It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home. Now to continue on with The Ruins:
Today, the Sta. Maria stands as one of the The Most Fascinating Ruins of the World. Who would ever thought a memorial for a dearly departed would one day put Talisay City on the map. For 60+ years it stood godforsaken deep in the acreage. It has withstood the test of wars, natural calamities, and human misdeeds, until sometime in 2007 when conservationists discovered the structure which led to its restoration to what it is now today.
The Ruins — as it is now called — was named by The Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) as the best landmark in the Philippines. The 4th recipient of such acclamation as an architectural accomplishment (following the Banawe Rice Terraces, Summer Cross and Capas Shrine, both part of the Death March in World War II to Bataan).