WHO says history is boring? Not when listening to a former toilet cleaner who is now making waves as a wacky tour guide of the famed The Ruins in Talisay City in Negros Occidental. Roger Lucero, 26, has become a sensation on YouTube, a video-sharing website, after someone identified only as orsalia uploaded a footage of him conducting a tour on The Ruins that left the guests in stitches. Titled “Roger the funny guide of The Ruins Negros Occidental,” the video has so far garnered 150,634 hits and 236 comments as of Aug. 11. One of those who posted a comment was Glenda Cura. It read “Roger you are so funny. Kung ganito ang lahat na tour guides di ako mabo-bore!!!” (If only all tour guides are like him, I won’t get bored.) “If he’s our History teacher at school, I’ll always get a hundred percent grade,” wrote Miyoko Ishina. “He’s speaking like no pause at all!! Rapping? O sobrang galeng!!!! (Super great) I wanna go there too.” In the video, Lucero injected humor while telling the tale of The Ruins, one of the most fascinating ruins in the world. Sugar baron
Speaking in Filipino and English, Lucero narrated to his guests how the mansion was built in the early 1920s by Negrense sugar baron, Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson in honor of his first wife, Maria Braga, a Portuguese from Macau, who died in an accident while pregnant with their 11th child. The grand mansion, of Italianate architecture with neo-Romanesque twin columns, was built in the middle of a sugarcane field. The two-story structure had a floor area of 903 square meters with 10 bedrooms and a belvedere where the family gathered to watch the sunset. But Lucero said Don Lacson remarried, this time to Concepcion Diaz from Talisay. “He was not contented with 10 children, he added three more,” he said in jest. Don Lacson’s sugar plantation of 440 hectares was divided among the 10 children by his first wife after drawing lots. The mansion went to Mercedes Lacson who married Manuel Javellana from Jaro District in...
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