Treasure of SOX Travel And Trade Expo in Glorietta

20170404_184224tThe tourism in the north (Batanes in particular) is starting to boom, the regions in the south is starting to generate attention as well. Region 12 (the central Mindanao) or better known as the SOCCSKSARGEN is probably your next Philippine destination and they got so much to offer. SOCCSKSARGEN is basically an accronym which stands for SOuth Cotabato, Cotabato,  Sultan Kudarat, Saranggani and General Santos City.
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Interestingly, you do not have to go that far yet just to taste their well known products because there’s currently an ongoing “Treasure of SOX” Travel and Trade Expo in Glorietta Activity Center.  It is a five day event which started last April 3 and today marks their last day.  Today’s highlight is the “Flavor of SOX” presentation which features the Hinugyaw Cultural Dance Troupe and also the closing ceremony that will conclude this event.
20170404_183256tI went here on Monday. I actually had an event to attend but I decided to take a quick peek. 20170404_183334tThe first thing that took my attention are these mannequins sporting some strange outfits. I have learned that these are some unique designs by a renown Filipino contemporary artists Leeroy New. He named it as “Aliens of Manila“. Aliens of Manila: is a collection of New’s experiments with sculpture and fashion using found objects and industrial materials. These pieces have been used as costumes for theatrical performances and exhibited as wearable sculptures.20170404_182435tThe expo highlights a lot of farm products from the south. These Dark chocolates from Kablon Farm is truly intriguing. They got distinctive flavors to try on.20170404_182444t20170404_182444tA handy bag made from coconut shells! Fascinating!20170404_182505tWooden flutes20170404_182611t20170404_182627tHow about these fresh mangoes?20170404_182644tOr these famous Tuna Dayok (intestine of Tuna)?20170404_182709tPure honey and dietary supplements20170404_182728tThe Kape Dulangan of Sultan Kudarat20170404_182736t20170404_182744t20170404_182757thandmade products from SOX
20170404_182808t20170404_183001tThey also promote different tourist destinations in SOCCSKSARGEN including the well known Lake Sebu and more

Today marks the last day of the Travel and Trade expo! So go ahead an catch them today at Glorietta Activity Center!

[Movie Review] : Going In Style : A Refreshingly Good Comedy Movie

If you are going to put three multi awarded actors in one film, then you must be expecting a heavy drama that will surely showcase the best of their acting skills. In Going In Style, three of our favorite and highly respected actors (Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin) will join force in one epic movie but it is not going to be a serious one!
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Honestly, upon seeing the trailer, I was expecting to see some serious drama. I initially thought that there will be some sort of “catch” during the film that will just put us all in tears but the film took us the other way around. Maybe I was just used to see these actors in serious roles so I never imagine them in comedy films. But then like they said, comedy is the hardest form of acting. You can make everyone cry with serious and convincing portrayal in a drama but you cannot make everyone laugh if jokes or the punch lines are thrown badly.
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Freeman, Caine and Arkin, however, surprisingly has such perfect chemistry together. It was just refreshingly good to see these veteran actors in one film. I have learned that Going In Style is just a remake of a 1979 film of the same name. I haven’t watched the original version  (i hope I could get a copy of it) so I have no rights to compare but I personally think that they managed to pull it off. The punchlines are timely thrown and the movie in general brought us all in great laugh. 
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Just to give you the idea, Going in Style is a movie about three elderly men named Joe (Michael Caine), Willie (Morgan Freeman), and Al (Alan Arkin). They were all senior citizens and life-long buddies who unfortunately caught up in a very unlikely situation. Their pensions were cut off and the bank placed them all in a critical financial situation. Joe, for an instance, was tricked by his bank and they had to take his house from him within 30 days. This is where their desperate action comes in. After witnessing an actual robbery, Joe got the idea of robbing the bank with his buddies. Well, they were old and yes, they got nothing to lose after all.
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Now who would have thought that these three elderly can execute a perfect crime. Who would have thought that they can rob a bank, make perfect alibis, get the money they deserve and never get jailed? How? Well, that’s something you should find out but one thing I can tell you is how amazing and clever their plans are! It is quite unpredictable and surprising at the same time!
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One thing I love about the movie are the punchlines. They are old school yet surprisingly funny. It was a light movie but generally entertaining. It might be a light story but if we are going to look deeper, it is actually a reflection of reality and how the elderly were being mistreated and how they cope up in a challenging society that never gave much attention and effort to give them what they truly deserve.  If these people are getting enough financial support from the government, they will never came up with the robbery plan on the first place.

Going in Style is a very refreshing movie and it was really nice to see the funny sides of these three veteran actors who are also accompanied by great cast including the funny Anne-Margret, witty Joey King, Doc Brown (I mean Christopher Lloyd haha), SNL’s Kenan Thompson and more! With so many serious action and fantasy movies currently showing today (Beauty and the Beast, Kong : Skull Island, Ghost in The Shell to name a few), Going In Style is just the right film to balance it all!
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My Rating for this film is 3.5 out of 5

Going In Style is Now showing on theaters since April 6, 2017