Bench pulled out all the stops for its Bench Universe fashion show held at The Arena last Thursday night, September 13. Its denim and underwear collection were showcased through collaborative efforts with top Filipino designers such as Michael Cinco, Randy Ortiz, Rajo Laurel, Cary Santiago, Ezra Santos, Joey Samson, and Furne On.
Kim Chiu was certainly a perfect choice for the opening act, wearing a glittering detachable gown as she walked onto the stage. She did not disappoint her fans by trading her long skirt for skimpy shorts and sky-high platform heels. It showed off her long flawless legs and lean frame. Joining her in that segment was Jake Cuenca who looked confident and proud with his body. He shocked the audience as he removed his underwear to reveal his thong briefs.
But it was Enchong Dee who made a powerful entrance as he appeared riding an aerial canoe and proceeded to climb down the stage with a harness. It was reminiscent of Richard Gomez who showed off his rowing skills for Bench’s first ever commercial back in the ‘90s. Enchong further wowed the audience with his gladiator-inspired look and sexy underwear.
For the futuristic presentation, Karylle made a surprisingly strong effect with her fierce attitude as she walked the ramp in her underwear and towering heels. It was certainly a different side of her, knowing that the singer-host doesn’t make it a habit to be the center of attention on and off cam. In the same vein, it suited Julia Montes to showcase girl power with her metal corset and skinny jeans.
Walang Hanggan rivals Coco Martin and Paulo Avelino also received lots of cheers from the crowd. Paulo even teased the audience as he pretended to pull down his briefs on stage. But while Paulo didn’t have qualms showing off his body, Coco was fully-clothed with wings attached for the finale. Although many were disappointed that he didn’t show up in his underwear, Coco still managed to get the loudest cheers from the crowd, who were probably avid viewers of his hit teleserye.
Other Kapamilya stars who participated in this successful event included Richard Gomez, Shaina Magdayao, Kathryn Bernardo, Sam Concepcion, Angeline Quinto, Christian Bautista, Rayver Cruz, Paul Jake Castillo, and Joseph Marco.