Monday, March 25, 2013

Mabuhay Restop - Good Food, Sweet "Manila Vanilla" and Gawad Kalinga Advocacy

At least once in our life, we've dined in a Filipino restaurant that promotes and celebrates our culture.
Savory food, inserts of traditional Filipino folk dance, serenading; I'm sure you get the picture.
When I was on my way to Mabuhay Restop, my expectations were set. But I was totally surprised when I got there and experience first hand the sweet, witty and totally entertaining set of Manila Vanilla and the homey comfort food you know were made with love.

Mabuhay Restop is owned by a UCLA-educated California lawyer and GK (Gawad Kalinga) advocate Rose Cabrera. "We don't offer just great food and entertainment; we also offer voluntourism tours and other avenues to provide visitors with an opportunity to create better lives for communities who need it most", says the fabulous and generous lawyer.

 This museum, travel cafe and social enterprise in one is devoted to promoting our rich culture and heritage in creative and entertaining ways while making a difference. Mabuhay Restop has committed to give 30% of theirnet income to Gawad Kalinga, a Filipino nation-building movement dedicated to eradicating poverty and restoring human dignity through building empowered and sustainable communities.

I have to apologize that I wasn't able to take photos of their food. I got there a little late, so the show was just about to start. I was so engrossed with the show that I forgot about the food and just laughed my ass off with the modern comedic take of our culture and heritage.

Mabuhay Restop’s Manilla Vanilla is a unique musical comedy directed by Nestor U. Torre, with music composed by Ryan Cayabyab. The show tells the story of a Filipino family as they prepare to open their home as a bed & breakfast. Served with deliciously self-deprecating humor and lighthearted song and dance numbers, the show will tickle your funny bones and serve as an enjoyable introduction to those new to Filipino culture. 

Mabuhay Restop’s Manila Vanilla! stars Celine Fabie of the Ryan Cayabyab Singers and Spotlight Artist Centre's "Katy: The Musical," Astarte Abrahan of Resorts World Manila's "The Sound of Music" and Repertory Philippines' "A Portrait of the Artist as a Filipino"; singer and comedian Andy Bais; and entertainer and Gawad Kalinga volunteer Edward Fernandez.
 Manila Vanilla is definitely the best cultural show that will entertain everyone: the young, young at heart, Filipinos, Filipinos at heart.

Other activities both locals and tourists would enjoy:

Mga Kwento ni Tita Beauty, also written and directed by Nestor U. Torre. A spin-off from Mga Kwento ni Lola Basyang, the show features creative and theatrical storytelling featuring 6 original Filipino and English tales imbibed with valuable moral lessons.

For a different Philippine travel experience, Mabuhay Restop offers the Voluntourism or Kalinga Tours. They provides visitors a totally different Philippine travel experience by taking them not just to beautiful tourist spots in Bicol, Bacolod, Palawan, and Davao, but also to several Gawad Kalinga villages, where they can experience the warmth and hospitality of the Filipinos, practice compassion in action, and understand the soul of bayanihan. 

This tour features the one-of-a kinds "I am Filipino" art exhibit with 12 Filipino artists like Ugu Bigyan, Nemi Miranda, Ramon Orlina, Ryan Cayabyab, JC Buendia and Ernie Francisco, and Albert Badz Magsumbol.

Mabuhay Restop also offers the Bayan Tour, a 3-hour guided and interactive tour in Rizal Park for visitors who wish to learn more about the Philippines and the Filipino.

If you want a fun and entertaining Filipino cultural show, if you want to munch on awesome homey Filipino food while helping out communities that need it, come to Mabuhay Restop.

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Visit their website for more info. :)

*Italicized texts were taken from PR materials

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