Bench Tower opens with Lee Min Ho

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.

Guess what this is?

Now everyone’s moving to the Fort area, including Bench.
Here’s the new Bench Tower at Bonifacio Global City.

Bench Tower Pasay

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.

Lee Min Ho

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)

Bench ribbon cutting

When I arrived the fans were still waiting for another glimpse of Lee Min Ho. So organized and civilized :)

Lee Min Ho fans

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

Tessa Valdes, Arnold Vegafria, John Pratts

Small Laude, Korina Sanchez, Anton San Diego

Small Laude, Korina Sanchez, Anton San Diego

Lucy Torres Gomez with Mayor Len Alonte of Biñan

Lucy Torres Gomez with Mayor Len Alonte

But more than the who’s who, I was enamored by the VIP lounge, designed by Miguel Pastor.

Kitchen lounge

Reminds me of Cathay Pacific lounge

Kitchen lounge

Of course I saw these! Though I only drink Coke once a week now

small coke

Went down to the 21st floor for the Lee Min Ho press conference which was teeming with reporters, bloggers, photographers

Lee MIn Ho media event

It was so full, Ben Chan and his VIP guests gave way to us and sat humbly at the side

Lee MIn Ho media event

Unlike the Sarah Jessica Parker press con at SM Aura, this one was quite civilized. No rabid fans blocking our view :)

Lee Min Ho

Sam Oh interviewed Lee Min Ho. I really love him! Kind of sad I couldn’t scream.

Sam Oh and Lee Min Ho

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.

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Sam Ajdani

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Juliana Gomez

Juliana Gomez

Bench CEO, Ben Chan

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 :)

Lee Min Ho fans

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  • kitty

    Sam Ajdani!!!

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