B/Biyahe: Postcard from Bataan

  As summer winds down, BENCH BLOG emphasizes a rediscovery of domestic destinations before we settle indoors. To wrap up this travel-hardy season, new nomad JM Sabariaga (@jm.sabriaga) sends us #LoveLocal all the way from Bataan.  Story behind the snap:  “I like going to unfamiliar places that have breathtaking sceneries and inspire tranquility. Since its proximity […]

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 […]

B/Biyahe: Postcard from Nasugbu

  As summer warms up our wanderlust, BENCH BLOG emphasizes a rediscovery of domestic destinations. Through the season, we field postcards from our favorite nomads: travelers who inspire travel through their itinerant Instagram feeds. This week, new nomad Javy Cang sends us #LoveLocal all the way from Nasugbu, Batangas.   Story behind the snaps:  My […]

B/Biyahe: Postcard from Mt. Pulag

At the start of 2016, BENCH BLOG emphasizes a rediscovery of domestic destinations as a grand resolution. Through the year, we field postcards from our favorite new nomads: travelers who inspire wanderlust through their itinerant Instagram feeds. This week, nomadic couple Tin Bejar and Jason Chua send us #LoveLocal all the way from Mt. Pulag in […]

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.  […]

B/Biyahe: Postcard from Masungi

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 Paolo Cuarteron (@paocua) sends us #LoveLocal all the way from the Masungi Georeserve in […]

B/BIYAHE: Baler, Aurora with Surfista’s Elaine Abonal

Words by Margarita Buenaventura Everybody wants to be a surfer these days, and why not? When the sun’s out to play, might as well catch a sweet wave to beat the heat. Those rash guards and bikinis won’t be wearing themselves, after all. Surfer and water babe Elaine Abonal knows this all too well. Besides […]

A Human Holiday Moment with Nikki Luna & Mikee Carrion

As frequently as Nikki Luna explores the Philippines for her Rappler travel show #SharePH, there’s definitely no keeping her from being home for the holidays. In a year that saw her work exhibited at Art Stage Singapore and a solo show at Silverlens, the acclaimed artist, activist, and HUMAN endorser has been due for a […]

BENCH MEETS An Estrada

It seems anyone can win social media these days. With photo-editing apps and the option to schedule posts to primetime, “likes” come pretty cheap. A greater victory in today’s viral world? Keeping your mystery amid all the over-sharing. An Estrada is one half of a duo that’s managed mystique despite a massive online following. Though […]

Wander Girls

The older we get, the more we forget. But the same can’t be said when we talk about our best gal pal: the one who’s seen the skeletons in our closet, knows that we are lying when we swear to never drink again, and tells us what they really think about our favorite denim booty […]