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Daniel Padilla, Pilita Corrales, Wash SyCip–not so strange bedfellows

By: - Columnist
07:30 AM September 18, 2015

As part of its #Lovelocal campaign, Bench is putting a season’s looks and a country’s wealth of talent into a book that celebrates everything local.

From Bench endorsers Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo to national treasures such as Pilita Corrales, from culinary experts like JP Anglo to artistic forces such as Ronald Ventura, from taxi driver Chito Asuncion to business icon Washington SyCip, “Love Local” the book is “a celebration of the lives, talents, passions and movements that make the country we live in.”


Naturellement, the book has the indomitable Teddy Boy Locsin giving a sharp but affecting foreword.

Renowned food writer Clinton Palanca talks about what it means to eat local. editor in chief Anna Canlas discusses the national aesthetic.


Rogue associate editor Don Jaucian talks about the cult that is show biz and our national obsession with love songs.

Visual artist Carina Santos lets us in on the creative life.

With Raymond Ang and Paolo Lorenzana as editors and Paulina Ortega as creative director, “Love Local” is a visual feast. Talented photographers Mark Nicdao, BJ Pascual, Ronnie Salvacion, Brent Chua, Onin Lorente, Jason Gabriel, Patrick Diokno, Johann Bona, Joseph Pascual, Ralph Mendoza, Regine David, Jack Alindahao, Cenon Norial III and JL Javier lend their distinct aesthetics in portraits featuring some of the people that make this country exciting to live in right now.

From film to food, north Luzon to south Samar, these are the reasons and reminders why we need to stay head-over-heels in love with our nation that’s only bound to get better.

“Love Local” is available at selected Bench stores in Metro Manila for P445.


As one of the world’s biggest skincare brands, Olay empowers women to never settle for less than being beautiful. Since  2013, “Olay Conversations” has been a series of talks with empowered women.


Two years ago, Mons Romulo became the very first Olay woman to share her story in the groundbreaking first season of “Olay Conversations.”

In the latest edition, Romulo returns in an intimate gathering of her closest pals and famille.

“I’m happier now,” Romulo said. “In the process of finding myself, I realized that I’m happy on my own.”            

“Mons has always been the quintessential Olay woman and courageously faced challenges to be the best possible version of herself,” said Olay brand manager Arthur Peña. “She inspires women every day, and we are totally honored that ‘Olay Conversation’ inspires even more women.”

Romulo’s #BestBeautiful story has been viewed more than a million times on YouTube.

Meanwhile, Olay introduces the new Regenerist Miracle Boost Pre-Essence. With its powerful Cell Energy Complex, a specially designed beauty cocktail that consists of niacinamide, olive extract and Pal-KTTKS,  Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Pre-Essence works to trigger self-collagen production for bouncy, younger-looking skin.

With the award-winning Olay Regenerist Microsculpting Cream, the treatment boosts skin energy.

For Mons Romulo’s #BestBeautiful story, visit

Arrozeria Manila

Arrozeria Manila has launched its new menu. Spanish tapas and paellas, however, remain at the heart of the restaurant.

Spanish-born and Filipino by heart, chef Chele Gonzalez (who’s also the chef of Vask Tapas Room and Gallery Vask) sought out a local version of the Spanish arroz bomba, commonly used in paella and other rice dishes in Spain. He partnered with the International Rice Research Institute to make use of local ingredients for Arrozeria.

The result is paella that tastes authentic, as if you were in the seaside city of Valencia. “It is as close as you would eat paella in Spain,” said Gonzalez.

During the inaugural of the new menu, Jerico Fernando, one of the partners behind Arrozeria, led the toast. The bash began by breaking open a piñata; later there was flamenco dancing. Everyone enjoyed the free-flowing sangria to pair with the sumptuous food.

Arrozeria is at 4/F, Century City Mall, Makati. Tel. 0920-9744742; e-mail Follow Arrozeria on Facebook and @arrozeriamnl on Instagram.

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