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Their big Bench debut

Shaken but not stirred: Coco Martin looks forward to working the Araneta Coliseum.

Author: Ana G. Kalaw
Column: Shopsifted

The Bench underwear and denim show is here again. Expect the abs to start crunching, the dietsto start crashing. Undoubtedly,

this is the most anticipated fashion show in the country, bigger and more publicized than any fashion series, its tickets coveted as if the Araneta Coliseum was hosting an act of Gaga's caliber. Everyone wants to see the Bench show, some out of curiosity, some to diss. But mostly, people flock to the Bench show take part in the flesh thrill.

And this year's show "Uncut" is the brand's biggest production ever, a claim that is not driven by any PR angle. Show stylist Noel Manapat ticks off the numbers: about 250 models and performers, 50-plus makeup artists and hairstylists, 50-plus dressers, the elite circle of designers and stylists, more than a handful of stage hands. It's going to be a chaotic fray, one justified by Bench's show vision of looking to the future. As Manapat explains, "Uncut is inspired by where Bench sees itself 20 years down the road, and showcases themes driven by global locales where the brand already has stores or plans to make an impact: the Far East, the Middle East, Brazil. "

Now, in this backstage swarm, you have the show veterans, those who have been doing the underwear and denim demo for years. And you have the first-timers, some of them newbies for Bench who have catwalked for other shows; a lot of them, real runway rookies, awed by the sheer size of Araneta Coliseum, balls of nervous energy, not knowing what to really expect.

There's society hottie Georgina Wilson, young star Carla Abellana, martial artist Jome Silayan, new heartthrobs Aljur Abrenica and Coco Martin, singer Karyll, movie-musical discovery Frencheska Farr, and scandal phoenix Katrina Halili. There's the Pinoy Big Brother posse, headed by the real-life romcom tandem of Melai Cantiveros and Jason Francisco, and also including Sam Pinto, Paul Jake Castillo, Johan Santos and Tibo Jumalon. The recent Starstruck teens Rocco Nacino, Sarah Lahbati and Steven Silva are also Bench show first timers.

Here, we asked these newbies their thoughts on sexy and how the thought of walking the ramp for the biggest show in the country has affected their insides and their eating habits. * * *

Get a free invite with a minimum purchase of Bench Body underwear and Bench OJ denims from selected Bench, Herbench, Bench Body, and Super Bench store. Every P800 single receipt purchase entitles to a General Admission invitation, P1,200 single receipt purchase gets you an Upper Box B invitation and every P2,000 single receipt purchase gets you an Upper Box A Invitation. Promo runs until July 2. Coco Martin

What are you expecting from the show? How do you feel about doing it?

Kabado po ako. Ang laki ng Araneta Coliseum at inaabangan talaga ang show na "Uncut" ng Bench.

What's the sexiest part of your body?

Nyek! Sige na nga. Mata.

What makes you feel sexy?

Kapag katabi ko crush ko.

What's the best thing about being a Bench endorser?

Pamilya ang turing ng Bench sa akin. Ang swerte ko. Carla Abellana

What should we expect from you in the show? How are you preparing yourself for it?

Definitely confidence and a beautiful smile. I am dieting because I know I have to lose weight so I won't get criticized again like last time.

Who was your crush from the past Bench underwear shows?

It has always been Piolo Pascual. Nobody else.

What's your favorite piece of underwear?

I love bras! I love lacy, sexy bras.

What makes you feel sexy?

When I wear beautiful underwear. Aljur Abrenica

How are you preparing yourself for it?

I will be giving 100 percent. As early as now, I am working out and dieting to ensure that my body will be the best "canvas" for Bench's products.

What's the sexiest part of your body?

My abs. I have worked hard to get them.

What do you find sexy in a woman?

Well-proportioned legs.

This Bench show looks to the future. Where do you want your future with Bench to go?

I want to be the next Richard Gomez. Georgina Wilson

What are you expecting from the show?

I am expecting to feel a crazy rush of adrenaline, fear and excitement.

What should we expect from you in the show?

A more toned Georgina.

What's the sexiest part of your body?

My legs, because they never end.

Top three sexiest personalities?

