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Effortless Tokyo style

Plan your summer wardrobe with looks inspired by Japanese street fashion, and it couldn’t get more legit than with Miss Japan 2008 Hiroko Mima as model

Posted: April 4th, 2014 in 2BU,Headlines | Read More »

When hope floats boats

The trailblazers behind 6200: Mission Possible—Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez (third from right) and Richard Gomez (second from left) with Ben Chan (right) and the Bench family

The 6200: Mission Possible Project was officially kickstarted last March 2 at Ayala Fairview Terraces Mall. Under the bold leadership of Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez, fishermen of Ormoc City and the nearby municipalities of the Fourth District of Leyte will be able to restore their livelihood after the devastation that Super Typhoon “Yolanda” caused. The pillar of support behind Lucy’s project is Ben Chan and the entire Bench family.

Posted: March 21st, 2014 in 2BU,Headlines | Read More »

Lee Min Ho endorses two new scents for Bench–a first

SOUTH Korean actor, singer and model Lee Min Ho

South Korean actor, singer and model Lee Min Ho, whose Facebook page has garnered 11 million likes, is endorsing two new scents, So in Love and Sure Blue Eau de Toilette, for Bench. This perfume line is a first for the international celebrity.

Posted: February 16th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Bench bancas for Ormoc’s fishing families

Ben Chan, Rep. Gomez, Richard Gomez and Virgilio Lim

Retial giant Bench is beginning the year with a humanitarian campaign. It will help about 100 fishing families in Ormoc, Leyte, who had been displaced by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” last November.

Posted: January 19th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Young, raring to express themselves and ‘going global’

PORFI Medina

Earning the plum prize (winner, Look of Style Awards 2013 Apparel category) and a Bench Chosen Fashion Designer of the Year award, Rei Escario wowed judges with a collection of new shapes on neutral-colored piña cocoon, tulle and neoprene.

Posted: November 29th, 2013 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

‘Husband,’ ‘lover’ are Bench’s newest endorsers

DENNIS wears raglan-cut two-tone tee while Tom wears a collared, striped
tee. The trendy shirts go well with Bench’s classic looking stretch denim skinny pants.

It was only a matter of time before Tom Rodriguez and Dennis Trillo were signed by Bench to be part of its growing roster of endorsers. After all, the two were part of the landmark TV series “My Husband’s Lover,” which aired on GMA 7.

Posted: November 20th, 2013 in Headlines,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

Bench donates entire Ormoc branch merchandise to victims


Stores Specialists Inc. (SSI), the company responsible for bringing into the Philippines such foreign brands as Gucci, Prada, Gap, Zara, Banana Republic and Marks & Spencer, among others, is partnering with the Philippine National Red Cross in sending relief packs to affected areas.

Posted: November 17th, 2013 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Bench line of Isabelle Daza perfumes has musky, fruity scents


Leading retail brand Bench offers a wide range of scents inspired and designed by top local celebrities. The brand is always on the lookout for an artist who has a fascinating personality that would be interesting to capture in a bottle.

Posted: October 19th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

Training with Olympians, kissing a werewolf–all in a week’s work

BENCH’S latest endorser Taylor Lautner and Ben Chan

Over the past couple of weeks, I ran with a three-time Ironman Australian champion, swam with a Hungarian Olympic swimmer and kissed an American werewolf. How wonderful is that!

Posted: August 25th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Taylor Lautner after ‘Twilight’

FROM WEREWOLF to “Benchsetter.” Taylor Lautner in Manila for Bench. PHOTO BY JILL LEJANO

We had always been Team Jacob. And when we walked into Makati Shangri-La’s Pasay A function room, we knew we made the right choice.

Posted: August 24th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

An American werewolf in Manila

“I CAN show up to something in this jacket, I can make it look really fancy or spiffy, or I can just wear it out now and be cool and relaxed,” says Taylor Lautner. PHOTO BY JILL LEJANO

Taylor Lautner was expecting to slip quietly into Manila; after all, his flight would land at almost 4 in the morning. But he was surprised by hundreds of excited fans as he exited the airport.

Posted: August 18th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

  1. How to enjoy Buntod
  2. World bids Gabriel Garcia Marquez ‘Adios’
  3. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  4. ‘Wild West’ Masbate’s pristine marine gems
  5. Kim Atienza: At home with art and design
  6. How Margie Moran-Floirendo keeps her dancer’s body
  7. Life lessons I want to teach my son
  8. Garcia Marquez left unpublished manuscript
  9. Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  10. Wanted: Beauty queen with a heart that beats for the environment
  1. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  2. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  3. Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  4. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  5. Miss America: Don’t suspend teen over prom invite
  6. How Margie Moran-Floirendo keeps her dancer’s body
  7. This is not just a farm
  8. President Quezon was born here–and so was Philippine surfing
  9. Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  10. Clams and garlic, softshell crab risotto–not your usual seafood fare for Holy Week
  1. How Zsa Zsa Padilla found Conrad Onglao; Sharon Cuneta played Cupid
  2. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  3. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  4. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  5. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  6. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  7. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  8. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  9. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  10. Sen. Angara: I thought Pia Wurtzbach gave a good answer


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  • Timeline: Napoles tell-all
  • 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  • Napoles surgery in Makati hospital successful
  • Save the queen? Aide takes fall for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  • Sports

  • Mixers trim Aces; Painters repulse Bolts
  • Donaire junks Garcia as coach, taps father
  • ’Bye Ginebra: No heavy heart this time
  • UAAP board tackles new rules
  • Baguio climb to decide Le Tour de Filipinas
  • Lifestyle

  • The best flavors of summer in one bite, and more
  • Homemade yogurt, bread blended with pizza, even ramen
  • Visiting chefs from Denmark get creative with ‘ube,’ ‘ buko,’ ‘calamansi,’ mangoes
  • Salted baked potatoes
  • A first in a mall: Authentic Greek yogurt–made fresh in front of diners
  • Entertainment

  • Return of ‘Ibong Adarna’
  • Practical Phytos plans his future
  • In love … with acting
  • From prison to the peak of success
  • ‘Asedillo’ location thrives
  • Business

  • This time, BIR goes after florists
  • Philippine Airlines to stop shipment of shark fins
  • PH banks not ready for Asean integration
  • Stocks down on profit-taking
  • Banks allowed to use ‘cloud’
  • Technology

  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Viber releases new design for iPhone, comes to Blackberry 10 for the first time
  • Engineers create a world of difference
  • Bam Aquino becomes Master Splinter’s son after Wiki hack
  • Mark Caguioa lambasts Ginebra teammates on Twitter
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 24, 2014
  • Talking to Janet
  • Respite
  • Bucket list
  • JPII in 1981: walking a tightrope
  • Global Nation

  • PH seeks ‘clearer assurance’ from US
  • China and rivals sign naval pact to ease maritime tensions
  • What Went Before: Manila bus hostage crisis
  • Obama arrives in Tokyo, first stop of 4-nation tour
  • Believe it or not: Filipinos love US more than Yanks