Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Mabuhay Restop Launches Festival Series

Wazzup Pilipinas!

Mabuhay Restop recently launched exciting new shows featuring various regions of the country in partnership with Department of Tourism, Gawad Kalinga , National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Local Artists , CITEM, Department of Trade and Industry in promoting local products, talents and destinations.

Mabuhay Restop’s Mabuhay Festivals is where different Philippine regions will be celebrated every month through music, dance, food, visual arts, products, and tourist attractions. The first three (3) regions to be highlighted are Central Luzon, Eastern Visayas, and Davao region.

The evening started off with an introduction by Mabuhay Restop owner, Rose Cabrera, and a beautiful performance of “Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika ” sang in 7 Philippines languages – Tagalog, Hiligaynon, Cebuano, Bicolano, Ilocano, Chabacano and Maranao - by veteran performer Mitch Valdez.

The main preview of the evening was the Mabuhay Fiesta Show hosted by Thea Gloria and captures in 45-minutes the best of the Philippines – our festivals, arts, love of music and dance, tourist attractions, and our vibrant culture in general.

Ms. Rose I. Cabrera proprietor of Mabuhay Restop
L-R Professor Joey Tañedo, Ms. Mitch Valdez and Atty. Dulce Punzalan

The FIVE Pillars of Mabuhay Restop:

1.) Visual Arts - Partnership with various artists from different parts of the country in their showcase of their art works like painting, sculptures and photos. 

2.) Performing Arts - Showcasing the different performing arts from folk dances, modern contemporary and musical shows 

3.) Food - Culinary sampling from the country’s 16 regions 

4.) Destination - Promoting and offering exciting new places 

5.) Products / Merchandise - Offering unique and outstanding Filipino products

CookaLoka Show

Also shown that evening was an excerpt of the upcoming Cook-a-Loka Show, which is a different kind of fun dining experience. The Cook-a-Loka Show which aims to promote Filipino dishes and different food was patterned after a noontime variety show.

Mitch Valdes also gave a taste of the Enchanted Musical Tour of the GK Enchanted Farm that she will be conducting there every month. Mabuhay Restop offers organized tours at the Gawad Kalinga in Bulacan where one can see 14 hectares of land, experience life in the farm with families engaging in social entrepreneur.

The evening was not complete without a sumptuous Fiesta Buffet Dinner showcasing proudly Filipino dishes.
Traditional Filipino songs and music
Musical variety shows
Cultural shows

L-R Mr. Bong Cabrera, Congressman Sigfrido "Freddie" Rodriguez Tiñga, Mr. Pocholo Gonzales ( man with a hundreds of voice) and Mr. Tony Melotto of Gawad Kalinga
Mr. Badz Magsumbol , Mr. Nemensio Miranda , Mr. Andy Bais and Ms. Rose I. Cabera
Ground floor of the restaurant with souvenir store
More souvenirs at Mabuhay Restop
 Contact Information: 
South Drive, Area II, Rizal Park, Ermita Manila 1000, Philippines (T.M. Kalaw St. & Roxas Blvd.) 
Phone: 02-359-7927, 0917-810-8194 


Contributed by Lawrence Chan

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