I love ruins, I'm too much of a wimp to go exploring derelict and abandoned places myself I do it vicariously and so can you: http://www.abandoned-places.com (There are lots of similar blogs exploring these haunting abandoned places) But back to the ones I visited.....
The Ruins, that's how they're known, a deliberately ruined mansion in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines. Built in the early 20th century by a sugar baron, the family still owns the estate and surrounding streets bear the daughters' names, it was destroyed during the Second World War to prevent it falling to the Japanese forces. Tales are told of the days and gallons of petrol and it took to burn the 20 metre long hardwood floorboards. Now all that remains are some of the tiles, the beautiful polished concrete and the gorgeous gardens.
Footnote. I hope to share more pictures from the Philippines but in the meantime for anyone out there planning a trip to South East Asia, please consider a visit. It doesn't have the profile of other destinations in the region (for Europeans at least, there were some tourists from the US) and the bride and groom made our local arrangements. In fact this beautiful country would never have been on my itinerary if it hadn't been for the wedding. So win win all around, one happy new couple and several happy old ones. Seek it out.
More photos and info here: http://bacolodtheruins.blogspot.co.uk