Friday, September 30, 2011

San Miguel Street Opening and the Unveiling of the New SMGS Mall Perspective

Last September 19, 2011 (Monday), the Widened San Miguel Street (a.k.a SM Street), was formally opened to the public. The said short program held on the Center Portion of the San Miguel Street started at 11 am. The program was spearheaded by none other than, Mr. Hans T. Sy, SM Prime Holdings Incorporated President and the son of the Retail King and the Richest Man in the Philippines - Mr. Henry Sy. This event was also graced by Ms. Marissa Fernan (VP-SM Prime Holdings Inc.) and SM's Regional Managers, Ms. Debby Go (VP for Operations in Mindanao) and Mr. Russel Alaba (Group Marketing Manager for Mindanao). The said event was also participated by our friends from the Print and TV Media both in Davao and GenSan. 

Of course, the Opening of the San Miguel Street, which is one of the Projects donated by SM to the City, was also graced by our very own Mayor, Honorable Darlene Antonino-Custodio, our beloved Congressman, Honorable Pedro Acharon Jr., and various Department Heads.

The stretch of the San Miguel Street
Mr. Hans T. Sy in an interview with the Media before the Program
Mr. Hans T. Sy answered with accuracy all the questions thrown by the Media

Ms. Debby of SM Supermalls and Mayor Darlene were the one who gave speeches and were both positive to other future partnerships of the Local Government of GenSan and SM City General Santos uplifting the lifestyle of the SOCCSKSARGEN Region and even enlivening the booming status of General Santos City.

The Highlight of the short program was the Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting wherein Mr. Hans T. Sy, Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio and Congressman Pedro Acharon Jr., rode on a White Pick-up and passed by the Blue Ribbon as a sign that San Miguel Street has finally and formally opened its doors to the public.

Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio giving her Speech

Ms. Debby Go giving her speech on behalf of SM Prime Holdings Inc.
SM also turned-over the Eco Bags, one of the Projects of SM Cares that encourages its shoppers to use Environmental-friendly things that may help lessen Pollution such as using this bag instead of plastics.

Mayor Darlene together with Mr. Hans and Ms. Debby during the Eco Bag Turn-over
Meanwhile, aside from the Opening of the San Miguel Street, the New SM City General Santos Mall Perspective was also unveiled to the public.

Here's a glimpse of  your favorite Shopping City which is set to open early next year in the City by the Bay and Home of the Champions - General Santos City.

The New SM City General Santos Mall Perspective
Few more months to go, and SM is on its way on bringing your Shopping Experience to the Next Level.  What more can we ask for! Indeed, Magandang GenSan!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Movie Review: Friends with Benefits


Dylan (Justin Timberlake) and Jamie (Mila Kunis) think it's going to be easy to add the simple act of sex to their friendship, despite what Hollywood romantic comedies would have them believe. They soon discover however that getting physical really does always lead to complications. -- (C) Sony

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Directed By: Will Gluck
Written By: Harley Peyton, Keith Merryman, David A. Newman


Justin Timberlake
as Dylan
Mila Kunis as Jamie
Patricia Clarkson as Lorna
Bryan Greenberg as Parker
Richard Jenkins as Mr. Harper
Jenna Elfman as Annie
Woody Harrelson as Tommy


Friends with Benefits is one of the greatest Hollywood Romantic Comedy film to date.

I'm pretty impressed with this film considering that is so refreshing to see Justin Timberlake on the big screen plus a charming Mila Kunis in a feel-good movie that has a credible and sensible plot.

The story focuses on a simple rule of NO STRINGS ATTACHED, JUST SEX thing that is somehow one of Hollywood's cliches in Romantic Comedy Genre. But, what this film differs from all other Romantic Comedy films is the artistic blend of the Characters with their emotions plus an undeniable chemistry of Justine and Mila adds up to its moderately amusing and smart-tilted scheme.

It may have some naughty and semi-obscene moments or scenes, but I find the movie to be a wholesome ride of love and friendship. What I love about Friends with Benefits is that it somehow depicts the reality among young lovers nowadays. The reality that speaks about the role of SEX in determining how truthful and sincere a person is for the one he or she loves. It may be kinda off to conservative ones but this film undermines the emotions of every person who has the feeling of affection and love and by which, the feeling of lust or sexual desires are being eliminated on the latter.

