For Maria from Mariano. In 1911, sugarcane baron Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson built a mansion in loving memory of his Portuguese wife Maria Braga. She was from Macau and he first met her while on vacation in Hong Kong. Maria died in her 11th pregnancy and Mariano raised their ten children in this mansion until guerilla fighters burned it down. That prevented the Japanese Imperial Army from using it as headquarters during World War II. Listed as one of the most fascinating ruins in the world, it is now shared by the descendants to the public. The grandeur of the remaining frames is a testament of Don Mariano’s immortalized love.