December 19, 2010


BenCab, Benedicto Reyes Cabrera, as he is more popularly known is widely hailed as a master of contemporary Philippine art. He was born in Manila on April 10, 1942 in Malabon,Philippines. He is the youngest of nine children.

After seeing in a travel show BenCab's Museum, I longed to visit. And so last December 19, off we went to Km. 6 Asin Road, Tadiangan, Tuba, Benguet, Philippines, where the Museum is located.

Museum hours: 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.

There are 8 Galleries, each housing different types of art

The temperature during our visit was 19C, ang ginaw!

At dahil maginaw, these 2 galleries are my favorite: RESTROOM

The Farm & Garden below the museum showcase organic farm produce and the typical indigenous architecture of the Ifugao, Kalinga and Bontoc. A river meanders through the property, with cascading waterfalls on one end. The hill and mini forest across, which features an eco trail, is also the source of fresh spring water used in the museum and farm. The artist, assisted by native coworkers, grows seasonal vegetables, herbs, strawberries, sweet potatoes, coffee and ornamentals. There is an aviary housing peacocks and various birds, and a veritable animal farm with ducks, geese, turkeys, and other local livestock.

Café Sabel, which overlooks the forest and duck pond, offers fresh and natural food in an ambiance that will refresh your palates and feed your soul.

The MUSEUM SHOP sells art books, paper products such as postcards, and notepads, highland art & crafts such as wood carvings and textiles as well as other souvenir items from t-shirts, and caps.

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