'Halal is for everybody': DOT highlights video series on Halal food tourism

Published July 21, 2021, 8:18 PM

by Alexandria Dennise San Juan

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has launched the Halal Culinary Tourism video series showcasing unique culinary finds in Mindanao in time with the recent celebration of the Muslim festival Eid’l Adha.

A hearty Halal dish is about to be served in Tambilawan Kamayan Restaurant in General Santos City. (Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism)

Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said the development of Halal Culinary Tourism aims to promote the culinary heritage of Mindanao and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), and consequently the tourism destinations down south.

“Food is an important part of a tourism experience. It gives us a glimpse of a place’s culture and heritage. Through the development of Halal Culinary Tourism, we are encouraging the discovery and familiarity with the traditions of our Muslim brothers and sisters,” Puyat explained.

The DOT chief added that they also want to introduce to Filipinos the true meaning of Halal–which is Arabic for “permissible”–via the video series.

“Halal is something that is clean and good for the health. It is not exclusive to Muslims, it is for everybody,” she said.

Aside from promoting the culinary heritage of Mindanao and familiarity with its culture, Puyat said the project also aims to document culinary practices of the area, create experiences and attractions by local government units (LGUs) and private enterprises for tourists, and promote Halal Tourism industry in the regions of Mindanao through culinary and heritage mapping.

The Sinina Kambing from Hashy’s Cuisine in Cotabato is a Maguindanoan delicacy. It is stewed goat meat cooked using local spices. (Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism)

Bay Tal Mal’s Tiyulah Itum, a stew dish with braised beef or goat, originated from the Tausug tribe. (Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism)

The Mindanao Halal Culinary Tourism is a project of the DOT with the Brunei Darussalam–Indonesia–Malaysia–Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA).

The public can now view the video series on the department’s social media platforms.

Featured in the launch video of the campaign were Halal-certified and Muslim-friendly establishments across Mindanao such as Black Seed Burger and SpiChef in Davao City, Bay Tal Mal in Zamboanga City, and Hashy’s Cuisine in Cotabato City in BARMM.

Also featured were Babu Kwan and Torogan Kape in Cagayan de Oro City, Pater al-Kuwait House of Palapa in Iligan City, Dennis Coffee Garden in Zamboanga City, Mama Ping in Cotabato City, Tambilawan Kamayan Restaurant in General Santos City, and Radin’s Guinamos in Agusan del Sur.