Tucked away in the folds of Mount Asin is the Bencab Museum, the most modern art gallery/museum I’ve seen in the Philippines. It was created by national artist, Ben Cabrera, to serve as a gateway for art lovers seeking art from the region. It’s become a one- stop s source for inspiration because it has not just art, but breathtaking views. Oh did I mention that the food was good too? I recommend the Sate.

When we got there, the first thing we did was gasp. The museum is on the sloping side of a mountain making for great views all around. They created a setting that’s very idyllic- like how a native Filipino house should be. It has a nipa hut in the middle of a lake and lush greens. This is the kind of place that just makes you want to sit and take in the now. Moments after, we were invigorated and soothed. Ready to take in the art. 

The art that’s displayed there is infused with the feeling of the region. Words cannot describe how beautiful everything was. Most works took inspiration from the Ifugao way of life, how they dress, their customs, and the challenges they face.

Unlike lowlanders (most city people), the people of the mountains of Cordillera escaped Spanish rule. So their cultures were relatively untouched until the American occupation. Thus they are fiercely loyal and protective of their heritage. Their art reflects it.
And I tried to embody that ferocity.


Bencab Museum is on Km. 6 Asin Road, a brief 20-minute drive from the center of Baguio City

Some photos were color enhanced for consistency. Original photos by Foxy Yambing.