For many years, I’d visit the Bench headquarters in Pasay for various meetings.
On display was the scull boat Richard Gomez used in the famous Sculler TV commercial in 1991.
Now everyone’s moving to the Fort area, including Bench.
Here’s the new Bench Tower at Bonifacio Global City.
I was there last week to see my favorite Korean heartthrob, Lee Min Ho.
Lee Min Ho, one of Bench’s many endorsers, is the star of my favorite Korean drama, Boys Over Flowers.
Earlier that day Bench officially inaugurated the building (L-R:) Virgilio and Nenita Lim, Carlos Chan, Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano, actor Lee Min Ho, Ben Chan, Lucy and Richard Gomez (Photo: @lucytgomez on Instagram)
When I arrived the fans were still waiting for another glimpse of Lee Min Ho. So organized and civilized
I saw Bench VP Bryan Lim in the elevator and invited myself to the VIP area at the Penthouse.
Saw Tessa Valdes, Arnold Vegafria and John Prats
Small Laude, Korina Sanchez, Anton San Diego
Lucy Torres Gomez with Mayor Len Alonte of Biñan
But more than the who’s who, I was enamored by the VIP lounge, designed by Miguel Pastor.
Reminds me of Cathay Pacific lounge
Of course I saw these! Though I only drink Coke once a week now
Went down to the 21st floor for the Lee Min Ho press conference which was teeming with reporters, bloggers, photographers
It was so full, Ben Chan and his VIP guests gave way to us and sat humbly at the side
Unlike the Sarah Jessica Parker press con at SM Aura, this one was quite civilized. No rabid fans blocking our view
Sam Oh interviewed Lee Min Ho. I really love him! Kind of sad I couldn’t scream.
After the press con we were led to the basement, in time for Ronnie Salvacion’s photo exhibit of Bench images through the years. Saw Patrick Uy working.
Bench CEO, Ben Chan
On my way out the fans were still waiting for Lee Min Ho, who passed by quickly in a van. And they screamed! Made me feel lucky he was just three meters away from me. (Hoping to tour the rest of the Bench office