Stories Behind the Mansion
headquarters. Apparently, it took three days before the two-inch thick wooden floors turn to ashes. One can easily see that it was built to exceptionally high specifications as the whole structure still stands proud and mighty in the center of Don Mariano's vast sugar cane fields. As I took shots of it, I got mesmerized by the careful attention to detail and can only imagine the meticulous planning involved.
Some Charming Details
Café at The Ruins
I have digressed from my original plan of dealing more on the architectural highlights because of the drama, evident in every corner of the place. For quite a while, I was caught in the whirlpool of romantic fantasy; of lost loves, it's painful and sad endurance. Indeed it's difficult to put pain into words and some people deal with it by illustrating and crafting various art forms. In the case of Don Mariano, I'm sure he created this monumental masterpiece to fill the emptiness in his soul after losing his wife. For most perhaps, the mansion is just a remnant of the once affluent lifestyle of sugar barons; a decadent reminder of the huge gap between the rich hacienderos (plantation owners), and the poor farmers in the Philippines. For hopeless romantics, it's the ultimate expression of the extreme, lingered passion of Mariano for Maria.
But alas, I realized as I was thinking how to end this, how really simple the concept is, behind this ravaged mansion; BUILT TO LAST, just like TRUE LOVE...The Ruins.