What’s Benchingko Films?

You may have seen these billboards on EDSA/Guadalupe and like me, wondered what they’re all about.

3 Benchingko PERYA
4 Benchingko KAMA
5 Benchingko HORSE POWER
2 Benchingko STAR TEACHER

To celebrate its 25th year in the retail industry, BENCH clothing and lifestyle brand, together with their advertising agency, TBWA\Santiago Mangada Puno, have released a couple of trailers on BenchTV, the official YouTube account of BENCH.
Piolo Pascual, Coco Martin, Lovi Poe, Bella Flores, and Lucy Torres-Gomez each star in a short film with genres ranging from serious drama to musical/comedy. And to officially launch these films, a red carpet premiere night is scheduled on Friday July 27, 2012 at the Mall of Asia. Watch.



Just say NO to fake ink

Last January 2010, HP convinced me to trade in my beloved Epson printer for an HP Photosmart Premium.
While I was very hesitant to give up my trusted printer, the idea of having a wireless one appealed to me.
So I gave in, accepted this, and fell in love.

HP Photosmart Premium

It printed beautifully without much problems. But by May 2011, I had already spent 25,000 on HP ink alone. I wish I could trade the empty cartridges for something, like they do at MAC cosmetics, where you can trade in six empty foundation compacts for a free lipstick (but only in richer countries like Hong Kong and Singapore).
Since HP doesn’t have a program like that, I actually took my empties to the HP office in Singapore for recycling.

Php 25,000 worth of used ink

I tried to find other ways to save on ink costs and found an offer on Amazon.com. Unfortunately I misread the description and failed to read the word “compatible.” I thought I was buying Hewlett Packard ink. I was really surprised to receive a ton of fake ink, which worked in the beginning but ultimately destroyed my printer heads.

Fake ink ruined my printer heads

It was so bad, I ended up throwing out even genuine HP ink that refused to work because the printer heads were clogged.
My printer is currently being repaired. Luckily, HP gifted me with an improved version of their wireless printer. Not only does it print photo-quality pictures and documents, it also scans and photocopies whatever you need at home.


The good news is, it comes with four ink cartridges (instead of five), with a more affordable price tag (black ink is Php 390 and cyan/magenta/yellow are Php 260 each, instead of the Php 500++ I used to pay for the other model).

Cheaper ink!

The printer itself costs only Php 7,900. I just installed it today—no need to read instructions as I’m quite used to the HP setup.

New printer!

As for the other printer I refuse to give up, that’s going to my new apartment which should be occupiable in a couple of months (I hope!).
To know more about HP wireless printers, click here.

They’re back!

Thanks to Malate resident Carlos Celdran, we found out that Chicken ala Kiev was back on Café Adriatico’s menu!
So now we have an excuse to eat there every time we find ourselves in the area.
Like yesterday after the screening of Ang Nawawala at the CCP. Four of us looked forward to early dinner at Café Adriatico despite the storm brewing up—delubyo levels, as Grace put it.
We shared a salad, garlic mushrooms, and spicy gambas for starters. Patty had salpicao for her main course, while Pia, Grace and I each had a plate of the best Chicken Kiev in town.

Chicken ala Kiev
Chicken ala Kiev

We finished this off by sharing Sans Rival, Canonigo and coffee. And I’m hoping to do this again on Tuesday!


To know more about Café Adriatico, click here.

Felix Roco is haunting me

My inner Blanche Dubois will never tire of faces like Felix Roco, who became known when he starred in Pepe Diokno’s debut film, Engkwentro, which won two major awards in the 2009 Venice Film Festival.
These photos, taken by Bianca Balbuena, have that Leopoldo Salcedo kind of feel.

Felix Roco
Felix Roco

Leopoldo Salcedo in his prime


Felix is, in fact, one of Bembol Roco’s twin sons who have followed in his footsteps.
Bembol, a.k.a. Rafael Roco Jr. is best known for his critically acclaimed role as Julio Madiaga in Maynila: Sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag.

Bembol Roco

Felix has that boyish Jujiin Samonte look, minus the outlandish costumes

Felix Roco

Felix Roco

Felix Roco

This afternoon I finally saw him onscreen in Marie Jamora’s Cinemalaya entry, Ang Nawawala, where he plays the dead brother of his real-life twin, Dominic Roco (below).

Dominic Roco
Dominic Roco

What’s funny is, Grace, Mich and I were more interested in Felix who plays a supporting role in the movie. I don’t even like earrings. But his face, his voice, are something else. So easy on the eyes.

Felix Roco

Ang Nawawala is a finalist in the Cinemalaya Film Festival’s New Breed Full-Length Feature category and will run until July 29, 2012.
To know more, click HERE.


Do you have what it takes to wear Bench underwear?

Who’s looking forward to the Bench underwear show this September 13 and 14 at the Mall of Asia Arena?
I am! I’m also hoping I can take some friends who are flying in from Bangkok and Hong Kong.
Sorry for posting this so late on a Thursday night, but if you’re fit and up to the challenge, this Sunday there’s an open casting call for underwear models at the Edsa Shangri-La Ballroom beginning 1 PM.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old. Bring a résumé and a headshot (and portfolio if you have one).
Women must be at least 5’7″ tall and men should be 5’10” and up.

Bench go-see

Wanna see what went down at the Bench go-see in 2010? Click HERE to find out.

The panel


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