B/TV: The 12 Days of BENCHMAS

Video by Judd Figuerres  I  Styling & Production Design by Carla Villanueva  I  Produced by Ina Jacobe  I  Music by Oh, Flamingo!  I  Hair & Makeup by Cats del Rosario of At East Jedroot, Ria Aquino, Boggy Diaz, and Grace Ambrosio  I  Assisted by Kenneth Aballa & Bea Faicol 

We all know the old Christmas song “The 12 Days of Christmas.” In BENCH BLOG’s 2015 version, the “true love” we hold dear (traffic and all) is our beloved capital. This year, Manila gave us a whole lot of cultural Christmas loot, from the year’s most sensational young photographer to an outpouring of local craft beers. There’s lots to be thankful for (and lots of local to love) in 2015. Below, a list of the gifts we’ve received. Don’t forget to sing along. 

On the first day of Christmas, Manila gave to me: BJ slaying 2015
On the 2nd day of Christmas, Manila gave to me: 2 gay lovers
On the 3rd day of Christmas, Manila gave to me: 3 French men
On the 4th day of Christmas, Manila gave to me: 4 local artists
On the 5th day of Christmas, Manila gave to me: 5 power titas
On the 6th day of Christmas, Manila gave to me: 6 craft beers
On the 7th day of Christmas, Manila gave to me: 7 Instagram pets
On the 8th day of Christmas, Manila gave to me: 8 Pinoy voters
On the 9th day of Christmas, Manila gave to me: 9 cute creatives
On the 10th day of Christmas, Manila gave to me: 10 smart millennials
On the 11th day of Christmas, Manila gave to me: 11 local goodies
On the 12th day of Christmas, Manila gave to me: 12 “pabebe” waves
 
Featuring (and special thanks to): 
 
1st day: BJ Pascual 
2nd day: Paulo Castro & Jujiin Samonte
3rd day: Dan of PrimaStella Management and Peter Stoychev & Samuel Smith of IM Agency Manila 
4th day: Oh, Flamingo! 
5th day: Pia Magalona, Keri Zamora, Jane Kingsu-Cheng, Tina Tagle, and Monica Angeles 
6th day: People Power Pale Ale, Indio Pale Ale by Katipunan Craft Ales, Tropic Haze, Boracay Pale Ale, Pedro 
7th day: Tomtom, Magnus, Lupi, Wong Kat Wai, Peggy, Cary & Noah
8th day, 12th day: HGC 
9th day: Carina Santos, JL Javier, Apa Agbayani, Sarie Cruz, Sam Potenciano, Margarita Buenaventura, Toff Tiozon, Petersen Vargas, and Isabel Santos 
10th day: Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Saab Magalona-Bacarro, Khalil Kaimo, and Sara Jesri of #NoFilter, Jesus Falcis, Paige Occenola, Noelle Rodriguez, Gabbie Tatad, Jam Pascual, and Citcit Sioson  
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