Bench Blackout Denim & Underwear Show 2008 Pics

Written By bryanboy

Bench Blackout 2008

Whew what a night. I just got back from the Bench underwear and denim show at Araneta Coliseum which happens every two years. I know y’all Americans have the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show featuring top-notch models… well, here in the third world we have celebrities (in addition to models) ‘modeling’ for mega-brand Bench. I know virtually nothing about the local scene and I thought this is the right time to immerse myself in, well, you know, local “culture”. Natch! Haha! In all seriousness however, other than the usual celebrity suspects, I really had no clue who is who and who is what because Filipino showbiz does NOT interest me at all and I don’t watch TV.

Photo: CVS

Anyhoo, it was a big, big, BIG, HUGE production and I swear, ALL the gays were there! My friend and I were joking that if some terrorist organization bombed the coliseum, there would be no gays left in the Philippines.

Here’s something for the memories. I was like…. HUWATTTT? LOL

Are you ready for more hilarity? Click click click for photos!

Check out the crowd!

John Galliano is dat chu?

Nothing to see here… moving along…

Yes my readers, his name is DING DONG. I shit you not!

Like most shows in the Philippines, it ain’t a show unless the imports were there.

Oh no they didn’t!

Lesley Mobo, designer of British label Jasmine de Milo, collaborated with Bench for an underwear line.

And for those of you celeb-watchers out there, here are several Filipino celebrities. All of them are household names. Big fish, small pond, 7107 islands.

To wrap things up, here’s something that completed my night and made me smile. The venerable fashion icon Diane Pernet was there in spirit.

I think I’d rather see Diane in a gorgeous corset by Mr. Pearl though.

I had a fun night. It was awesome. Now let’s go back to regular programming. I think I need to sterilize myself from all this Filipino celebrity overload. It’s too much and my head is spinning! LOL.

I love you all as always and congrats to Bench for a successful show.


  1. it is nothing compared to Victoria Secret Fashion Show!
    bench doesn’t make fashion shows, they make crappy sleazefest… but some people would still buy tickets to watch it…
    SEX SELLS, SEX SELLS! lol! :)

  2. HOW grosse is this?
    Angelica Panginiban? Is that even how you spell her name? WTF?
    EWW Sam Milby and Gerald Anderson?
    The only worthy ones there are Zanjoe, cause he has ‘filo’ model appeal. Ding Dong cause he’ll always be cute and Richard Guitterez (however you spell that)
    However congrats to bench!

  3. i saw you last night there, with cecile zamora !!!
    love you both.

  4. Hi Bryan, May I borrow the pic of angelica p. for my blog? Thanks :D I’ll credit you of course

  5. nathan castillo

    why did u wear that thing in eastwood?Are you trying to revive michael jackson’s pajama fiasco?HIDEOUS!!!

  6. I agree with JedMeister, this isn’t Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, not even close…
    Although I like the 2 pictures after crowd pic, though. It reminded me ( alittle bit) of Commes Des Garcon (I apologize if I misspelled this), and yes, sex sells, but not as much as Tom Ford does…

  7. Hmm.. I guess anyone with a GYM membership can be a model in the Phlippines. I see theres no height requirement.. you dont have to have to be handsome, have chiselled features or cheekbones.. And dont even get me started on the BULGES.. they all wear their CO#KS up, to give them more bulge,.. balls balge.

  8. phoebe

    yuck andyan si angelica!??!?!??! taba nya!!! at saka sarah geronimo!???!?! mukhang tsimay…

  9. Tommy Albert

    Some of the models need to cut down on rice.
    I luv most of the clothes you wear–but the pants that night…what happened? MC hammer, is dat chu?

  10. it was fantastic!they are good looking!nice outfit,nice models, especially the actors.ang cute ni sarah G.

  11. RonTab

    The models were really hot, the underwear and the jeans would make you want to rush to the nearest bench store and buy a pair or two. but the concept was not as fabulous as previous shows. It got boring and predictable.

  12. iAmAko

    I’m never impressed with Bench shows. It always looks trying hard. Whatevah!

  13. Don Hasaski

    ever so gorgeous , human race affection wears , models are so sexly , so adoring , nude and tempting , i like it .

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