BENCAB Museum: A Sanctuary of Traditional and Modern Art
Baguio, as a hotspot for tourists from all over the world, has always been known as the melting pot of different cultures and peoples. Not only of the Cordillera – the vast mountain ranges that is home to around 20 ethno-linguistic groups, generally called, the “Igorots”, but also of the lowlands.
Because of the rich and unique culture and tradition of the Cordillerans, people from around the world are captivated and enthralled by the beauty of the art in the region. As such, not only is Baguio known for its cool climate but has also become an inspiration to local and international artists.
The Bencab Museum owned and curated by National Artist Benedicto Reyes Cabrera, also known simply as Bencab, houses works of art that showcases the diverse cultures of the Cordillera and the Philippines. Although not a native of Baguio, Bencab has a penchant for indigenous art. Essentially, various sculptures and painting collections of the Cordillera are exhibited in the museum along with his personal artworks.
The museum, located in Asin Road, Tuba, Benguet, has a four-level building with various galleries for Bencab’s works and art collections. It has galleries for sculptures and carvings, contemporary art, and indigenous art. It also has a café named Café Sabel, and a garden surrounded by a magnificent view of hills and forests. In the wide garden is a trail that visitors can also tread on for a short hike.
Bencab Museum is open daily except Mondays, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, from 9:00AM to 6:00PM. A general admission fee of PHP100.00 is required to explore the museum.
Whether you’re an artist or just an art enthusiast, surround yourself with fascinating, probably, even bizarre art forms to your heart’s content in Bencab Museum. After that, you can relax in Café Sabel and in the garden to breathe in the good old pine breeze you can only find in Baguio City.