Tuesday, June 14, 2016

THE DAY I MET NATIONAL ARTIST BENCAB

When most people or at least the people that I know, go gaga when meeting celebrities.... I am of different breed.  I go "super kilig" when I meet national artists.  So when my boy graduated from Raya School in 2013, I had the perfect opportunity to have my picture taken with Mr. Virgilio "RioAlma" Almario -- National Artist for Literature.   He is actually the father of teacher Ani Almario, directress of Raya School.


Fast forward to 2016... I was invited to a Baguio Bloggers Getaway, and when I learned that the Bencab Museum was actually part of our 3-day trip --- I was so excited.  I remembered waking up very early that day, May 18, very eager to visit the museum in Asin Road.  But eagerness turned to excitement  (and also "kilig")  when I saw that Benedicto "Bencab"  Cabrera -- National Artist for Visual Arts, was actually there in the museum that day.  I was..... oh yes, starstuck, the best word to describe the feeling!



In 2012, when I visited Baguio with the family, we didn't have the chance to go to the museum.  But this time, dream come true to have visited it with my co bloggers.   I loved the modern building with high ceiling, white interior and huge picture windows.  



NICE PLACE TO RELAX AND JUST ENJOY THE GREENERY
LOVE THE WHITE WALL WITH ARTWORKS
OH... TO WAKE UP EACH DAY TO THIS VIEW!
SMELL THE FRESH AIR, AND HARVEST FRESH VEGGIES

Some of the art pieces that caught my attention....
REMINDS ME OF TATAY, TEACHING THE KIDS HOW TO BIKE  :)




Garden love.......






Café Sabel, which overlooks the forest and pond, offers fresh and natural food in an ambiance that will refresh your palates and feed your soul. Ingredients, like vegetables and herbs, are sourced fresh daily from BenCab’s organic farm. The cafe’s signature coffee blend, BenCab’s Brew, is also sourced from coffee trees on the farm.



The granary gods, lime containers, native implements, weapons and other outstanding examples of indigenous arts and crafts of the Cordilleras are also highlighted – a reminder of the rich material culture and traditions of the northern Philippine highlands that has fascinated BenCab since the 1960s, and part of the reason why he has made Baguio home since the mid-80s   (lifted from Bencab Museum's website)





If I will have the chance to go back.... I will definitely bring the teens to experience the ECO TRAIL, where  we will get to see seasonal veggies, animal farm and an aviary.

But the HIGHLIGHT of this museum visit --- >


And these were some of the subjects in the exhibit.  Am sharing the pictures of those whom I have already WORKED with, or have met in person  :)

                          

                          

Of National Artists who shared valuable contributions in their chosen field...

F. SIONIL JOSE, NATIONAL ARTIST FOR LITERATURE
2001, PASTEL ON PAPER
N.V.M. GONZALEZ,  NATIONAL ARTIST FOR LITERATURE1997, PASTEL ON PAPER
NICK JOAQUIN, NATIONAL ARTIST FOR LITERATURE
1997, PENCIL ON PAPER 
BIENVENIDO LUMBERA, NATIONAL ARTIST FOR LITERATURE
1999, PASTEL ON PAPER
ME AND MY "SELFIE" PORTRAIT  :)
Just daydreaming... would be happy if I get just 1/1000 the talent of Sir Bencab  :)  But seriously, I really had a grand time visiting Bencab Museum and meeting the owner/artist in person!

For the BACKPACK SQUAD'S Baguio adventure, please read it here