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Discovering the Hidden Secrets of GAWAHON ECO-PARK, Victorias City Negros Occidental

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Some Peace and Quiet in BANTUG LAKE RANCH Brgy. Alangilan, Bacolod City

I’ve heard from a good friend that there is a nearby ranch that you can spend a day lying on a hammock… from that point on I was sold to the idea.

Puppy mood: Feeling lazy… I’d like that hammock please.

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