Regine Angeles and Carlo Guevara were proclaimed the next Bench endorsers after winning the Be Bench/The Model Search of the famous clothing brand last night, September 11, at the Araneta Coliseum.
"I feel honored, I feel grateful. Sobrang happy ko po ngayon kasi isa ako sa mga napili ni Mr. Ben Chan na mapabilang sa isa sa mga endorsers niya, knowing na sobrang kilalang-kilala ang mga endorsers niya," said Regine, a 21-year-old student from Quezon City.
"Finally, may narating din po ako. Finally, may nagtiwala sa akin, may gusto sa akin," Regine added, who admitted to being an insecure person.
"Sobrang super saya kasi di ko inakala... Natupad yung pangarap ko, pati ng ng mga magulang ko," said Carlo as he almost broke into tears.
For Carlo, he feels that showbiz is next for him because they gained a lot of experience from the show. The 18-year-old model from Pasay previously weighed 220 lbs.
Both Regine and Carlo will each receive a Star Magic contract, a 15-month supply of Bench clothes, a modeling contract from Bench, STI College Scholarship worth PhP250,000 and a two-bedroom house and lot at St. Monique Valais, courtesy of Globe Asiatique.
The hosts of the reality show-talent search, Piolo Pascual and Kris Aquino, kept the the full-packed audience of Araneta Coliseum on its feet.
Seated in the Style Council were Romina Urra-Gonzalez, former model and fashion editor; fashion designer Lulu Tan-Gan; celebrity fashion stylist Noel Manlapat; fashion director Ariel Lozada; and noted lensman Jun de Leon. They had been guiding the contestants for the past seven weeks in styling, poise, and discipline.
Joining them in determining the winners were Richard Gomez and his wife Lucy Torres-Gomez, ABS-CBN Business Unit Head Deo Edrinal; and Ben Chan, the Creative Director of Bench.
The program also provided the opportunity to look back at the beginnings of the brand that began in 1987 in a small corner at SM Makati.
Bench is now a global brand that continues to expand.
"We're going to be concentrating in China, and in the Middle East. And of course, now that we have already entered the United States, we already have one in Guam, one in San Franciso, and one in LA. So, we'll concentrate on that," Ben Chan said.
Be Bench/The Model Search Finals will air this Sunday, September 16, 10:30 p.m. on ABS-CBN.