Benedicto Reyes Cabrera or BenCab, 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.and has been carving a niche for himself in Manila’s art circles shortly after receiving his bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Philippines in 1963.
A painter and printmaker, he has exhibited widely in the Philippines and in Asia, Europe, and the United States. He has won several major art awards in a career spanning four decades. In 1992, he received the Gawad CCP Para sa Sining (Cultural Center of the Philippines Award for the Arts).
The BenCab Museum is on Km. 6 Asin Road, a brief 15-minute drive from the center of Baguio City. Built on a promontory, the museum commands a breathtaking view of the adjacent garden, farm, hill and mini-forest, the surrounding mountains, and the South China sea in the distant west.
The Bencab Museum is committed to the promotion of the arts, and the preservation, conservation and protection of the environment, as well as the culture and traditions of the Cordilleras, as an expression of the artist’s gratitude to the country that nurtured and inspired an artistic career that continues to grow, mature and fascinate.
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Wanting to break free from Manila-Quezon city life. Hot humid weather here. Gray parking area there. New modern buildings everywhere.
Time for some R&R. Somewhere cool. Somewhere historic and heritage-full. Somewhere with sprawling greens, tall trees, and pine-scented air — all these without sacrificing the comforts of an urban city life.
Time to start the 6-hour drive up Baguio.
Baguio City was established by the Americans in 1900. The city is at an altitude of approximately 1450 meters (4760 feet) in the Luzon tropical pine forests eco-region conducive to the growth of mossy plants and orchids. It is a highland retreat in the Cordillera in Northern Luzon, with pine trees, crisp cold breezes and low verdant knolls and hillocks. It has made its mark as a premiere tourist destination in the Northern part of the Philippines with its cool climate, foggy hills, panoramic views and lovely flowers. Being the ideal convergence zone of neighboring highland places, Baguio is the melting pot of different peoples and cultures and has boosted its ability to provide a center for education for its neighbors. Because of its altitude, Baguio City was designated by the Philippine Commission as the Summer Capital of the Philippines on June 1, 1903.
After 6 hours of being confined in the Kia Soul, we were finally in Baguio!
For 3 days, our home away from home in Baguio was Casa Vallejo.
“Welcome to Casa Vallejo!
A Hotel in Baguio that defines Baguio…
A boutique hotel in the heart of the summer capital of the Philippines, Baguio City. Casa Vallejo was established in 1909. It is one of the oldest American structures in Baguio City. Beautifully located on a sprawling landscape reflecting the richness and the charm of Baguio’s historic heritage. It is the perfect blend for the business traveler and leisure traveler.”
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