BenCab Museum, Baguio City


BenCab Museum turned out to be a fine art refuge one rainy afternoon we were vacationing in Baguio City. Many tourists were visiting the museum that day, famous undeniably for the name it carries. Named after celebrated national artist Ben Cabrera, this art gallery provides a friendly maze for exploring not only the artworks of BenCab, but also of other artists, both the well-known and those still establishing a name. Continue reading BenCab Museum, Baguio City

Café by the Ruins, Baguio City

A splendid Baguio morning for me would be waking up very early, breathing the cool air outside, knowing that I’m far from Manila for a while, having a walk at Burnham Park or at some quiet place, and then getting breakfast at Café by the Ruins. It would be forgivable to forgo the waking up early part, but dear me, not the breakfast at Café by the Ruins. Continue reading Café by the Ruins, Baguio City

Bacolod Without the Masskara

Bacolod is best known for its Masskara Festival, a truly festive event that culminates with an extravagant street parade filled with colorful masks.

Bacolod Mask

Without Masskara Festival, however, Bacolod isn’t really seen as a tourist destination. Bacolod doesn’t have scenic beaches, typical of places like Bohol or Cebu.

We went to Bacolod prior to Masskara Festival, and as our plane descended on the island, I made a quick survey of the province so vastly covered with sugarcane plantation.

Right there and then, I wondered if we would even enjoy the place, sans the beaches that tourists usually look for in tropical paradise Philippines. Continue reading Bacolod Without the Masskara

The Ruins – Talisay City, Negros Occidental

The Ruins in Talisay City, Negros Occidental is what remained of the grand mansion that Don Mariano Lacson built, following the death of his first wife, Maria Braga.

The Ruins at sunset
The Ruins at sunset

Built in memory of Maria Braga, the mansion became the residence of Don Mariano and his unmarried children.

Today, it is a tourist attraction for its romantic, yet strong structures. Many interesting tales and facts lie within the walls and posts that remained of the Ruins.

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