A Memorable Encounter with Mr. Ben Cab at Ben Cab Museum

Km. 6 Asin Road, Tadiangan, Tuba, Benguet province 

The BenCab Museum is a project of the BenCab Art Foundation, a non-stock organization that supports activities related to the arts and environment. There are 12 founders of the organization and Azalea Residences together with group of media , bloggers and Instagram users visited the museum.

Ben Cab Museum facade

The museum and the restaurant is getting a lot of positive reviews from both local and international travelers . There is also an Eco- Trail , where one can visit the forested area for 2 to 3 hours trek to at least half day trek.  There is an additional fee for the tour guiding, briefing and trek .

an ifugao hut , native hut and forested area 

The forested area were planted with pines and other native trees  by Mr. Ben Cab and his artists friend . Although there is a portion of the property where non-native trees species ( like mahogany  and african tulip trees ) and exotic ornamental plants like bromeliads are incorporated in the landscape .

back portion of the museum 

trip advisor and visitor’s guide

Among the well-known personalities who form part of foundation included Mr. Benedicto “BenCab” Cabrera – Founder , Mr. Rico Hizon ( television and international anchor ) , Mr.Bobby P. Gopiao ( bonsai and antique furniture collector ) , Professor Ambeth Ocampo ( historian, professor , author and columnist) among others.

group photo

It was in early 2008 when we have heard from local people around Tam-Awan Village that Mr. Ben Cab is constructing a museum / workshop / gallery within Benguet and Baguio area.

 steel sculpture 

Unfortunately , We were not able to visit the museum/ gallery in our last visit in 2011 , as we went to different places like  BSU and farms around Benguet , missing the opportunity to visit the famed place.

32 variation of Sabel glaze on Mariwasa tiles 2008 – Edison T. Co Seteng Patio 

nude painting

National Artist Ben Cabrera’s art collection in a four-level building. This is also where BenCab lives and where his actual workshop is located. Exhibits of exciting contemporary artists in Manila  and Benguet can be found here, too.

group photo

We are fortunate to have spotted Mr. Ben Cab while queuing at the main lobby of his museum / workshop area.

museum shop 

There are different galleries , each are thematic which focuses on a particular theme , sketches, drawing , paintings, sculptures ,  contemporary art works , artifacts , furniture . There is also a museum shop , where interesting art works , view cards and postcards by Mr. Ben Cabrera are being sold.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Tuesdays to Sundays 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
(last entry at 5:30 pm). Closed on Mondays, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Admission to the Museum:

General admission – Php120
Students with valid school ID – Php100
Seniors/ PWD with valid IDs – Php80
Special rates for student & organized groups with minimum of 30 guests
EcoTrail tour – same as above

Website: http://www.bencabmuseum.org/

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Experience Nature and Team Building at Tree Top Adventure Baguio

 

 Camp John Hay , Loakan Road -Baguio City

Experience nature, fun and team building at Tree Top Adventure in Baguio , The location is fairy accessible.  The place is a special tourism and economic zone within  Club John Hay/ Camp John Hay  adjacent to the Bell Mansion.

Tree Top Adventure -Baguio

Tree Top Adventure- Baguio AVP

The Tree Top Adventure -Baguio was established in 2010 . The park uses an original tree trunk clamping mechanism to make sure that trees are not harmed in their spectacular natural setting. One can experience close to nature , pine trees and wilderness area .

staircase 

This is one of the main entrance to the Tree Top Adventure- the one at the main entrance had a steeper terrain while another entrance is located beside the information office.

pine trees
There are several mature pine trees within the adventure park , you can see pine cones and some epiphytes like Davalia ferns .

bulletin board
The bulletin board shows there are 4 packages which the visitors could avail -Package 1 which includes Canopy and Funicular Ride / Silver Surfer -Php 500 , Package 2 Canopy and Funicular Ride , Superman Ride Php 600 , Package 3 Canopy and Funicular Ride , Superman Rode and Silver Surfer Php 800 , Package 4 All Activities Php 1,000

briefing and orientation

bridge way
The the a bridge way connecting the trail and entrance going to the tree walk

  employees
The employees are there to guide the visitors and put safety gears like hard hat and harness . There is also a 5 minutes briefing for those who wanted to experience the adventures.  Here is the link for the Park Rules

hard hats and hardness
Tree Top Adventure traverses horizontally and soars up to 100 feet above the forest floor and features adventure rides ranging from slow ones to fast paced ones.

