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My True Love Gave to Me – A 53Benitez Christmas Story

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Photos by Gabby Cantero  I  Makeup & Grooming by Ina De Guzman  I  Hair by Cha Vicuña  I Models: Ambra of PrimaStella & Vince Van Dorpe of IM Agency Manila 

Words by Margarita Buenaventura

There’s an undeniable magic to Christmas morning. The feeling of warmth over Michael Bublé holiday covers, the excitement of opening presents, and the abundance of still-delicious noche buena leftovers—unmatched by anything else, really.

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Our young couple knows this all too well, and maybe even more. With “Dan” working overseas, this year is one of the few Christmases they get to spend together. Wishing to make the most out of their shared time this season, he prepared his wife “Anna” a special gift. He surprised her with a homey two-bedroom unit at 53 Benitez.

Their new home was the perfect setting for an intimate Christmas morning. In cozy sweaters and comfy shorts by BENCH, the couple began forging their own family traditions: breakfast in the kitchen, exchanging presents, and listening to records as they basked in the holiday cheer.

It was a simple day, in many regards, as starting a new home means sacrificing a few luxuries. But it ended up being magical in its own way. As Dan and Anna learn, the joy of Christmas can only be truly felt in the presence of the ones we love.

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A loving bite in the 53Benitez kitchen

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The holidays allow time to finally read in bed

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A quick coffee in his 53Benitez home office

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Sweet sound tripping in the living room

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A Christmas brunch with leftover queso de bola and pizza delivery

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