Back to another Baguio post! Contrary to popular belief we didn’t go to Baguio just to eat, eat and shop. We also took in some culture by visiting the Bencab Museum.
Although we took more pictures of ourselves in the museum than actually look at the artwork.
The entrance fee to the museum was P100 only. The museum has four floors going down and is divided into several galleries.
That’s BenCab’s house. In case you don’t know who BenCab is, his real name is Benedicto Reyes Cabrera and he’s a national artist in the Philippines and a master of contemporary art. He lives and works in Baguio City.
The scenery outside the museum was just as fabulous as the precious artwork inside.
My silly friend tried out the Hagabi bench made for the royalty of the ifugao. It was made with one solid piece of wood.
See I told you we took pictures everywhere!
Our tour guide, Ryan told us that BenCab bought and owns this mountain across the museum.
Ryan, our tour guide and photographer
This is a portrait of Sabel, BenCab’s muse. Sabel is a ‘taong grasa’ or street person BenCab found in Tondo.
All these paintings are part of BenCab’s private collection and are not for sale.
This was outside the erotica gallery.
According to Ryan these pieces of wood from China were so old that they turned into stone. It was really smooth, hard and cold on the inside and rough on the outside.
Philippine Contemporary Art Gallery
The artist used a magnifying glass to harness the sun’s heat to burn the black images on this artwork. I can only imagine how long it took him to complete this elaborate piece.
We finally reached the ground level.
another view of BenCab’s house
Ryan said on a clear day you can see the South China Sea.
Araceli Limcaco Dans – Bandera I
Km. 6 Asin Road
Open daily except Mondays, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day
from 9:00am to 6:00pm (last entry at 5:30pm)
Admission to the Museum:
General: PHP 100.00
Students and senior citizens with valid ID: PHP 80.00
Special rates for student groups with prior arrangement.
Car: 15-minute drive from Baguio City center.
Public transport: Jeep to Asin from jeepney terminal near Baguio market.