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 […]

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 […]

#BenchBodyLanguage: Century Tuna Superbods Finalists Ameen & Tanya

There’s only so much you can tell a person to inspire fitness. Oftentimes, a body of evidence is necessary: slits across hips, toned arms, a tight stomach. For the past 10 years, Century Tuna Superbods has sent out a parade of those bodies—the sort you desire, but more so that spur a desire to get […]

BENCH MEETS Oh Flamingo!

Interview by Bea Faicol Since its launch in 2013, Wanderland has become the magical realm that bridges two alternate worlds: the international music scene and the Pinoy music underground. Which is why the music festival’s Wanderband competition is a one-way ticket to the land of legitimacy. An indie band that once wandered aimlessly gets a […]

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 […]

The Merry Modern Family – a BENCH Christmas Card Special

  If you’ve seen enough holiday movies, you’ll know that there’s as much friction in family gatherings as there is festivity. Siblings will squabble, babies will cry, and there’ll be that one uncle delivering a drunken tirade before passing out in front of the television. No matter the tension, it’s togetherness that defines the holidays—the […]

BENCH MEETS Tyson Kraft

For a man who knows the law pretty well, Tyson Kraft is quite the rule breaker. After graduating from law school and landing a private firm, it wasn’t long before the Fil-Australian called “objection” on legal practice and ditched it for music, his calling since he was a toddler banging on old Milo cans.             […]