Filipino prodigious painter Benedicto Cabrera takes the spotlight in his very own art museum a la Van Gogh in Baguio’s BenCab, currently one of the most-visited spots in the province. The red-and-gray minimalist building is perched in the woodcarving village on the way to the hot springs, about a 15-minute drive away from the city center; you can either take a taxi or get the best local experience by riding a jeep. General admission is Php 120, but students and seniors get discounts with their valid IDs.

My dad, who turns 60 on that day, managed to score his first discount when he entered the lobby.

Airy, tranquil and beautifully modern, the BenCab space greets you with info + reception and a shop on the side. His paintings take the highlight in most corners; on the wall, by the staircase, or installed on the floor. The museum combines a mix of prominent and independent names in watercolor, oil, gouache, acrylic and mixed media, plus a ton of local wood carvings Baguio is known for. Themes are divided in different spaces, and the large glass windows let you bask into the glorious natural beauty of Baguio’s mountain views, as well as the botanical garden in the lowest floor. No food is allowed, but you can quell your hunger at the BenCab bar by the garden, where you can sip the local’s coffee brew as well as healthy gastronomical feasts before you jaunt off to your next destination.

Photos are allowed, but, just like in the Louvre, sans the use of flash. Glide through Philippine Contemporary Art, as well as Cordillera woodworks and paintings and get to know about Baguio’s heritage through visual masterpieces.

The number of photos I took was nothing remarkable, because if you have a taxi waiting outside and parents who easily gets tired of climbing up and down, you just have to soak in every bit of art and ditch the secondary-necessary souvenir. The good news is, my brother has plenty; and we’d be sharing it to you through this blog once he gets them up.

Watercolor Women

A Room Full of Old-Folk Deities

Wooden anito, pottery, tribal weapons and pigs get featured in this special display. Some of these items have been showcased in The Louvre — my art heart couldn’t be any more proud.

See more of my snaps by viewing this thread on Twitter!