MANILA — If you are a Catholic and your birthday falls on a Friday of Lent, you may be allowed to eat meat but would be required to make a substitute sacrifice, an official of the Catholic Church said.


Mizumi has become Douglaston’s latest dining attraction with foodies gushing over its vast array of top quality food.


Seafood and sushi lovers in and around New York are raving about the newly-opened Mizumi Sushi & Seafood Buffet in Northern Boulevard in Douglaston, N.Y.

Maharlika’s sizzling sisig.


A newly-opened pop-up restaurant called Maharlika (Filipino word for nobility) that serves Filipino brunch has been making waves at Manhattan’s East Village section since it opened mid-January, with mainstream critics and foodies all heaping praises on entrees like arroz caldo (rice porridge, $11) and longsilog (longganisa, sinangag and itlog, $11) or tocilog (tocino, sinangag and itlog).


Cafe attendants, dressed up in maid uniforms, clean up at the Meidolls Cafe in Cainta, Rizal on Jan. 30. The Philippines opened its first costume play maid cafe in the country where servers entertain customers with Japanese role playing culture.  (Reuters/Cheryl Ravelo)


MANILA — Waitresses in frilly French maid costumes, some with elaborate blonde ringlets tumbling down their shoulders, serve coffee and tea, pampering customers at Manila’s first “maid cafe.”

Chariss Madeja-Williams extends Ichi Umi guests Filipino hospitality.


Ichi Umi, an avant garde Japanese sushi and seafood buffet restaurant in midtown Manhattan on East 32nd Street near Fifth Avenue, has been attracting a number of Filipino celebrities visiting the Big Apple — from former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos and Senators Loren Legarda and Pia Cayetano, to famous actors Piolo Pascual, Gina Pareño and Pokwang, and singers Martin Nievera and MiG Ayesa.

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