Mabuhay Restop: A one-stop hub for food, art and the ingenious Filipino craftsmanship

A few weeks ago, we featured some of the must-visit places and restaurants in Manila. This place that we used to associate only to urban decay apparently hosts some of the more interesting cultural destinations that continue to preserve this country's rich history and diverse cuisine.

Last week, our ongoing search brought us to Mabuhay Restop right around the Rizal Park area (across Museong Pambata). On most days of the week, the place offers an a la carte menu, a display of prized Filipino artworks and native merchandise that are a hit among balikbayans and foreigners. 

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 On display are artworks by world-renowned Filipino artists Ramon Orlina, Nemi Miranda, Ugu Bigyan, Pancho Piano, Rafael Pacheco, Al Perez, Badz Magsumbol, Egai Fernandez and Joey Velasco. Items on display are also for sale.

On Wednesdays and on the weekend, Mabuhay Restop offers a host of musical/travel shows created by no less than Nestor Torre and Ryan Cayabyab. The musical comes with a buffet of most of your favorite Filipino dishes. Prized at P695/head (currently on a promo rate of only P495/head), the buffet+show combo can also be arranged for a minimum of 15 people and is a great way to treat balikbayans that have missed the Filipino humor and way of life. It is also a go-to venue for conferences and get-togethers.

The stage shows are reminiscent of stand-up routines and musical numbers in town fiestas with added tidbits of information about the Philippines. 

The buffet served under a wall lined with intricate glass-art.

Relive the olden days where soup is served in these coconut shells. Gives it that extra authentic flavor.

Apart from promoting Philippine culture, Mabuhay Restop has also committed 30% of its net income to Gawad Kalinga. This is probably the best part about dining here. You don't only get to enjoy the food and everything that the restaurant has to offer, you also contribute to their noble cause of uplifting the lives of our less fortunate kababayans.

For inquiries, reservations and information on upcoming events and activities, you may contact Billy de Jesus 09178108195, 3597927, 3538752; Email: bdejesus@mabuhayrestops.com or check them out via Facebook or Twitter.

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