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Bench after the storm

DEPUTY head of mission of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of GermanyMichael Hasper,
CATS Motors Inc. president Felix Ang, chair Gregorio Yu, vice president for sales and
marketing Robert Shaw

Because she represents in Congress disaster-prone Ormoc City in Leyte, Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez has witnessed the worst and last year’s horrific Supertyphoon “Yolanda” was no exception. It left thousands of Ormoc’s fishermen and farmers displaced.

Posted: October 22nd, 2014 in Columns,Health and Wellness | Read More »

Ben Chan apologizes to Coco Martin over ‘Naked Truth’ controversy

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Ben Chan, founder of clothing chain Bench, has apologized to actor Coco Martin for being dragged into the controversy caused by “The Naked Truth” underwear fashion show.

Posted: September 29th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Japanese favorite Chococro now in Manila

CHOCOCRO is best
enjoyed warm.

When one hears the name Ben Chan, one immediately pictures trendy apparel, bath products and accessories. That’s because, since 1987, the chair and CEO of Suyen Corp. has been growing the Bench lifestyle brand that now includes over 30 local concepts and international franchises.

Posted: September 25th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Food,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Drenching and donations–local celebs do it, too

Kris Aquino gets drenched to the bone by son Bimby and “The Buzz” cohost Toni

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge continues to sweep the world, earning more supporters, and critics, along the way.

Posted: August 29th, 2014 in Fashion and Beauty,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Ben Chan has a new wonder—Chococros

LIGHTING fixtures that
resemble inverted cups and
saucers lend a whimsical
touch to the decor.

While visiting Osaka, retail magnate Ben Chan discovered Saint Marc Café. Instinctively, the Suyen Corporation chair and CEO knew that the concept would click in the Philippines.

Posted: August 21st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Food,Headlines,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »