Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Conquerors Meet Richard Gomez

This happened last March 13. (So sorry for the late post!)

My brother and I have always loved and have always been a fan of Bench! My brother usually buy his closet essentials there and is actually collecting different colors of Bench Towels. He also has a loyalty card of Bench. While I love their Tofu Slippers, Undies and Colognes.

This year, Bench is celebrating their 25th Anniversary. So as part of their celebration, Bench is having a lot of promos and giveaways on their facebook and twitter page for their fans and loyalties. 

Last February, they held a promo on their twitter account where followers should constantly and actively answer their questions for 5 consecutive days. It's been quite a while that I cannot recall exactly what the 5 questions were anymore but the questions were all about the word CONQUER since the prize is a bottle of Conquer Perfume by Richard Gomez

Followers should tag @Benchtm with the hash tag  . Participants can tweet as many answers as they want. Since it's their 25th Year Anniversary, BenchTM will choose 25 consistent tweeters for the promo. Aside from a bottle of Conquer Perfume by Richard Gomez, winner will also have a chance to have a lunch date with Richard Gomez in a 5 star hotel!

I decided to join and ask my brother to join as well since we're both active on twitter and other social media sites. LOL. Well, it's also a way of promoting our favorite clothing brand. :)
Luckily, me and my brother Lui were chosen. We were announced as one of the CONQUERORS! 

Sadly, since the date will fall on a weekday, my brother sent my father (who idolizes Richard Gomez a lot) as his representative. And since the date will fall the day before my birthday, I decided to take a leave from work. haha!

Until March 13 arrived. 

My dad was so excited that we came at Circles Makati Shari-La as one of the early birds. I even had time to take this creative shot of him while waiting at the lobby!

I titled this photo 'The Enlightened One'. LOL! Love you dad!

It was our first time to enter at Shangri-La Makati, first time to eat at Circles and first time to meet Richard Gomez.

When Bench Staffs arrived at the restaurant, we were asked to join them in the exclusive function area at the restaurant. While waiting for Mr. Richard, we got the chance to mingle with other winners who made it that day and have some photo opts. 

This is my new found friend Anne (one of the early birds too), 22, she recently graduated last week. She's now a communication professional like me maybe one of the reasons why we easily got hooked with each other. we're almost the same age too because I was about to turn 21 by that time then. She does modelling and loves attending various fashion events.
Here is Ms. Gigi, PR Specialist of Bench, conducting an interview for a post-event PR for Bench.

Dad with Mr. Miguel of Bench.

The other winners.

Bench Family.

After a while, we were asked to eat lunch while still waiting for Mr. Richard. Yey!
Take note, it was a buffet lunch! So generous of Bench! :)

My father and I separated ways. He busy choosing from all the viands while I headed out on the 'Desserts' section immediately. haha!

I swear I am sooo gonna go back to this restaurant with my family! For only Php1,600, you can taste different scrumptious cuisines. So worth it! Will share to you guys more about Circles Restaurant on my other post at SunDManOnGastronomy. :)

Mr. Richard Gomez arrived on the middle of our lunch. The world seemed to stopped for a moment. He was so adorable and handsome! I am not really a fan of him but the fact that he's a celebrity made me ecstatic. 

My dad kept on demanding on me to take a photo of him and Richard! haha.

Dad is soooo happpy!!! 
We paused for a while Ms. Theresa Leung of Bench formally introduced to us the very first celebrity endorser of Bench! Mentioned also were the other on-going promos of Bench like #1M41M where Bench will donate 1 Million to the chosen charitable foundation of the Celebrity Endorser of Bench who has the highest number of votes once they reached 1Million followers on twitter. If you wish to know more about this campaign, feel free to visit at Together with Bench, let's save lives. :)

Richard also gave a little talk and trivia about Bench, but the most remarkable part of it was when he said, "This is not just about having lunch, it's about Bench giving back to people and helping others. Through you, as a fan of Bench, we can work together in giving a hand to those who are in need."

True that! Each of us can help on our own little way. If we will only WILL it.

Going back to Richard Gomez, I can say that he's cool and natural aside from the fact that he's really tall. He can actually relate to all of us without being proud. He's very charming and approachable. He talked and shared stories with us as if he we're his friends. 

Of course I can't miss having a photo with him. :) I was really so nervous being seated beside him!
Feeling Lucy Torres! hahaha!
After everyone was done eating, we proceeded to the other function area for the awarding of the Conquer Bottles. 

Credits to @benchtm for tweeting us these photos:

We love @benchtm! ♥

It was a great opportunity for me to celebrate my birthday in advance with my father. The overjoy I saw on my dad's eyes were more than enough for a gift! I know this is only one of the most exciting, most thrilling experiences I will encounter this year. 

Bench's staffs were all nice and friendly and sweet! I was even impressed with their teamwork and coordination in putting up this special event.

No wonder why Bench Clothing Brand is actually one of the global pinoy brands we can truly be proud of. November last year, if I am not mistaken, this brand was featured at this very popular American reality television show, which is also my favorite, America's Next Top Model (ANTM)! Produced by none other than Tyra Banks herself. Model, VJ Georgina Wilson was the one who represented Bench on the said show.

So guys, if you are a supporter of true global pinoy brands, follow @Bench on twitter or like Bench /Lifestyle + Clothing on facebook. I swear, so much of giveaways and promos are waiting for you the whole year round because Bench is celebrating their 25th Anniversary.
Thanks to Bench for the 'so many first times' and by making this all possible! :)

I must say, Bench is truly one of the reasons why it's more fun in the Philippines!

Much Love,


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