Baguio (Part 2): Museum Day At BenCab

This is the part of our Baguio trip I can’t wait to share. On our first day in Baguio, we (well I insisted) planned to go to an art gallery. This is no way just a simple art gallery but one run and owned by National Artist Benedicto Reyes Cabrera or better yet know as BenCab. I’ve been dying to visit this museum years ago and when I finally had the chance to visit Baguio with my friends, I make sure that this would be part of our itinerary.

The museum is not the usual Baguio spot as compared to Burnham Park and Minesview. Less people are going to the place maybe because it way out of the city center. They were doing road repairs at that time but lucky for us, it didn’t take us as much travel time as what I’ve read from my research. It took us less than a 45-minute drive to reach the museum and I bet once the road repairs are done it would take maybe a 20 minute drive to BenCab. Despite that fact, I recommend every Baguio tourist to visit BenCab Museum.

This museum will let you appreciate Philippine Arts more. Aside from that, great art installment or painting as your background for your Instagram post is just amazing, right? Anyways, one of my personal goals for the next few years is to expose myself to the arts world as I want to learn more and maybe be an arts expert soon (dreams do come true!).

The minimalistic entrance of the museum is so homey.

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The museum has a total of four floors and you starts at the topmost going to the lowest one. A great idea indeed.

That’s me going down the stairs.

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One of the first few galleries we’ve entered is the Erotica Gallery. Be warned though, this gallery has some explicit images and some have sexual humor. Unfortunately, some of the paintings or installments I can’t post here (and another reason for you to really visit the museum) as they show images of privates, acts of love making among others.

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BenCab Museum showcases not only works from Ben Cab himself but diverse artists also show their works at the museum. This next gallery is a one of my favorite parts in the museum. I took so many photos in this gallery.

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And my photos of myself. I super love these photos. Thanks Amor for these!

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Some break with our museum tour and let me take a selca first. 😉

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Another favorite here in BenCab is the “Recovery” by Nona Garcia. You have to enter a darkened room and you will see x-ray plates. So innovative for using indigenous tribal things and xray plates . I am super amazed with this exhibit. I want to see more works from Nona Garcia.

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And here are the rest of the museum. You need like two hours or more to enjoy the entire museum. I think we spent 3.5 hours enjoying the galleries.

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The next part is definitely my most favorite gallery of the museum and it is very properly named. Use of different techniques and colors were showcased in this gallery. There is this one painting that i love which uses only my favorite hues – black, white and gray.

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At the bottom of the museum, they have Cafe Sabel. They offer amazing food and drinks. Haven’t tried their food as we are planning to eat somewhere else so instead we ordered their drinks and those drinks are amazing! Next time, I’ll definitely try food.

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According to the guides and attendants, Sabel is BenCab’s muse. How I wish I can be a muse of some artist soon.

There is this part of BenCab that you can enjoy the sun, wind and Baguio’s weather! And of course the view of the mountain range.

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I am so amazed with this wall as this run from the topmost level up to the bottom of the museum. A nice wall installment indeed, the theme is Cordillera tribe.

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I have to save this one as this one reminds me of one of my first pets ever. I miss those white cats!

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This is my fave part of vacationing, traveling and sightseeing! ~ Photos! 📷

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They say that most of the time, you will catch the great BenCab himself in the museum, hopefully on my next visit I will be able to meet him personally.

More travel diaries soon, I promise! There are still a lot left from our two-day vacation in the City of Pines!
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‘Til the next pose & post!

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