Temptation Island, rewind

You know me, I love all kinds of Tagalog movies. I’ll watch anything on Cinema One, like everyday.
One of my all-time favorites is the original Temptation Island from 1980.
Created by Joey Gosienfiao, it starred Dina Bonnevie, Azenith Briones, Bambi Arambulo and Jennifer Cortez as contestants of the Manila Sunshine beauty pageant and Deborah Sun as the maid.
Others in the stellar cast were Ricky Belmonte, the late Alfie Anido, Domingo Sabado, Jonas Sebastian, Tonio Gutierrez, Anita Linda, Lillian Laing, Bibeth Orteza, among others.
When it was released, the intention was to create a bold movie, but the result turned out to be more hilarious than sexy.
In other words, nobody got it. It took a few years for people to figure out what a gem this movie is/was.

Temptation Island

I first watched this movie when I was in high school, and frankly I was shocked that a Tagalog movie could be this campy.

I’m just happy to be the proud owner of this rare video.

Temptation Island

In 2006, I styled the Bench Fever underwear show with the theme Temptation Island.
Assisted by Jujiin Samonte, Pier Lim, Charmaine Palermo and Melvin Mojica, we were assigned to dress down celebrities like Rufa Mae Quinto, Alessandra de Rossi, James Blanco and Michelle Madrigal (Photos: Patrick Uy)

Temptation Island finale

Alex was the maid

Alessandra de Rossi

Michelle was a shipwrecked siren

Michelle Madrigal for Bench

James was a young DOM

For Mich

Rufa Mae, the queen

Ruffa Mae Quinto

Rocky Salumbides was Mr. Big Time and Mafae, another shipwrecked beauty

Rocky and Mafae

We made use of a lot fishnets on Charisse and Luke Jickain

Charisse for Bench

Part of our lineup during a fitting: Jon, Luke, Michael, Charisse

Part of my lineup

Back of Michael and Jon

Back of Michael and Jon

The rest of the photos I can’t show you because, well, we’re gonna have moms screaming another Bench scandal, hehe.
Anyway it was FUN. Can’t wait for the next underwear show.
(To be continued)

Experience Manila Hotel at Cirque du Soleil’s Grand Chapiteau

The most anticipated show of the year has finally arrived.
Presented by Manila Hotel, Varekai by Cirque du Soleil will run from June 22 to July 24, 2011 at the Grand Chapiteau, Luneta Park, Manila.

Grand Chapiteau Aerial


This grand event is Manila Hotel’s opening salvo for its centennial celebration that will culminate on October 2012.
To intensify your entertainment experience when you come to watch Varekai by Cirque du Soleil, head to the Manila Hotel booth at the concessions tent of the Grand Chapiteau to get your Manila Hotel Varekai limited edition notepad and Magique Gold Card.
Bearers of the Magique Gold Card are entitled to thrilling privileges at the Manila Hotel, from lucrative special room rates to a 20% discount in all of the Hotel’s restaurants.

MH_Varekai_Magique Gold Card

In addition, spectators of Varekai with Tapis Rouge tickets of the Grand Chapiteau will not only marvel at the amazing performances with premier seats but will also have access to the Tapis Rouge, the VIP hospitality tent, where they can savor exquisite hors d’oeuvres, wines, refreshments, and desserts specially prepared by Manila Hotel.
Parallel to the world class service of Manila Hotel, the Tapis Rouge offers unique executive class hospitality in a creative space with a distinct magical atmosphere.

For Varekai tickets, click here.

The Face Shop turns 5!

Originated from South Korea, The Face Shop is known for quality, natural body, bath, skin care and makeup products
made from 600 natural ingredients such as rice, plants, fruits mineral water and various herbs.
Founded in 1962 as a wholesale manufacturer of cosmetics, it opened its first retail stores in 2003 and rapidly expanded in 2005 with over 400 Face Shop branches in South Korea.
The Face Shop now enjoys a presence in Australia, Brunei, Canada, China, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, UAE, United States, and Vietnam.
Five years ago, Suyen Corporation, the powerhouse behind Bench, opened its first store in the Philippines.
To date, it has grown to 25 stores in major malls in Metro Manila, Cebu, Pampanga, Bacolod and Davao.


This July, The Face Shop treats its loyal customers to a raffle promo, where every single Php 1,000 single-receipt purchase of regular items entitles the customer to raffle ticket and the following prizes:
• Trip for two to Bellaroca Island Resort (one winner)
• Gift certificates worth Php 5,000 to The Face Shop, Aldo Shoes, Charles & Keith, or La Senza (five winners each)

5th Anniv

The Face Shop is located at Ayala Glorietta, TriNoma, SM North Edsa The Block, SM Megamall, Bonifacio High Street, Global City, SM Mall of Asia, Shangrila, Rockwell, Robinsons Ermita –Midtown Wing, Robinsons Galleria, SM Cebu, Eastwood Mall , Alabang Town Center, Ayala Center Cebu, SM Pampanga, Festival SuperMall, SM City Clark, Pampanga, SM Fairview, SM City Bacolod, Shoppesville, Greenhills Shopping Center, SM Taytay, SM Southmall, Newport City, SM Novaliches, Abreeza Mall, Davao.


Eiga Sai: Japanese film festival at the Shang

Shangri-La Plaza hosts the highly-anticipated Eiga Sai (Japanese Film Festival) this July 2-10, 2011 at Shang Cineplex Cinema 4.
Presented in partnership with the Japan Foundation and the Embassy of Japan, the festival, now on its 13th year, opens with an invitational screening of Departures (Okuribito) on July 1st, 7 PM at the Grand Atrium.
The screening is accompanied by a special performance by Renato Lucas, principal cellist of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, together with the group’s acclaimed pianist Naomi Sison.