I so commend Justin Timberlake's performance. Justin can really act. His singing moments in the film is just so cool. I also commend Mila for blending well with Justin. They really have a good chemistry on screen. They also effectively delivered their roles and played a vital role in making this film worth-watching.

I really admire how the Director and the Writer blended several romantic Movie cliches but still managed to make it distinct and fun all throughout.

I also love the setting of the film in Los Angeles and New York. The camera angles were great. I love the texture of the film and as well as the Cinematography.

The film is a great combination of comedy, drama and excitement of being IN LOVE with someone else.

In the end, aside from enjoying the film, you'll be able to learn something.


Sunday, September 4, 2011

Movie Review: Rogue (2008)


A handful of tourists looking for adventure get more than they bargained for when they cross paths with a massive man-eating beast in this thriller. Pete McKell (Michael Vartan) is a writer for an American travel magazine who has been assigned to write a story about vacationing in rugged Northern Australia. Pete signs up for a cruise along a river that's home to a large crocodile population, with tough but pretty Kate Ryan (Radha Mitchell) serving as guide. Pete soon finds he's roughing it in the Aussie wilds with an eclectic variety of travelers, including Russell (John Jarratt), who is dealing with the death of his wife; Simon (Stephen Curry), a tactless amateur photographer; and Allen (Geoff Morrell), a member of the British upper crust making the trip with his ailing spouse (Heather Mitchell) and their rambunctious daughter (Mia Wasikowska). While Kate's former husband, who also works on the river, makes a pest of himself in the early stages of the voyage, the travelers soon find they have more to worry about when their craft is attacked by a massive 25-foot crocodile, who is just clever enough to know how to trap its prey before enjoying them for dinner. Rogue was written and directed by Greg McLean, who made a splash among horror fans in 2005 with his debut film, Wolf Creek. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By: Greg McLean
Written By: Greg McLean


Radha Mitchell as Kate Ryan
John Jarratt as Russell
Sam Worthington as Neil
Geoff Morrell as Allen
Heather Mitchell as Elizabeth
Stephen Curry as Simon
Mia Wasikowska as Sherry


Rogue is a the greatest and most silent Creature-Croc Movie to date!

Thanks to this film for saving a handful of disappointing Creature and crocodile-inspired films. Actually, ROGUE is way better PRIMEVAL and LAKE PLACID.

What this movie possesses is a stylish direction and a plot that may look like cliche but its well-written and implemented. The movie ROGUE is about a handful of tourists having a boat tour in the Australian Outback. As they were about to go home, their attention was caught with a signal flare from a distance. The tour guide ( Kate played by Radha Mitchell) decided to look after a supposed to be distress signal. When they arrived at the what-they-call a Sacred Place. Suddenly, a 25-foot crocodile bumped on their boat. Luckily, they were able to go on a small island found within the lake before the water gets into the boat. The dilemma is now on how to escape the fierce of the huge crocodile who is just waiting and lurking around the lake...waiting for its human flesh meal.

ROGUE is a satisfying thriller and suspense without much gore and violence. The horror and the tension in the whole film is very dominated by a stylish plot that gave emphasis on the struggle and the emotions of every characters who wanted to live and survive. This is a film geared in the idea of suspense and selective thrills without showing much of the EATING SCENES. I just love how the Director combined the elements of surprise, horror, hope, disappointments, mild gore and suspense all in one PACKAGE.

The film is a slick flick of survival that effectively delivered much of its emotional aspects to the viewers. The pacing of the story was progressive and not boring.

I also love the Australian Outback Setting of the place. The film showcased the luscious Aussie forests down to the creepy rivers and lakes. Which is by far, one of the best setting of any crocodile film.

The characters were also great. Even though majority of the castings weren't A-LIST Hollywood Celebrities at all, but they delivered well in this film.

The film's editing is also commendable. Its sharp and realistic. Its inventive and visually-appealing. I love the night scenes of the film. Rogue is a perfect ride of enough scare, thrill, chill, suspense and a mixture of whole some gore minus overrated violence and idiocy.

So far, this is the BEST CROC-INSPIRED Film to date!