Piolo Pascual, Borgy Manotoc and Benjamin Tang. Katrina Halili

How do you feel about doing the show?

Excited. Isa kasi ito sa pinakamalaking fashion show sa bansa.

What should we expect from you in the show? How are you preparing yourself for it?

Ngayon lang ulit po ako rarampa ng naka-underwear. Super diet ako ngayon kasi kailangan paghandaan ko po talaga.

Who are you excited to see model with you in the show?

Excited lang po ako makasamaang mga kapwa ko Bench artists na rarampa sa show. Johan Santos

How are you preparing yourself for the show?

I am going to the gym regularly and am seriously working on my abs.

What is the sexiest part of a woman's body?

Thighs and legs.

Top three sexiest personalities?

Angel Locsin, Cristine Reyes, Angelica Panganiban.

What's the best thing about being a Bench model?

Astig ka at sikat ka! Tibo Jumalon

How do you feel about doing the show?

Nervous and at the same time excited. I don't know what will happen on the runway so expect the unexpected.

Who was your crush from the past Bench underwear shows?

I came across some photos of Jennifer Lee's during last year's show and I find her very attractive.

What makes you feel sexy?

I feel sexy if I've done something good for other people.

What underwear do you like seeing on a woman?

My wife will kill me, but I love seeing her in T-back underwear. Melai Cantiveros

How do you feel about doing the show?

I am excited to do ramp modeling and I am confident that I can do well.

What's the sexiest part of your body?

My waist.

What makes you feel sexy?

I feel sexy when I feel fresh and clean.

What's the best thing about being a Bench model?

It is a great privilege to be their endorser and I love using Bench products. Jason Francisco

What should we expect from you in the show?

I will do my best to walk the ramp with confidence.

How do you define sexy?

Sexy is the way a lady walks and flips her hair.

Who do you find sexy?

Aubrey Miles.

What makes you feel sexy?

When I like the way my hair is fixed. Paul Jake Castillo

How do you feel about doing the show?

I feel really relaxed and at ease.

What's the sexiest part of your body?

I like my shoulders.

What underwear do you like seeing on a woman?

Soft underwear and no lace. Sam Pinto

How do you feel about doing the show?

Actually, I'm excited to do this show. Never in my life did I imagine I'd do a fashion show -- at Araneta pa.

What's your favorite piece of underwear?

I like those sexy cute panties.

What's the sexiest part of your body?

My torso, because it's nice and long.

What's the best thing about being a Bench model?

Being able to join this really, really big fashion show. And, of course, wearing bench from head to toe. Karylle

What are you expecting from the show? How do you feel about doing it?

I was very apprehensive about the show ever since I signed my Bench Body contract because, number one, I hardly ever do any ramp modeling. Number two, I don't know what I'm going to be wearing to the show. When we had the pictorial and I saw the unique concepts for the ads, I already knew that this "Uncut" show was going to be different. It's going to be a cut above the rest. We'll be setting a new benchmark, so to speak.

What's your favorite piece of underwear?

I love colorful bras! My pinaka-favorite are the purple and pink ones from Bench Body! I wear them under white shirts. Pero siyempre when I want to feel extra special and when I'm feeling kind of silly, I wear my "Single is Sexy" panties! (Laughs). Ang kapal ko!

This Bench show looks to the future. Where do you want your future with Bench to go?

First off, I love that Bench is a Filipino brand and that it's big everywhere. I love their Pinoy Lab. I would love to see it expand as an international Filipino brand, and I would love to be there when it happens.

What's the best thing about being a Bench endorser?

I'm in great company. Plus we've got the best boss and the best team! Jome Silayan

What should we expect from you in the show?

That I will do my best and that I will cooperate without sacrificing any of my values.

What do you find sexy in a woman?

I'm really into personality. I like smart girls, but when it comes to physical aspects, nice eyes and a cute smile.

Top three sexiest personalities?

Angelica Panganiban, Georgina Wilson and Iya Villania. That's because they exude confidence. That to me is very sexy.

What underwear do you like seeing on a woman?

I think it's sexy when girls can pull off wearing boxer shorts.

Source: The Philippine Star