My mile-wide smile can't hide the elation I felt upon meeting the artist responsible for so many paintings that garnered him the National Artist of the Phils award in 2006. Benedicto "BenCab" Cabrera studied Fine Arts in UP. As a student, he was strongly drawn to a subject that inspired him to paint. This subject was a woman taong grasa named Sabel. His works of her brought him fame. He lived for several years in London, had a family and upon coming back to the Phils to look for Sabel, he found out she passed away. He has named his coffee shop Cafe Sabel in honor of her. He still painted her and made a sculpture of her based on his vivid memory. All of these according to his museum staff.
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