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I am writing the second part of this blog feeling exactly the way how Day 2 in our little Baguio trip turned out – que sera sera.
We woke up the next day feeling more at home in the chilly city. Not bragging but I never used a heater going into the shower during our three-night and two-day stay. The cold never bothered me anyway, so says the Frozen song. I’m strong like that.
BenCab Museum was the non-negotiable first item in our Day 2 ‘itinerary’. And it wouldn’t be an overstatement that the museum visit was the highlight of our trip. We are not art enthusiasts but that’s the point – we came into an uncharted territory because we were ready to learn new things.
I am not entirely aware of who BenCab is, but I do know he is a National Artist with a considerable prominence and relevance in the Filipino art scene. I also remember a random TV report which said Iza Calzado would be playing ‘Sabel’ in a musical based in the work of BenCab.
Now it was time to see his work.
If there would be any takeaway from being in close contact with a National Artist’s work, it would be that pride to be Filipino – something BenCab champions up to this day by supporting young artists whose work are also exhibited in the galleries of his museum. By portraying the Filipino identity in his canvas, BenCab is able to immortalize for the times who we are and will always be as a people.
It was past noon when we left BenCab Museum, and naturally very hungry. After a quick drop at the house we were staying in, we proceeded to grab lunch at one of this restaurants in the city center called Steaks and Toppings. The food was familiar, tasty, and best of all, filling.
We had such a hearty lunch that we couldn’t decide where to go next. Until came a surprise.
Suddenly, the roving police car advised the pedestrians to clear the lane because apparently there will be a parade. Yes, a parade! We almost forgot it was Chinese New Year.
So the next thing we knew, we were lining along the sidewalks anticipating the passage of different floats, drum corps, dragon dance performers and what not. It was a very festive parade celebrating Chinese traditions. We also had so much fun trying to catch and collect candies being tossed from floats.
Plus, who would have thought we’d also see Igorot performers live?
By obligation, SM Baguio was the refuge we headed to after a long day. We soon grabbed dinner and headed to bed because we would leave early the next day.
Baguio City, amidst it cold breeze, received us warmly and with such comfort. I am specifically thrilled of how well mannered the taxi drivers are, and how efficient the transport is, save for the peak hours of course. It is also commendable how they strive to keep their public places clean against the surge of tourists year-round.
Truth to be told, we have so much more to see and explore in this little city but that’s the beauty of it – you can always come back with new eyes to see new sights and build new memories. So until we see again, Baguio. xx