My Bloody Balikbayan – a B/BLOG Horror Story

Rumors always circulated around the Luneta Hotel. They said it was the place statesmen brought their mistresses. Between the Luneta Hotel and the grand Manila Hotel, the former always had the more interesting stories. Of course, a more interesting story was what he craved in life, which is why he decided to end his own […]

BENCH Meets Cedrick Juan of “Viva Viva Escolta”

The life of theater actor Cedrick Juan is no one-act play. After several successful productions on stage, the Dulaang UP headliner is taking a quick intermission to star in the QCinema short, Viva Viva Escolta. But he’s not bowing down for the curtain call yet. In between dress rehearsals and whole day tapings, Cedrick Juan […]

#RAFExBENCH, BACKSTAGE BEFORE THE SHOW

Photography by Beatrice Faicol Interviews by George Evan Dungca You could feel the rush of a New York minute at the launch of designer Rafe Totengco’s capsule collection for BENCH. Covering the runway and walls of the Bench Tower Basement were the successive stripes of countless pedestrian lanes, overwhelming enough to become hypnotic. Rafe Totengco […]

There’s Still Time

You probably can’t count how many lazy Saturday afternoons you’ve spent together, but this one is different. You’re no longer playing house, you’re talking about building a future together. Photographer JL Javier paints a suburban love story where Kit Thompson is the guy who decides that the girl next door is the woman he wants to spend the rest […]

Bench Lookbook: “Comfort Food”

When life throws you lemons, just shrug and order fast food. Go all out on that takeout. Swallow that pain with a quarter-pounder of pleasure. Ain’t no shame in eating your feelings. But as our badass blog muse Camie Juan demonstrates in these shots by Andrea Beldua, you might as well look good while doing it. So […]

Go High or Go Home

  While the rest of the world is fast asleep, you’ve made other plans. Even with a shimmery dress and flawless makeup, stepping out for the night still calls for a little something extra. Slip into these sky-high heels from your favorite Suyen brands for a night that’s a little bit Cinderella, and lot more […]

See You After Class

Back to school, back to rules and regiment. But while uniforms and natural clique selection have whisked you away from the freedom of summer vacation, school can also be the place you find your people and feed your passions. In this Back to School special, BENCH BLOG celebrates the extracurricular activity and the general sense […]

BENCH Meets Graham Caygill

  Goals can change over time. For Fil-British soccer star Graham Caygill, goals became less literal in the past year what with his decision to quit local football team Loyola Meralco Sparks and trade “the beautiful game” for an arena that straight up celebrates beauty. As the new host of sporting and lifestyle show Gameplan, he’s […]