Brooklyn Beckham in Manila


You can somehow determine the age group of the people around you based on the topic of their conversations. For the past week, there have been only two hot topics in almost of all the hen lunches, cocktail parties and beer sessions in our city.

For millennials, the arrival of Brooklyn Beckham was the only thing of import. If you catch yourself asking, “who?” you have just dated yourself.

Brooklyn is Bench’s newest international brand ambassador, one the brand calls a “global Benchsetter” to emphasize his trendsetting style. He is not only a student, a model, a style star, and a budding photographer, he is the son of David Beckham. He has already published a book, “What I See,” which gave everyone a peek into his life on the daily, and the things and people he loves to photograph.

Although he takes after his superstar parents, Becks and the former Posh Spice, Brooklyn has already come into his own. At 18, he continues to prove there’s a reason they call him Britain’s golden boy, and that there’s way more to him than just his famous last name.

Brooklyn was in Manila for a quick round of book signing events at the SM Mega Fashion Hall and SM Mall of Asia last week, and ended his day at the ribbon cutting and party for the Bench flagship store at Bonifacio High Street. Brooklyn’s official limousine for his Manila visit was courtesy of Mercedes Benz Philippines.

The ribbon cutting had Brooklyn as the guest of honor. Present for the occasion were Taguig City Mayor Lani Cayetano, Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez, Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez, Ayala Malls’ head Rowena Tomeldan, and Suyen Corporation’s executives Virgilio Lim, Nenita Lim, Bryan Lim and Ben Chan.

The young charmer also graced the press preview for the soon-to-open Bench Café. Present at the event were Bench endorsers Grae Fernandez, Gabbi Garcia, Ruru Madrid, Coleen Garcia, Marco Gumabao, Dominic Roque, Sanya Lopez, Ashley Ortega, David Licauco, Graham Caygill, and Benchsetters Juliana Gomez, Leila Alcasid, Emil Khodaverdi, Mathew Custodio, Rhys Eugenio, and LA Aguinaldo.

Located in Bonifacio High Street, the three-storey flagship store is solid proof that Bench has evolved from a small clothing label to a complete lifestyle brand. Bench’s resident architect Miguel Pastor says the store’s overall layout was driven by the growing need to cater to the younger generation.

Aside from the Instagram-worthy neon signs and larger-than-life images of today’s hottest local and foreign celebs, the Bench flagship store has the Bench Design Studio, where customers can become immersed in the design process and personalize their own t-shirts with vinyl prints, patches, and emojis, or the graphic tee corner. There’s also a section for the all-new Bench Active line, a whole wall of scents and skincare necessities, and an entire area devoted to the good old Bench Overhauled Jeans.

A staircase situated at the right side of the store’s entrance leads to the first ever Bench Café, while the third floor has both a Bench Fix Salon and Bench Barbers waiting to pamper all the ladies and gents who walk in. The Bench flagship store is located at 9th Ave. cor. Lane O, Bonifacio High Street, BGC. For more updates, follow Bench @benchtm on Instagram.

The other hot topic du jour is Korina Sanchez-Roxas gracing the new Belo Thermage billboard. Her chiseled jawline and firmly toned arms have all wondering about the procedures Korina did at Dr. Vicki Belo’s clinic. Yes, she looks half her age!

At the Christmas party of Swatch grand dame Virgie Ramos, Korina told me about Belo Thermage, the only non-invasive treatment that delivers tighter skin, renewed facial contours and healthier collagen. The procedure employs a patented radiofrequency technology called ThermaCool System. It has been clinically proven to tighten and gently lift skin to smooth out wrinkles and define facial contours. The incision-free procedure is fast and easy, and requires no downtime from normal activities. Unlike lasers, the procedure can be performed on patients of all skin types.

Since this treatment is non-invasive, I told Dr. Vicki that I would give Belo Thermage a try. I had my intro procedure to Belo Beauty with Vicki herself, along with young singer Morisette.

Unfortunately, I didn’t transform like Korina, but I’m very happy with my results. I found out Korina also had Embedded Protein Threads. These are special threads of varying lengths that are inserted into different points on the face to help improve facial contour with noted lifting and tightening. It is ideal for deep wrinkles on the face that are difficult to correct with Botox alone.

Lastly, Korina had Belo Vita, a new anti-aging treatment that promotes skin regeneration and tissue repair leading to a more youthful, moisturized and fairer skin. The procedure involves the use of a specialized injector that accurately and safely delivers rejuvenating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, glutathione and PDRN (polydeoxiribonucleotide), derived from salmon sperm likened to actual human DNA, which aids in cell proliferation or growth.

The trio Belo combination, plus Korina’s slimmer figure, makes for an incredibly beautiful transformation. We couldn’t help but talk about Korina at the thanksgiving dinner party of renowned Filipina jewelry designer and three-time Katha Awards winner Ann Ong.

Among 40 family and friends, Ann hosted an intimate Chinese dinner at Canton Place in the Shangri-La at the Fort to celebrate her birthday. She also displayed her 2018 collection for the New York Now Show.

Ann continues to make her mark on the global stage as she presents her newest collection of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pieces, titled “Surround Yourself with Nature.” If you’re in New York, catch Ann Ong’s exhibit at Jacob Javits Center At Artisan Resource New York Now from February 4 to 7. Her local store is located at Shangri-La at the Fort. To see the complete collection, visit

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