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Bench Universe

The retail giant gathers all of its star endorsers for a spectacular show.
Bench Universe The retail giant gathers all of its star endorsers for a spectacular show.

It's pretty much the Philippine equivalent of the Victoria's Secret annual runway show, except instead of curvy big-name models strutting on the stage, there are celebrities flaunting their hot bodies in Bench skivvies made spectacular by designer fanfare.

Bench celebrated its 25th anniversary this year with the Bench Universe Denim and Underwear show. The two-night show, whose first run was held last night and continues tonight, promised all the sexy extravaganza that the Bench underwear show, held every two years, has been known for. And man, did they deliver. From a boat that alighted from the sky that delivered a free-falling Enchong Dee, to a heart-masted pirate ship helmed by Dingdong Dantes, star after star arrived on stage in jaw-dropping creations by Filipino designers Cary Santiago, Michael Cinco, Furne One, Albert Andrada, Randy Ortiz, Joey Samson, and Rajo Laurel.

Scroll down to see a visual recap of all the celebs who bared their bods for all of Manila to see.

Kim Chiu led her 6-packed pack of men in an Albert Andrada bustier.

Kim Chiu and Jake Cuenca were the first big stars to strut on the catwalk.

It wouldn't have been a complete underwear gig for Jake Cuenca without his trademark spread-eagled pose.

The crowd went wild when they found out it was Enchong Dee who was manning that boat from up above.

Diether Ocampo was the night's token bike-riding bad boy in a Joey Samson cage shirt.

Kathryn Bernardo glowed in Rajo Laurel.

Bela Padilla in all-white ensemble.

Crooner Christian Bautista donned tribal prints for the show.

Melai and Jason really hammed it up for the SM Arena audience.

The night's power couple: Manny and Jinkee Pacquiao in Albert Andrada.

Rayver Cruz also wore tribal prints for Bench Universe.

Long-time Bench endorser Richard Gomez wore a suit by Randy Ortiz.


Young guard, vanguard: Enchong Dee and Richard Gomez.

More models in sexy, snowy ensembles.

Julia Montes channeled her inner tough chick in a silver spiked bustier.

Aljur Abrenica showed off his wings—and abs—of steel.

Karylle definitely worked it.

The crowd wanted more of Lovi Poe.

Shaina Magdayao was Michael Cinco's black swan.

Georgina Wilson also modeled a bustier by Michael Cinco.

Here she blows a kiss to the crowd; behind is her beau Borgy Manotoc.

America's Next Top Model alumni Dominique and Allison also graced the show.

Jessy Mendiola strutted in Michael Cinco.

Jennylyn Mercado was fiery in a Cary Santiago creation.

Paulo Avelino followed in another scarlet creation.

Isabelle Daza also mdoeled for Cary Santiago.

Up next: Bianca Manalo.

Denim finale: Coco Martin, who the crowd went wild for.

Up, up, here we go: Far East Movement performed for Bench Universe.

Lucy Torres-Gomez, Ben Chan, and Richard Gomez at the finale.

To see more photos of the show, click on the following links:

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