“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
I Corinthians 13:13
I got to visit The Ruins at Talisay City, Negros Occidental. It is a famous destination for visitors of the city and also known as the “Taj Mahal of Negros”.
The mansion is big and the garden surrounding it is fascinating. It was a perfect home for the big family of Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson, who married a Portuguese lady, Maria Braga. Indeed, they had a very big family. The couple had 10 children, and when Maria was pregnant to their 11th child, she slipped in the bathroom that caused her life. It happened year 1911 (no transportation, no hospitals nearby). Don Mariano decided to build the mansion in honor of his wife whom he loved dearly. Their children can stay in the mansion as long as they are not married yet.
According to stories, the mansion was built using the best materials. The walls are still very glossy at present because the finishing was built with egg whites mixed with cement. Don Mariano built the mansion as a symbol of his beautiful love to his wife. But during the World War II, the family had to flee and left the mansion and everything in it. News came that Japanese armies might use it as headquarter, thus US forces burned the mansion to prevent it.
And now, only its strong walls and frame remain. Same with the Taj Mahal, both structures were built as symbols of LOVE.
Then I am reminded of the greatest symbol of love I know. The empty cross showed the greatest love…when one person willingly died for sinners. Dying for someone who doesn’t even deserve it is TRUE LOVE.
Men can do so many things to show their love. When I was there, enjoying the view of the beautiful ruins, I was thinking and hoping that Maria knew how much Don Mariano loved him. No matter how big, extravagant and beautiful the mansion turned out to be, Maria never saw it, never experienced it. I was hoping that the symbol of love equates to how really she was loved.
The Ruins should remind us to demonstrate our love NOW…when people around us see, feel and enjoy our love.
What is your symbol of love?