 students

bloggers and online writers

tree top platform
The platform is made of steel and poses no harm to the visitors.  hard hat and hardness is provided by the company . Safety guidelines and regulations are strictly enforced.

canopy ride
This is one of the most popular ride , one can experience to travel through trees 100 feet above the ground using a network of five motorized cable rides, and see nature from an entirely new perspective.

team building ( see saw ) 
Tree Top Adventure also offers team building for companies, call centers, schools and family apart from zip lines, obstacle courses, trekking , nature watching , sections comprised of ladders, wires, logs, discs,  dance revo , airplane balancing see saw and other team building related activities.
Note: Due to the sudden change of weather , We were only able to tour around the place and joined the trekking, I must recommend this place for all those who wanted to experience nature and adventure.
I would like to ” Thank” Ms. Grace Nicolas Bondad , Mr. Melo Villareal  and Azalea management for the tour .
Loakan Road, Camp John Hay ·
8:00am  until 4:30 pm
Mobile +63932 404-1112
Landline+6374 442-0800
Website: http://www.treetopadventureph.com/
E: baguio@treetopadventureph.com
Tree Top Adventure Subic
JEST Area, Upper Mau Cubi Point Subic Bay Freeport Zone
Contact No..: (074) 442-0800 or 0932 404 1112
Facebook page: Tree Top Adventure Camp
Instagram: @tree_top_adventure

 

A Busy Morning Bell Temple Visit in Baguio

Magsaysay Avenue, Baguio City-Philippines

A must place to visit Baguio is the famed Bell Temple or Bell Church , This was a last minute adjustment in our Baguio itinerary since everyone opted to visit this temple , forgo the strawberry and flower farm visit. This is near the La Trinidad arch border .

La Trinidad arch

entrance to the temple

This was the first itinerary before we visited the Ben Cab Museum last May 18, 2016 .  The tour was arranged by Azalea Hotel and Mr. Melo Villareal , What i did was to go inside the temple and lighted an incense and pay homage to the deities of the place.

undulating walls with Chinese names

The undulating walls have Chinese characters written in red paint. I think they were the names of Filipino-Chinese and Chinese families who have donated money for the building of the temple and its upkeep.  It also doubles as cement plant boxes .

Bell Church manicured lawn

Paifang or Pailou entrance to the temple compound

Bell Church is a Taoist church, and is open to public at 6am to 5pm. There were 2  lions that are guarding the entrance to the center garden .  The architecture of the temple compound is a mix of traditional Chinese and modern ones.

main temple

Unlike my previous visit, photography is not allowed inside the main altar and the Kau Cim or Kau Chim is a fortune telling practice that originated in China in which the querent (person asking the question) requests answers from a sacred oracle lot.

children

Beside the temple is another hall in which we saw some children practicing Chinese martial arts. They also teach these children the art of lion dancing and other routines. These children sometime participate in Manila during Chinese New Year and some auspicious occasions.

day time blooming water lily

Unfortunately the person was not present in the temple , otherwise We  have to try to Manila branch.

 

dragon fountain

There is a water lily pond  at the middle of the courtyard  in which people throw coins to make their wish come true . There is another pond with a dragon fountain spouting water with dozens of kois and tropical fishes . There are a lot of bell design at within the garden and its garden.

The bell temple ground had beautiful landscaped gardens and gates leading to several sections . What makes the temple grounds beautiful are the flowering plants, bromeliads, roses, water lilies , ferns , orchids and annuals flowers .

Kok Fan bust

Kok Fan is also known as Ng Pee who is said to have founded the Bell’s Temple .

roses in bloom

Bell Church | Baguio Taoist Temple
Address: Magsaysay Ave., Baguio City
Telephone: (0917) 355-4788
Open Hours: 6:00AM – 5:00PM
Entrance Fee: Free
( voluntary donations are accepted inside the main temple for its upkeep and charity works)