I’ve been hearing a lot about BenCab Museum since I set foot in Baguio City. Whenever I ask locals for places to visit in Baguio, BenCab would always be part of their top three recommended places to visit. That’s why on my second day in Baguio City, me and my friends didn’t miss the chance to drop by the Museum.
On our way to the museum I did some research and found out that BenCab stands for the name of Philippine National Artist for Visual Arts, Benedicto Reyes Cabrera. He is know as the Master of Contemporary Philippine Art, a painter and print maker. BenCab was born in Malabon City but now lives and work in Baguio City.
BenCab Museum is a project of BenCab Art Foundation which is a non-stock organization that supports activities relating to environment and arts. The museum has four levels- Street, Level 2 and 3, and Farm and Garden.
From Baguio City, it took us about 30 to 45 minutes to reach the Museum. Upon entry we were given the Museum’s Guide where you can find the dos and dont’s and map of the museum. We paid for the entrance fee which is PhP 120 or USD 2.51 for General Admission. For students with identification card entrance fee is PhP 100 USD 2.09 and Senior Citizen is PhP 80 or USD 1.67.
For some odd reasons we went first to the Museum Shop, usually this is the last stop but we tend to check this one first. The shop has the usual souvenirs but what caught my attention are the funny planners and journals. I love the “Planner ng Pasaway” or Planners for Stubborn People, Planner Things to do with “Now Na” (Now), “Mamaya” (Later) and “Huwag Na” (I will not do this!).
After the Museum Shop we went to the Second Level and find ourselves inside the Cordillera Gallery. The gallery is composed of BenCab’s collection of artifacts and crafts of Cordillera Region. Utensil, baskets, totem, and statues of Gods are displayed in this gallery.
After the Cordillera Gallery is the BenCab Gallery. This gallery consists of BenCab’s work of art that started in Manila to London and Europe and back to Baguio and Cordillera.
Beside the gallery is the viewing terrace where you can see the whole farm and garden level.
There are two Contemporary Art Gallery in the Museum that showcase different paintings, sculpture and statues.
Along the corridors are artifacts found in Cordillera and statue of gods and guardians.
The Museum showcase a lot of interesting things about Cordillera Region. Looking at the utensils, totem and statues of their gods and guardians gave me a sneak peek of how the people of Cordillera once live. It could have been more interesting if they have a guide or docent that can explain or tell the story behind and how and when they use the items.
The painting and sculptures are fascinating. The view of the farm and garden from the terrace is breath taking. I love the luscious trees, the river and the small huts scattered in the garden. I wasn’t able to try the trek but hope on my next visit I can.
To know more about BenCab Museum you can visit the Museum at:
#91 Km. 6 Asin Road, Tadiangan, Tuba, Benguet
From Baguio City Center it will take you 15 minute drive
From Baguio City Market Jeepney Terminal ride a Jeep going to Asin Road
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