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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

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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’

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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

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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

ISABELLE Daza

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


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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’

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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

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“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 »

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