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The dy­namic #Benchsetters on their next big ad­ven­tures this sea­son

Scout - - ON THE COVER - In­ter­view by ROMEO MO­RAN Pho­tog­ra­phy by JACK ALINDAHAO Styling by GRACE DE LUNA

THE MER­CURY steadily ris­ing means one thing: soon it’ll be time to pack our bags and head off some­where far (or not-too-far). Sum­mer is for trav­el­ing to places any­where but here, to get away from the dol­drums of life made worse by the grow­ing heat.

If any­one’s got any wan­der­lust they don’t know how to vent yet, then you’re in luck. We’ve teamed up with the #Benchsetters — that lively set of mil­len­ni­als you’ve seen out and about the metro—to get to know them a lit­tle more, and to get the best ideas for that next great sum­mer ad­ven­ture wait­ing for you.

What are you wait­ing for? Let’s go join An­gel, Arisse, Emil, Mathew, and Neil on those trips.

AN­GEL MAN­ZANO @an­gel­man­zano

WHAT'S YOUR FA­VORITE PLACE IN THE

WORLD? Even if I've never been to the place? Well, to be a bit more gen­eral, I guess my fa­vorite place in the world would be the beach. na­man, but any place where there's sand, the ocean, co­conut trees. I spent my child­hood go­ing to the beach with my fam­ily, my whole clan, with my lolo; I think we'd go once ev­ery two months, so I re­ally was a beach baby. I learned how to swim even be­fore I was 1.

EVEN BE­FORE YOU WERE 1! My par­ents would bring me to the ocean even be­fore I turned 1. So I re­ally grew up on the beach. What would be my fa­vorite thing is to travel the world and see the best beaches out there.

WHAT AD­VEN­TURE DO YOU WANT TO GO ON

THE MOST? So I'm plan­ning this af­ter I grad­u­ate col­lege, but I re­ally wanna go back­pack­ing around Europe. I know that's every­one's dream, but I just re­ally want to. One of my fa­vorite classes in Ate­neo was West­ern His­tory, so I learned a lot. I re­ally wanna see the sights, the cul­ture, try the food, meet peo­ple.

ARISSE DE SANTOS @arissedesan­tos

WHAT'S YOUR MOST FA­VORITE PLACE IN THE

WORLD? I'd love to visit Paris, be­cause it's the most ro­man­tic place. And I guess be­cause of the cul­ture, also. I've been trav­el­ing alone; I don't wanna get stuck in Manila. I just want a dif­fer­ent feel.

WHAT ABOUT PLACES YOU'VE AL­READY

BEEN TO? I think I'm most at home in the States, be­cause I have rel­a­tives and friends there, so it's easy to get around and just do ad­ven­tures to­gether.

WHAT AD­VEN­TURE DO YOU WANT TO GO ON THE MOST? Trav­el­ing alone more. Just bring my­self and get lost, in a way.

EMIL KHODAVERDI @emilkho­dav­erdi

WHAT'S YOUR MOST FA­VORITE PLACE IN THE

WORLD? I would have to say New York would be top bill for me. I vis­ited New York back in 2012, and from then on, the mo­ment I stood on Times Square, it was just like what you see in movies,

WHAT AD­VEN­TURE DO YOU WANT TO GO ON

THE MOST? Well, I only have a year of col­lege left, and I'm re­ally plan­ning to ex­plore the States right af­ter I grad­u­ate. Mainly LA, be­cause I was born in LA. Ever since I moved to Cebu, I've never been back to LA. I wanna ex­pe­ri­ence the Amer­i­can life, see how it is, and that's ba­si­cally what I wanna do.

MATHEW CUSTODIO @math­ew­cus­to­dio

WHAT'S YOUR MOST FA­VORITE PLACE IN THE

WORLD? be space. It's ev­ery trav­eler's, or dreamer's dream. Sec­ond would be a real place; I think Bo­ra­cay was when I was 14. It was a batch Bora. I was with all my friends, my barkada, my team­mates, and we had a blast. So we de­cided that ev­ery year, we're gonna do this. We're gonna make it our friendly tra­di­tion.

YOU COME BACK EV­ERY YEAR? Yeah, we come back ev­ery year! I haven't missed a year, ac­tu­ally!

WHAT AD­VEN­TURE DO YOU WANT TO GO ON

THE MOST? I think I'd con­tinue do­ing my pas­sion for my sport, be­ing able to travel play­ing foot­ball. Re­cently, I've been to Spain and Eng­land, and just to play foot­ball in try­outs, they were send­ing me ev­ery­where, that's my per­sonal dream. That's my goal in life.

NEIL DY @nig­gydy

WHAT'S YOUR MOST FA­VORITE PLACE IN THE

WORLD? So far, it's Ja­pan. I love Ja­panese food, the peo­ple there are so nice, and there are a lot of things to ex­plore in Ja­pan: fash­ion, dif­fer­ent tourist spots. I've been to Ja­pan thrice al­ready, to dif­fer­ent places.

WHAT AD­VEN­TURE DO YOU WANT TO GO

ON THE MOST? I think I wanna ex­plore more of the Philip­pines. I wanna go to dif­fer­ent beaches. The sim­ple things. The cheap thrills. I just wanna spend like a month trav­el­ing the Philip­pines.

from left to right: Emil Khodaverdi, An­gel Man­zano, Mathew Custodio, Arisse de Santos, and Neil Dy Hair and Makeup by BENCH FIX SA­LON Stylist’s As­sis­tant JU­LIA PETALVER

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