Departures, winner of the 81st Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2009, takes on a bizarre and unique subject with an intelligent script and outstanding acting performance by Masahiro Motoki, who plays Daigo Kobayashi, an aspiring cellist-turned-encoffinner.
Motoki won Best Actor in the 32nd Japan Academy Prize in 2008 and Kinema Junpo Awards in 2009 for his role, complementing the brilliance of acclaimed director Yojiro Takita.

Other exciting films include One Million Yen Girl (Hyakumanen to Nigamushi Onna), a coming-of-age story that stars Japanese contemporary cinema’s rising star Yu Aoi, as a girl who vows to leave her bitter life once she saves up a million yen.


in The Chef of South Polar (Nanyoku ryorinin), the chef of a research group in the South Pole goes through great lengths to keep the table filled with delectable meals.


Animated film Summer Days with Coo (Kappa no Coo to natsu-yasumi) revolves around a human and an amphibious creature called Kappa, and the friendship that ensues between them.


Your Friend (Kimino Tomodachi) is the touching story between Emi and Yuki, who are both bullied in school but eventually help each other overcome their personal hindrances, and in turn, try to heal their classmates as well.

Your Friend

A dedicated reporter is faced with ethical issues and faces a string of life-changing decisions while he covers the biggest single-plane tragedy in the world in Climber’s High (Kuraimazu hai).

Climbers High

Yunagi City, Sakura Country (Yunagi no machi, sakura no kuni) examines the tragic effects of the Hiroshima bombing and the deep pain it carries through generations.

Yunagi City Sakura Country

In The Summit: A Chronicle of Stones (Tsurugidake: Ten no ki), protagonist Shibaski is given orders to conquer the last uncharted region of Japan—the inaccessible Mt. Tsurugidake, also known as the Mountain of Death.


Villon’s Wife (Villon no tsuma) confronts the struggles of Sachi, devoted wife to a popular but promiscuous writer.

Villon's Wife

In adrenaline-driven Feel the Wind (Kaze ga tsuyoku fuiteiru), ten runners aim to join the Hakone Ekiden—the ultimate event for long distance runners. From the fierce sectional race to the rights to join the competition, see how far these boys will run after their dreams.


For inquiries, contact 633-7851 loc.113 or go to http://www.shangrila-plaza.com.


Use Pond’s, watch Kylie

Pond’s Flawless White, the unbeaten whitening range from the country’s No. 1 skin care brand gives a once-in-a-lifetime treat to its loyal users.
Prepare to be enthralled as Pond’s Flawless White co-presents Kylie Minogue in her much-anticipated Aphrodite World Tour concert in Manila this July 5, 2011.

Kylie Minogue

Now in her 40s, Kylie revealed her secret to flawless radiant glow.
Following her mom’s skin regimen, Kylie attested using Pond’s Cold Cream on and it’s one of the reasons for her beautiful, youthful skin.


Now you have a chance to watch Kylie Minogue live, as Pond’s Flawless White gives away more than 300 tickets to her Aphrodite concert at the Araneta Coliseum at 8 PM.

There are two ways to join:

1) Follow Pond’s Philippines on Twitter and tweet:
I use the unbeaten power of Pond’s Flawless White everyday. Now I can use it to meet Kylie Minogue too! #Ponds_KylieMinogue

3 lucky winners can win 2 lower box tickets (each) plus a chance to meet and greet Kylie Minogue on the day of the concert.
Winners will be announced (weekly) on June 17, June 24 and July 1, 2011 on Pond’s Twitter and Facebook account.

2) Get more chances of winning when you buy Php 500 worth of Pond’s products inclusive of any Pond’s Flawless White in leading supermarkets, department stores and drugstores in Metro Manila. Accomplish an official raffle entry form from the Pond’s beauty advisor.

150 lucky shoppers will win 2 tickets (each) from either upper A, upper B and lower box sections via raffle supervised by a DTI representative.
Winners will be contacted and announced on Pond’s Facebook page on July 2, 2011.
They can claim their tickets at the Pond’s booth stationed at Araneta Coliseum on July 5 at 2:00 PM.

Pond's Kylie Minogue

To know more, visit Pond’s Facebook or ask your Pond’s beauty advisor for more information.

Bench’s new traffic hazzards

I haven’t seen any of the new Bench billboards yet, but I’ve been hearing about near-accidents caused by ball players in undies.
Grace swears she almost hit another car when she spotted Aly Borromeo on Edsa Southbound, in between Guadalupe and Estrella Street/Rockwell (how detailed!).

Bench Estrella Night Far

Aly Borromeo is the Team Captain of the Philippine Azkals, the national football team.

Aly Billboard

Less known but increasingly popular are the Philippine national rugby team, also known as the Philippine Volcanoes, spotted on Edsa Guadalupe. (Hmmm…..let’s clean up the Pasig River kaya.)

rugby guadalupe

Feast yer eyes…

 Throw Your Support Behind The Philippine Volcanoes!

Now meet your new Bench endorsers:

Jake Robrigado Letts
Date of Birth: 16 March 1988
Nationality: Filipino-Australian
Occupation: Post graduate student
Years playing rugby: Since I was 6 years old, so 17 years!
Rugby hero: Rupert ‘Uncle Scoops’ Zappia & Chooky Cullen

Jake Robrigado Letts

Patrice Ortiz Olivier
Date of Birth: 7 January 1990
Nationality: Filipino-French
Occupation: Rugby Player
Years playing rugby: 9
Rugby hero: Waffy Zappia

Patrice Ortiz Olivier

Ned Plarizan Stephenson
Birthday: June 11, 1992
Nationality: Filipino-Australian
Occupation: Student
Years Playing Rugby: 2
Rugby Hero: Quade Cooper

Ned Plariza Stephenson

Be careful when driving.

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