BENCH MEETS Xtina Superstar

By Hannah Cruz “I don’t really care,” Xtina Superstar says of that time one of her 140-character missives ended up a Tweet of the Week on a local entertainment website, “but someone tweeted me that some bar in Tomas Morato had a ‘No Cross Dressers’ rule and I was not going to let that pass.”  […]

BENCH MEETS Mano Gonzales

24-year-old artist Mano Gonzales has drawn himself quite a following. His portraits reveal humanity rendered raw and in painful detail, landing him a slew of exhibits that include one held at the Picasso Hotel early this year. A recent collaboration with BJ Pascual and portraits commissioned by the likes of Isabelle Daza have gotten more […]

BENCH/MEETS: Samantha Lee

With her sexy brand of gender-defying style, filmmaker Sam Lee has become a fixture in magazines and the Instagrams of industry heavies BJ Pascual and Liz Uy. She’s emerged less an It Girl and more a femme fascination: a sideboob-baring darling in front of the cameras whose work behind them is even more impressive. Besides […]


Stay in school, kids, and you may find yourselves sitting pretty one day. Through a thesis grant from her university, Tini Dahl was visiting the Philippines to research the country’s economic development when the Fil-Norwegian stunner started turning heads and setting off camera flashes.