Without spoiling the Bench/ Body swimwears that the Miss World Philippines 2021 Candidates will wear on Press Presentation and the Beach Beauty Challenge, here is an exclusive* video of the 45 ladies during the closed-door swimsuit preview held at the Bench Tower in BGC yesterday.
National Director Arnold Vegafria (standing, left photo) poses with the ladies at the holding area after the closed door event.
Each candidate was gifted with a box of Bench/ lifestyle “Queenssentials” products which they will promote as part of the Multimedia Challenge of the competition.
The screening panel during the activity was made up of Ben Chan, Miguel Pastor and Bryan Lim of Bench, Ara Arida and Designer Rhett Eala.
PS You will only get to see their faces above.
* – Your blogger was the only member of the pageant media given access to the proceedings, mainly due to the closed-door nature of the same.
What’s better than going to the Bench flagship store in BGC and being served with sumptuous merienda fares at Bench Cafe? It’s getting free shopping vouchers from Ben Chan himself!
The Mr World 2019 Candidates totally enjoyed their afternoon at Bench. They were treated to a good meal at Bench Cafe first before heading downstairs to shop using the gift vouchers generously given by Ben Chan. The guys had an enjoyable time checking out all the merchandise in the store – from shirts to shorts to jackets to denim jeans to inner wear to watches to shades and more!
Check out the photos below.
During this trip to Canada of Miss Globe 2015 Ann Colis, she made sure that her luggage is full of creations from Filipino designers. If that’s not enough, all her shoes are from Casadei, a Bench Global Brand.
Ann in Anthony Ramirez when she watched the Stephan Caras Fall/Winter Collection 2016 for Toronto Fashion Week. Shoes by Casadei.
And when Ann attended the Stephan Caras Fall/Winter 2016 Collection for Toronto Fashion Week, she slipped into a black Anthony Ramirez original which showed her fierce aura complete with killer Casadei heels.
Ann in Nat Manilag with shoes by Casadei
During her visit to the Toronto Courts to witness a live hearing and learn more about the Canadian Justice System, she sported a Nat Manilag suit that brought out her dreams of becomimg a Lawyer someday.
Ann in Avel Bacudio during the Welcome Dinner of the Fil-Canadian Community. Shoes by Casadei
Avel Bacudio, on the other hand, was highlighted during the Welcome Dinner of the Fil-Canadian Community at the Toula Restaurant inside Westin Harbour Castle. It was a very exciting event for Ann in her pink number. She was surrounded by Consuls from Burundi and Albania plus a number of important Canadian Officials.
And it won’t stop there. Ann is headed to Montreal soon. She will definitely be wearing more Filipino designs – proudly all the time! 🙂
Miss Globe 2015 Ann Colis with pageant organizers and guests during the Welcome Dinner
Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Bianca Guidotti, Mister World Philippines 2014 John Spainhour and Bb. Pilipinas 2015 Semifinalist Alaiza Malinao for Mobo X Bench Body (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova)
Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Bianca Guidotti by Bruce Casanova
During last weekend’s Mobo X Bench Body: Red Charity Gala 2015 at the Makati Shangri-la Hotel, there were some very familiar faces who walked the runway for a good cause. In these images shot by my photographer-friend Bruce Casanova, you can see the likes of Bb. Pilipinas International 2014 Bianca Guidotti, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Marie Santiago, Mr. World Philippines 2014 John Spainhour and Bb. Pilipinas 2015 Finalist Alaiza Malinao. There were also male Supermodels such as Eian Scully, River Viiperi and Kevin Hubsmith.
The annual fashion event, organized by adorable society icon Tessa Prieto Valdes and Kaye Tinga, aims to raise funds for the Philippine Red Cross and Assumption High School Batch 1981 Foundation.
Enjoy the photos now! 😉
International male Supermodels Eian Scully (left) and River Viiperi (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova)
Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Marie Santiago by Bruce Casanova
Left-to-right: Kaye Tinga, Ben Chan, Lesley Mobo and Tessa Prieto-Valdes (Photo credit: Bruce Casanova)
Ben Chan (in black coat) and some of his celebrity topbillers for this year's Bench Denim and Underwear Show
Last Friday, an exclusive preview was held for the Press to drum up “The Naked Truth”, the Bench Denim and Underwear Show scheduled on September 19 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
Present were some of the celebrities who will walk the ramp wearing the latest collection in the clothing brand’s OJ Denim and Bench Body lines. The likes of actors Tom Rodriguez, Dennis Trillo, Martin del Rosario and Dominic Roque graced the event, as well as singer and indie performer Markki Stroem, athlete Arnold Van Opstal, international model Allison Harvard and Miss World 1st Runner-up Gwen Ruais.
