There are a lot of tourist attractions outside Baguio City and one of which is BenCab Museum located in Tuba, Benguet. This art gallery houses myriad of contemporary Filipino Art which gives value to the cultural heritage of the Cordillera. Let me share with you our experience and review, and how to get to in this beautiful museum. (Post updated: January 11, 2019)
Going Beyond the City and My Love for Museums
Many travelers love to visit Baguio City and its accessibility to a number of tourist destinations is truly inviting. My love for museums started when I visited Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo City a few years back. I’m just fond of learning new things especially about the history of a certain region and the story behind every artwork. Before our short vacation, I didn’t know that there’s also a museum in Baguio City. I never heard of BenCab Museum before which sparked interest the first time I knew it. Nevertheless, we included BenCab Museum in our itinerary and bolted down to Asin Road in Tuba, Benguet.
How to Go to BenCab Museum
BenCab Museum is located in Km 6 Asin Road, Tadiangan, Tuba, Benguet. Visiting this tourist spot is easy and I recommend two ways in traveling to this museum. Here’s the map for reference:
If you have a private vehicle, I recommend Google Maps for navigation. Just key in your destination, which is BenCab Museum, and follow the directions. You need a stable internet connection though in order to use the app. Otherwise, you can also download a section of the map for you to use the app offline.
Via Jeep or Public Transportation
Our team used this method. We went to the terminal in Kayang Street and took a jeep going to Asin Road. The Jeepney Terminal is located at the west side of Baguio City Hall. The fare costs around PHP 13 and the ride only took around 30 minutes. We alighted at the Jeepney Terminal in Asin Road and walked a few meters going to the museum.
On the other hand, you can also take a cab but expect the fare will be costlier than the jeep.
BenCab Museum: Experience and Review
The large signage of BenCab Museum greeted us when we arrived at the place. Mr. Benedicto “BenCab” Cabrera, a National Artist in the Philippines, founded this museum and he works in the art industry for four decades. He is the Master of Filipino Contemporary Arts. This museum not just showcases different kinds of art, but also has the will to preserve the environment and the cultural heritage of the Cordillera.
At the Lobby
We noticed a group portrait of Cordillera People displayed at the main hall of the museum. The painting simply reflects their characteristics based from their sun-kissed skin and facial features. The people of Cordillera were warriors during the time of Spanish colonialism.
We paid for the entrance ticket in this location and it only costs PHP 150 (USD 2.88) per visitor. The proceeds from the tickets will be donated to their own foundation which is beneficial to the community it serves. After paying for the ticket, we sauntered towards the heart of the museum.
Exploring the Galleries
BenCab Museum seats on a promontory and offers amazing views of wide rain forests and mountain slopes. The galleries and hallways are clean and its high-altitude location provides cool ventilation. The museum is divided to a number of specific galleries. Most artworks in this museum are created by BenCab but there’s also some art pieces contributed from different artists.
An example of the galleries we visited is the Cordillera Gallery. This section highlights the native items and tools indigenous to the people of Cordillera. Different paintings and murals also decorate this area.
We explored BenCab Museum easily because of its organized arrangements. Touring around the place is also relaxing because of its cool and quiet environment. This museum truly helped us learned about the culture and heritage of the people it represents.
At the Heavenly Balcony
I found this place somehow similar to Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo City. Likewise, Pinto Art Museum is also located on a mountaintop and its structures and buildings are comparable. On the other hand, BenCab Museum is quite different because of its location highlighting the forest and mountains. The museum is around three-storeys in height and each floors has a balcony which enabled to appreciate the wonders of nature. The clouds were touching us when we visited BenCab Museum. It is magical. It’s like nature’s way of covering the mountains and forests into something heavenly.
We enjoyed our visit in BenCab Museum. The beautiful artworks and the breathtaking views are memorable which makes this art gallery unique among the others in the country. The museum also has a cafe located at the ground floor in case you get famished. For now, I highly recommend visiting this museum. Appreciate and support Filipino arts and learn more about the culture and heritage of the Cordilleras at BenCab Museum.
For further details about BenCab Museum, you can visit their website at http://www.bencabmuseum.org/
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