In 2009, National Artist Benedicto Cabrera decided to share his appreciation for Cordilleran art by opening his own museum located in Km. 6 Asin Road, a brief 15-minute ride away from the city proper. BenCab museum houses a collection of his own works, as well as acknowledged and rising Filipino artists and pieces of Ifugao sculptures and art he’s kept from previous years. Other attractions can be found at the backyard of the museum, which includes a farm, garden, mini-forest, and an aviary housing peacocks, ducks, geeses, turkeys, and other local livestock.
A place for contemporary art
For a general admission of P150, guests will surely be enriched with paintings and sketches done by both renowned and budding artists that BenCab has either made himself or collected. Various galleries can be found throughout the four floors of the building, including: the BenCab gallery, where his works are stored, the Philippine Contemporary Art Gallery, where pieces from relatively new artists are displayed, Cordillera Gallery, where indigenous arts and crafts are highlighted, and the Erotica gallery, where pieces focused on sexual intimacies is the general theme, among others. For an admission fee of P150, guests are free to roam around and observe each collection, and relax and ponder at Cafe Sabel located at the ground floor of the building.
A place for timeless nature
Aside from the museum itself, guests have the option of going on an eco-trail in the mini-forest that is part of BenCab’s property. Along with a guide, the farm and garden (where ingredients used in Cafe Sabel are grown) may be seen upclose, as well as the indigenous architecture of Ifugao, Kalinga, and Bontoc, the surrounding mountains, the aviary, and the museum itself, standing at the opposite side of the hill and which marks the end of the trail.