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The Philippines' Museum in the Clouds is One of the World's Best

Baguio, Benguet

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Choose Philippines | Oct 22, 2014

The expansive BenCab Museum owned by National Artist for Visual Arts Benedicto “BenCab” Cabrera has been recognized by TripAdvisor for the 2014 Travelers' Choice Awards.

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It now ranks among the best art and cultural centers in Asia:

1) The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Xi’an, China

2) Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

3) Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Hiroshima, Japan

4) Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Hanoi, Vietnam

5) Hellfire Pass Museum, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

6) Vietnamese Women’s Museum, Hanoi, Vietnam

7) Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), Shanghai, China

8) Hong Kong Museum of History, Hong Kong, China

9) Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore

10) Islamic Arts Museum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

11) War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

12) Fukui Dinosaur Museum, Katsuyama, Japan

13) Changi Chapel and Museum, Singapore

14) Darshan Museum, Pune, India

15) Matenadaran – The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts, Yerevan, Armenia

16) Cambodia Landmine Museum, Siem Reap, Cambodia

17) Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Nagasaki, Japan

18) Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Bangkok, Thailand

19) National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

20) The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Hakone-machi, Japan

21) Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki, Japan

22) BenCab Museum, Baguio, Philippines

23) Museum of World Insects and Natural Wonders, Chiang Mai, Thailand

24) Chiran Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots, Minamikyushu, Japan

25) Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum, Mumbai (Bombay), India

Found near the Philippines' summer capital and mountain metropolis, Baguio City, in the adjacent town of Tuba, Benguet, BenCab Museum boasts of Cabrera’s extensive art collection of contemporary art, indigenous objects from the Cordilleras, bul-ol installations, art pieces from the maestros of Philippine art, and his personal works.

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Like most buildings in Baguio, the museum’s structure starts at street-level then goes down to the third floor. Level 2 has the enclosed erotica gallery, so keep an eye on your child unless you’re prepared to have THAT talk. Every end of the year, the museum also displays a review of past artworks in the gallery aptly called “RE:VIEW.”

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“Sabel,” inspired by a real-life vagrant, is a recurring image in BenCab’s works. It’s also the name of the museum’s downstairs café where guests can take a pit stop before exploring the Ecotrail.

A secret garden behind the mist, the sprawling property right below the museum features a pond with ducks and geese, an organic farm, and Cordillera huts.

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  • LOCATION: Km. 6 Asin Road, Tadiangan, Tuba, Benguet
  • ENTRANCE FEE: Php 100 (Php 80 for students/senior citizens)
  • HOURS: Tuesdays to Sundays, 9 am – 6 pm (Closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day)
  • WEBSITE: www.bencabmuseum.org

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2) 4 Cool Art Centers to Make Your Trip Stand Out


3) Five Must-Visit Restos That Make Sagada Cooler Than It Already Is


Other Philippine Destinations that are World's Best:

1) El Nido Resorts (Palawan): Recipient of the 2014 Asia’s Responsible Tourism Award


2) Vigan City: Finalist, New 7 Wonders Cities

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