B/Biyahe: Teraoka, a Family-Run Farm in Pangasinan

Raffy Teraoka Dacones was living what many millennials would consider a dream: pinballing around Tokyo as an interior designer. Amid furnishing the homes of strangers, however, the twentysomething yearned for another sense of home. Last year, he returned to his mom Annabelle’s homeland and with his parents, three brothers, and three sisters, helps run the […]

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 […]

BENCH Lookbook: “Breaking & Entering”

  Youth’s recklessness racks up most of its damage where love is involved. Wild hormones and emotions can spur two people to trespass on property, stumble around in the dark, and commit a little crime – a metaphor for young love, if you think about it. For BENCH BLOG’s love month lookbook, we sought Arabella […]

BENCH Romances by Shaira Luna

  Few can capture feels like photographer Shaira Luna. From a heartfelt ménage à trois to a dad doting on his daughter, our girl Shaira has summoned many big emotions through her shoots for BENCH BLOG. To celebrate the love month, we asked the gifted photographer to pack even bigger and wilder heart, the only […]

Screen Romance – #LongDistanceRelationshipGoals

Thanks to the sophisticated ways we communicate these days, the long-distance relationship is no longer myth. Chad Pantig and Maan Marquez play a couple that is at odds geographically (one’s in Manila, the other one’s in New York) but slays romantically. With a sweet Viber voicemail or flirty Facetime every now and then, two people can […]

“Firsts” – a Love Story in .GIFs

You remember those moments. They were just seconds but they changed everything—the first time you saw each other, the first words spoken, the first touch, the first kiss. With a whole month to celebrate those moments, BENCH BLOG visits French patisserie PAUL, the delicious setting for a couple’s many romantic firsts, portrayed by real-life twosome […]

B/TV: Get Lucky with Enchong Dee

As the Chinese New Year hangs over us, you’d best know how to swing into the Year of the Monkey in style. BENCH’s resident Chinito problem solver Enchong Dee was more than happy to demonstrate a luck-grabbing list of what to do come February 8. With this “Superchonggo” step-by-step, you’ll be dancing into major swerte in 2016.

B/Biyahe: Postcard from Mt. Batolusong

At the start of 2016, BENCH BLOG emphasizes a rediscovery of domestic destinations as a grand resolution. Through the month, we field postcards from our favorite new nomads: travelers who inspire wanderlust through their itinerant Instagram feeds. This week, new nomad Lea Valenzuela and sends us #LoveLocal all the way from Mt. Batolusong in Tanay, Rizal.  […]