A rainy day adventure in Baguio
means looking for indoor activities. Since the rains will likely keep you indoors, you can take some time to appreciate the beautiful things in life, including local art and crafts. Many may not know that Baguio is a favorite place for artists, with a few famous ones making this city their home. Among them is world-renowned artist Ben Cabrera, also known as BenCab
. His love affair with the city and its culture has brought him to establish an artist community that started at Tam-Awan Village. Eventually, his own museum was called BenCab Museum, along Asin Road.
The museum offers a glimpse of local modern art through exhibits and shows while, at the same time, showcasing his own collection of Cordilleran and Filipino art. Tam-Awan Village
is located on a hillside with native huts. It was initially conceptualized as an artists’ village where artists could stay to make art. Meanwhile, The Café By The Ruins in Dua also features art exhibits of local artists. Artworks during exhibitions are for sale, so one can grab a piece and take it home to continue appreciating it.
Baguio is the undisputed “summer capital” of the Philippines, and this by no means is a mere title. According to historical accounts, it is the official title given to this northern city by the United States back when they were still governing the Philippines as one of their colonies.
During the summer months of March and April, the colonial government and its officials made their way to Baguio City because of its cooler weather, which was a break from the oppressive heat of Manila. This also meant that official matters were also taken up in the city, making Baguio the temporary seat of the colonial government during what the Americans called “the Season.”
There are many fun things to do and many places to see in Baguio, even on rainy days. Remember to not let the rains dampen your thirst for adventure. If you open your mind, you will see a different side of Baguio, one that you will most likely enjoy.
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This article was initially published in Yoorekka on July 07, 2016.