A trip to Baguio these days is not complete without a visit to the Bencab Museum. A feast for the senses and we can all benefit from the education to be had there. It is not my first time there but I always take delight in meeting and finding Sabel, Bencab’s muse, and many other works of art.
In an earlier blog (Baguio), I relished the time spent here sans the crowd. Back then, very few visited the Museum. I wished then that more Filipinos would visit to appreciate this National Artist’s collection. More than that, this Bencab project is obviously a “pay-back” to Philippine society and an attempt to instill love for Philippine art and culture.
Sadly though, many museum visitors were there for…..Selfies. They were loud, unruly and didn’t seem to care for Bencab’s art. Forgive me, but these art lover wannabes only cared how they look in those selfies with artworks as background. Hardly did anyone care about the art masteries of the Igorots and Ifugaos, nor the rituals observed in felling trees to carve out a hagabi bench.
I wondered then, albeit loudly, if there would be as many visitors if photography is banned. I don’t mind (oh ok, maybe just a bit) them having selfies OUTSIDE the Museum around the lovely garden. But inside the Museum? Oh please. Bencab, please. 😭