Juliana Gomez meets her "mini me" at a photo exhibit

IMAGE Demai G. Sunio-Granali

Juliana Gomez, now 13 years old, gushed at the sight of this installation featuring her five-year-old self posing for lensman Ronnie Salvacion in her very first ad campaign.

On it's 26th year, global Pinoy lifestyle brand Bench continues to celebrate Filipino creativity and ingenuity with the launch of a coffeetable book called 25 Important Things I Learned From My Bench Shoots.

Fashion photographer Ronnie Salvacion originally curated these out-takes from his photo shoots to give as a gift to Ben Chan, to commemorate the brand's 25th anniversary last year.

The Bench founder was so touched by the gesture and highly impressed by the quality of the photographs, and by the book's concept and layout, that he decided to reproduce and sell it as memorabilia.

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PRECIOUS MEMORIES. The book contains around a hundred photos from Ronnie's various projects with the brand.

He enumerates in his caption the things he learned from his shoots.

For example, "there's a kid in all of us," "never reveal your secret," and "dream big," which reflect the company's journey in building an empire from the ground up.


Beautiful faces—and bodies—of some of the country's most famous celebrities and models adorn the pages of the book.

Included are Jomari Yllana, Jake Cuenca, Marc Nelson, Assunta de Rossi, Ogie Alcasid, Enchong Dee, Joseph Marco, Diether Ocampo, Lovie Poe, Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, Julia Montes, and more.

Photos of top models Paolo Roldan, John Spainhour, David and Anthony Semerad, Vince Ferraren, and others are featured in the book.

International stars Nicole Scherzinger, Joe Jonas, and Bruno Mars are also part of the collection.

Bench's "first family"—Richard, Lucy, and Juliana Gomez—were given ample space and recognition, of course.

To celebrate the launch of the book, a photo exhibit was mounted at The Playground, located at the basement of the new Bench Tower in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig on July 5.

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