Monique Toda
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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...
Hyun Bin: 'Happiness? These days, it's being healthy and fit.'
by Monique Toda - July 1, 2021 - 12:00am
When I asked Hyun Bin what happiness is for him, he hesitated and said it was difficult to say.
K-drama heartthrob Byeon Woo Seok hopes to revisit Boracay
by Monique Toda - May 28, 2021 - 12:00am
Super-handsome Byeon Woo Seok was a standout alongside seasoned actors Park Bo Gum, Park So Dam (of Parasite fame) and even Park Seo Joon (a former Bench Global endorser) in last year’s hit K-Drama Record of...
Turning up my glow with K-drama star Cho Hye-Joo
by Monique Toda - May 26, 2021 - 12:00am
I admit that aside from the storylines, acting, exciting cliffhangers and feel-good endings, one of my attractions to K-dramas is the skin of its actors.
Malou and Raul Fores: A mother-son bonding that becomes warmer in the kitchen
by Monique Toda - May 16, 2021 - 12:00am
‘I first took creative writing in Canada. Then I realized I was just writing for myself and did some soul searching. I found myself watching every episode of “No Reservations” and decided to pursue...
Dexter Lee and Katleen Catapusan: ‘We were only five during our wedding, but what matters most is our love that made us weather the storm.’
by Monique Toda - April 14, 2021 - 12:00am
I t was the most unromantic of times. A global pandemic was raging and various lockdowns were observed in many places.
Park Seo-Jun is now the face of BYS cosmetics
by Monique Toda - October 1, 2020 - 12:00am
I have personally met Korean superstar Park Seo-Jun. It was for only 15 minutes, and it was an interview and not a social gathering, but it counts, right? Approximately around the same time last year, I was face...
Are sneakers the new art form?
by Monique Toda - September 30, 2020 - 12:00am
The most expensive sneakers ever made? The solid-gold OVO x Air Jordans at US$2 million
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