Monique Toda
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A good day to be a dog
by Monique Toda - March 3, 2024 - 12:00am
K-beauty, K-drama, K-pop, K-fashion?
‘I love earth’: Newport World Resorts counts the ways
by Monique Toda - February 6, 2024 - 12:00am
I love earth”— that’s a direct and bold statement. It’s been heard too many times since “sustainability” became a buzzword years ago.
Marrying a love for the Philippines with chocolate
by Monique Toda - January 11, 2024 - 12:00am
This green-eyed, handsome man is a chocolatier. Christian Valdes magically conjures up chocolate creations, that casts a spell on our palates to want more. What’s interesting is that you can taste a bit of...
Lee Min-ho: ‘I want to vacation in a secret, quiet Island in the Philippines’
by Monique Toda - October 18, 2023 - 12:00am
The energy of the Philippines is wonderful,” says Korean super-duper star Lee Min-ho.
‘Because of you, I exist,’ says Korean star Ahn Hyo-seop to his fans
by Monique Toda - October 11, 2023 - 12:00am
Love keeps me happy,” said boyish new Bench global ambassador Ahn Hyo-seop during the Korean star’s introduction to the media. Before any speculation arises as to his love life, the handsome actor said...
‘I get emotional that my Good Boy character was accepted around the world,’ says Kim Seon-ho. Talaga!
by Monique Toda - July 26, 2023 - 12:00am
When I asked how he defines a good day, Korean actor and new Bench global ambassador Kim Seon-ho said that it might be a bland answer, but “today is a good day.”
I asked AI to express human feeling, and this is what i got
by Monique Toda - May 9, 2023 - 12:00am
It looks like we are starting to live in a sci-fi movie. With all these artificial intelligence chat apps available, pretty soon, we will rely on this technology for businesses, entertainment, design, and even ...
More women are rising in art
by Monique Toda - March 19, 2023 - 12:00am
Almost all the artworks were sold out on opening day, a mark of success for the recently concluded “Women Rise: A Women Artists Exhibition.” Featuring 37 female artists, the event was held in celebration...
Stray Kids bring their cool, youthful K-pop vibe
by Monique Toda - January 24, 2023 - 12:00am
The eight good-looking members of K-pop boy group Stray Kids came out all in cool blue and white outfits, identical yet individualistic, as they were presented as the new global ambassadors of Bench.
The anatomy of watches
by Monique Toda - November 30, 2022 - 12:00am
Vacheron Constantin horologist Christian Selmoni: ‘We have mastery in all aspects of fine watchmaking. Our watches are also objects which create emotion.’
Can you taste the love in this pizza party?
by Monique Toda - November 3, 2022 - 12:00am
A Mano celebrated its Top Pizza Guide win by collaborating with fellow winners, Pizza Massilia chefs Luca Appino and Michele Fernando on an Italian feast.
Art, beauty, and time
by Monique Toda - October 26, 2022 - 12:00am
How do you measure time? Time is a continuous series of past, present, and future events, and Vacheron Constantin, the luxury watchmaker, has had a lot of it, having been making their exquisite timepieces since 1755....
On your mark, get set, reset!
by Monique Toda - October 18, 2022 - 12:00am
I got a dose of a much-needed health calibration I mean physical, mental, emotional, and in a way, spiritual, at the newly launched Niyama Wellness Center at Anya Resort Tagaytay.
The new Bench Cafe' Menu is more personalized, flexible, affordable and really good
by Monique Toda - October 13, 2022 - 12:00am
Bench Café’s new menu is fun.
Breaking the snobbish appeal of wines
by Monique Toda - September 29, 2022 - 12:00am
Erase all your perceptions of snobbish and elitist wine appreciation.
Green mama Andie Reloza on mindful living
by Monique Toda - August 9, 2022 - 12:00am
Starting the day with thanksgiving is how Andie Fernandez-Reloza depicts her practice of “living mindfully.”
How the Extraordinary Rowoon Won Our Affection
by Monique Toda - June 27, 2022 - 7:00pm
Rowoon looked good in a barong tagalog. Amidst deafening cheers and screams, the Korean actor/singer changed into our traditional attire on stage in the Rowoon in Manila fan meet organized by Globe Kmunnity PH at...
You can’t buy happiness but you can buy gelato
by Monique Toda - March 31, 2022 - 12:00am
Ice cream is a year-round favorite treat but more so in the summer. The sweltering sun complemented by icy-cold gelato is the most glorious of combinations.
1120 house is the newest lifestyle place
by Monique Toda - December 5, 2021 - 12:00am
‘It really feels like you’re going to someone’s house there’s a garden. there’s food and dining, and beautiful things. We preach slow living, which embodies our brand,’ says marketing...
For love of the earth: Recycle, Upcycle, Ucycle
by Monique Toda - October 30, 2021 - 12:00am
Sustainability is an overused word. Being a member of the global community with an awareness that the world’s resources are dwindling, I strongly believe in it. Sometimes, though, I think the term is just used...
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