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Insider Roundup: K-Pop Group TWICE For Bench & More

Friday fun

These past few days, we’ve been hit with tons of exciting events in the region. And, understandably, it can be hard to keep track of everything given all our busy scheds. So just in case you missed the latest updates, we’re giving you a quick recap of all the ones you should know. From K-Pop girl group TWICE becoming the next BENCH endorsers to much-awaited product and store launches — read it all here.

TWICE's members becomes the newest Bench endorsers

TWICE became the latest Korean stars to be tapped by Bench to be their endorsers. Just hours ago, the Filipino retail giant posted a video of the girls on their social media accounts to reveal the news. In the short clip, the nine-member group greeted their fans and officially introduced themselves for the first time as “Global Benchsetters”.  This isn’t the first time Bench has tapped international stars to be the face of their brand. In the past, we’ve seen Korean actors like Park Seo Jun, and even Hollywood stars like Cole Sprouse visit the country and model for the brand. So, would we get to meet Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung, and Tzuyu too? We surely hope so!

Shake Shack opens at SM Megamall

Shake Shack SM Megamall dishes

Another good news for our readers in the Philippines: Shake Shack is finally at SM Megamall. Months after debuting their flagship Manila restaurant at Bonifacio High Street, the iconic New York food stand sets up their second restaurant in Metro Manila. The queue for their world-famous burgers, hotdogs, and frozen custard opened up early at 6 AM today. While waiting for the doors to open before noon, the first 100 guests were surprised with goodies and entertained by UP Streetdance Club and improve theatre group SPIT. Inside, the shack’s interiors were livened up with a mural by local artist Kris Abrigo. Visit them at the Mega Fashion Hall and try out their menu featuring two concretes exclusives at this branch, the Mega Mangga! and the Coconut Pie Oh My. Wouldn’t it be a sweet way to enjoy the weekend?

realme X2 Pro launches in Malaysia

Meanwhile, tech-savvy readers in Malaysia will be delighted to know that realme just released their much-awaited flagship smartphone. With its stylish and innovative features, the realme X2 Pro is the currently strongest and best-valued flagship smartphone in the country. Its Snapdragon 855 Plus processor and 90Hz Ultra Smooth Display makes for a completely seamless mobile experience. Not to mention, with its 50 Watt SuperVOOC Flash Charge, realme X2 Pro is perfect for those always on-the-go. Go beyond your limit and discover its true power by getting it online through Lazada, and offline from DirectD Gadget store in Petaling Jaya.

Say hello to the new GrabPay Card

The launch of GrabPay Card and the announcement of K-pop group TWICE as the newest Bench endorser are just some of the hottest updates this week.

Those in Singapore, on the other hand, can now enjoy safe and convenient shopping thanks to the new GrabPay Card. Powered by Mastercard, users can now shop and earn rewards from millions of merchants everywhere in the world. But that’s not the best part yet — as the first numberless card in Asia, it offers unparalleled security by protecting its users from the theft of identity and financial information. Details of the card are instead stored securely within the Grab app, where users can easily control and suspend access. To add to that, owners of GrabPay card can look forward to benefits like mobile protection insurance, e-commerce protection, and even flight delay passes. Neat, isn’t it? So be part of the numberless movement here.

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