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New Things About Baguio

Well, at least for me. Ü

Last weekend, our family decided to have a short but sweet trip to the summer capital of the Philippines, BAGUIO CITY.

Anyhoo, I have been to Baguio for so many times since my first time last 1995, but only in this trip I get to visit something new.

I. BENCAB MUSEUM

According to www.bencabmuseum.org: The museum houses the artworks and masterpieces of the Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera, hence the name Bencab.

I liked the museum because of the variety on the themes that the artworks presented. They are not boring and typical.

They have a gallery full of R-18 themed woodcarvings and paintings (which I later found out in their website that it was called EROTICA GALLERY).

At the back of the museum you’d see a beautiful garden. Even from the veranda of the building you’d see it, but you can go there for picture-taking or just take in the view or just breathe fresh air after your museum tour.

The museum has a coffee shop called Cafe Sabel which have a very cozy feeling. Unfortunately, we don’t have enough time to try their coffee or whatever it is that they offer.

II. TAM-AWAN VILLAGE

I’ve been wanting to visit this village, but only this trip that I finally get to do it. We need to do a little trekking in able to roam around the village. It was an easy one, my 5 year old niece did it without any problems.

Tan-awan Village

Another nice thing about the place is that they showcase artworks of local artist. The village also offers workshops like sketching and paintings, of course for a fee. When we were there there’s an ongoing workshop with Korean (i think) visitors.

They also have a coffee shop there, which I (again) wasn’t able to try. The village also offers lodging to their visitors.

For more information about this village, visit their website:
www.tam-awanvillage.com

III. ARKO NI APO

This is another art gallery that showcases artworks of local artists. Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures for it was forbidden to take pictures inside.

Most of the artworks that we’ve seen are metal sculptures and paintings. They also have a coffee shop where you can chillax.

This gallery is located right across Tam-awan Village.

There’s still a lot more about Baguio that I haven’t really explored. The usuals are Burnham Park, Botanical Garden, Camp John Hay and among others, but every once in a while, it’s nice to see something new.

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