The best style steals from Baby Driver

Fashion cues worth borrowing from the fastest film to hit the screens. Edgar Wright’s 2017 film Baby Driver is the latest action-comedy to arrive at theaters nationwide, and it’s gaining traction fast. The movie follows the character of Ansel Elgort, who becomes entangled in a theft operation after making a few poor choices. This elementary […]

B/BISITA: Maginhawa, A ‘Hood We Love

It’s interesting how a street like Maginhawa—simple and homely in many ways—has evolved from a residential area into a bustling food destination. Being situated near two universities doesn’t hurt either; in between classes and after schoolwork, Maginhawa is bustling with mindful young folk looking to fill their bellies. Things have gotten even more exciting when […]

BENCH BITES: Gab & Thea’s End-of-Summer Cocktails

Words by Margarita Buenaventura It’s hard not to be enamored by Gab Bustos and Thea De Rivera’s story: a young couple works together as budding restaurateurs. It’s like a chick flick come to life. And now, we can enjoy the sequel: tucked away on Makati’s Guijo Street is 12/10, the duo’s newest restaurant baby. You […]

B/BISITA – Marikina, a ‘Hood We Love 

It used to be that Marikina evoked images of bright pink MMDA road signs and your tita’s favorite step-ins. But with “Discipline, Good Taste, and Excellence” as its motto, it’s no surprise that this industrial city is becoming known for more than producing great soles—it’s also becoming a hub for some pretty good grub. Marikina […]

B/TV X BENCH BITES: Mari Jas Makes Gingerbread Granola

Film by Isabelle Toledo  I  Production Design by Ina Jacobe  I  Shot on location at the Scavolini Showroom  Words by Margarita Buenaventura When you want your yuletide presents to fill the heart as well as the stomach, it’s best to give something that came straight out of your own kitchen. Television host and model Mari […]

B/TV: BENCH BITES with Chef Josh Boutwood

All clothes by BENCH  I  Photography by Ina Jacobe  I  Video Directed & Edited by Isabelle Toledo As the chef behind the Bistro Group that owns restaurants like Italianni’s and T.G.I. Friday’s, Josh Boutwood has likely fed your entire family. His kitchens have dished out the sort of festive grub that goes well with beer and […]

B/TV x BENCH BITES: Chef Joseph Galvez Prepares Pork Mascara Sliders

Directed by Christina Zabat  I  Grooming by Byron Velasquez I  Produced by Paolo Lorenzana Considering how globally trend-conscious Manila’s dining realm has become, a young chef who knows his roots is a rarity. At 22, Joseph Galvez has worked the stoves at Michelin-starred kitchens in France. Still, the fanciest French restaurants couldn’t hold him back […]

NO SWEAT: Summer Booze & Bandanas

Hot summer days go well with something icy, fruity, and preferably with a kick. As the sun festively brightens things and you’re the most relaxed you’ll ever be, there’s no better time to sip on a cool cocktail by the pool—or whatever body of water you’ve decided to lounge by.  Visiting three places with exciting […]

BENCH/BITES: Ice Cream Sandwiches for Cold Comfort

There is nothing that ice cream can’t fix. Get a grip on the heat by grabbing one of these ice cream sandwiches—a cool distraction from the summer scorch by way of dessert. By Ina Jacobe Bar Dolci’s Gelato Burgers Price: 130 Pesos Bar Dolci’s Gelato gives your favorite summer childhood treat a classy twist. Their […]