B/ A.M. – Bench Beginnings: Dad Carl and Son Nate


(L-R) Nate’s clothes by Mothercare. Carl’s clothes by BENCH
Photography by JL Javier
Styling by Ecks Abitona
Produced by Margarita Buenaventura

Mornings are sacred. It’s where our rituals begin, whether that’s breakfast with loved ones or our first mouse clicks through what’s happening in the world. It sets the tone for the rest of the day: waking up on the right side of the bed is usually good, while spilling coffee on your favorite shirt or doing the walk of shame from last night’s drunken mistake, isn’t.

For some, sunrise marks a beginning, while for others, it marks a long day’s end. Through this series of morning portraits taken by JL Javier, we stole moments off of 10 people’s mornings to see just how varied we all are at greeting the day.

From the daybreak workout of a martial artist to the midday end of an outsourcing employee’s shift, we realize that our mornings may be different but they all matter, in small but special ways. And that in a year that just started, we’ve got many beginnings to look forward to.


10:25 a.m. – CARL & NATE AFRICA 

23 and 4, Father and Son

The weekends are particularly special for this dad and son duo because Carl wouldn’t have to rush to work at his family’s construction firm. Their morning itinerary begins in their backyard with Nate biking around, or with a trek to the neighborhood playground. That is, if they aren’t parked in front of the tube watching morning cartoons. With the arrival of the new year comes a few changes what with starting preschool. However, their mornings together will remain.

“For sure mas makulit siya now that he’s a toddler,” says Carl with a laugh. “Pero fun din kasi kahit dad niya ako, parang friends na rin kami.”


(L-R) Carl’s t-shirt by BENCH. Nate’s t-shirt by Mothercare.



(L-R) Carl’s t-shirt and shorts by BENCH. Nate’s t-shirt and pants by Mothercare.





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