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Café Sabel inside BenCab Museum in Baguio

When asked who is SABEL, Philippine National Artist, BenCab (Benedicto Reyes Cabrera), answered, she was a “bag lady” or “taong grasa” who he saw at Yakal Street from his window. She was covered in plastic and garbage bags. At first BenCab used her as a subject for photography which he then later used as subject of his drawings and paintings.

“Sabel was a bag lady or taong grasa,” he explained. “She was just going around our area on Yakal Street, and I’d see her from my window. Parang abstract eh — ‘yung mga balot-balot niya na plastic. I did drawings; then I started photographing her. I saw a lot of things in her — not only the human side, but also the abstract side.”

Anyway, Café Sabel along with BenCab Museum is a MUST

A usual question would be, do you need to pay the entrance fee to get to Café Sabel? Yes, however, the Entrance fee is PHP 100.00, and PHP 80.00 for students and senior citizens so for a tourist, that’s like a little over $2, which really isn’t that bad considering the wonders you’ll see inside. Is it worth the entrance fee to eat at Café Sabel? Yes! Definitely! When we go back to Baguio, this place is definitely part of the places to ‘revisit’.

Make sure to visit in any day of the week EXCEPT Monday. We were so excited to see BenCab Museum that we forgot it was a Monday when we got there so we asked the taxi driver to take us to Dinosaur Island instead.

Café hours:
Same as museum – Open daily except Mondays, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day from 9:00am to 6:00pm (last order should be made before 5:30pm). Smoking is permitted but only at the al fresco area. Food and drinks (including water) are not permitted to be brought inside the cafe.