The show will try to raise the bar for 2014 by pushing the envelope in the show’s concept and revelations. And it would be an understatement to say that this is going to be the hottest ticket to get a hold of.
So if I were you, I’d start shopping (splurging if you will) at Bench to receive an invite. 😉
A very skinny Gwen Ruais in the middle of underwear-clad models
(Left to right): Allison Harvard, Arnold Van Opstal, Martin del Rosario and Markki Stroem
All images above were provided by Miguel Pastor through the courtesy of felixmanuel.opmbworldwide.com
Bench Universe in one word: Spectacular!
Ben Chan (center) acknowledges the applause (and standing ovation) of the audience.
The fantasy that is Lovi Poe!
The Philippine Volcanoes with rugby balls, sans uniforms!
Hotter than hot Benjamin Alves!
Displaying his swimmer’s body, Enchong Dee sizzles!
Did Jake Cuenca leave the stage just like that? Nah, the yellow undie was ripped apart!
Shirtless and sexy, that’s Rocco Nacino for you!
Does the body paint distract you? Enzo Pineda makes sure you don’t!
Sarah Lahbati shows why she is one of today’s hottest IT girls!
From Century Tuna to Bench, John Spainhour channels his inner knight without the steel armours!
Aljur Knifehands, anyone? This Abrenica hottie shows his body to die for!
The look from behind is scorching hot!
Job well done, Bench!
No need for a lot of words in this post. Let the pictures speak for themselves. Suffice it to say that the Mall of Asia Arena was full of hot bodies for Bench Universe.
All images courtesy of Bruce Casanova. If you want to see more, click HERE. 😉
courtesy of BenchTV
I just love the concept of Bench TV and benchingko/films. And I dig their short films as well. The one above is entitled “Kama” (Bed), a 5-minute musical which features Lovi Poe in one of the sets (Kamanyakan). The three other shorts are “Perya” with Piolo Pascual, “Horsepower” with Coco Martin, “Star Teacher” with Lucy Torres-Gomez, “Kontrabida 101″ with Bella Flores, and “25 Bens” starring Ben Chan himself.
The indefatigable Ben Chan in his first film appearance:
courtesy of BenchTV
These movies were released as part of Bench’s 25 years in the business.
The Philippine Volcanoes in their new underwear ad for Bench Body
Their first underwear ads for Bench Body caused quite a controversial stir after the gigantic billboards (especially the ones at Guadalupe Bridge) were removed by MMDA Officials for provoking more than just the desire to buy a bikini/boxer brief or two. It did not dampen the team that recently topped the A5N (Asian Five Nations) Rugby Championships – the country’s first-ever win. As a result, Bench owner was inspired to schedule a new photoshoot for the boys. This time around, they were asked to wear more traditional – albeit less traditionally-designed – lower undergarments. And with a lot of black grease slapped on their muscular bodies at that.
Do you like the new concept? Well, I patronize Bench Body regardless so with or without this ad, it won’t matter. What I love, however, is the commitment of all the members to play for national pride despite majority of them being born and raised in other parts of the world. 😉
Here are photos from the Bench/Uncut Denim & Underwear Show held last July 2, 2010 at the Araneta Coliseum. Many thanks to Photographer Fritz Tentativa and his website. Enjoy!
Comedienne Pokwang and her posse'
JC de Vera with the gorgeous Georgina Wilson on the right.
Kris Bernal, Diether Ocampo & Coco Martin on the foreground.
Zanjoe Marudo (in black) with (L-R) Gerald Anderson, Karylle, Kim Chiu, Vina Morales & Christian Bautista
More of the Bench models who provided the sizzles!
They may not be the main models but they certainly gave the show more spiciness!
The underwear models who did the Africa segment.
All-time favorite Bench model Jon Hall
Jake Cuenca closed the show, but I couldn't post his more revealing shot after removing the huge cape and classic brief. LOL!
Bench Owner & President Ben Chan acknowledging the applause during the show's curtain call.
Once more, thanks to Mr. Fritz Tentativa for the images above. If you want to see more, you can click HERE. 😉