Major tourism players tapped to push for Philippine Halal

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DAVAO CITY (Antonio L. Colina IV, MindaNews ) – Major tourism players will be tapped to push for the development of the Halal sector in the country in a bid to attract more tourists from Islamic countries.

In a roundtable discussion at Dermpath at SM City on Tuesday, Marilou Ampuan, a trustee of the Tourism Congress of the Philippines, said that they are encouraging business establishments to seek for accreditation from a certifier who is accredited by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF).

She said that these tourism players are in the frontline who welcome the Muslim tourists when they come to visit the country.

There are only three NCMF-accredited certifiers in the country, one each for Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, Ampuan added.

There are initially 10 industry players in Davao, 20 in the Visayas (10 are in Boracay Island), and 20 in Luzon who have so far signified their interest to be tapped as industry partners who will apply the principles and concepts of Halal in the production of their products and services.

Ampuan said that it would be best if the industry players will be granted with tax exemption while they are starting.

“For 2016, we want to increase the awareness of the people about Halal. We cannot tell them what to do without having the basic information about Halal,” she said.

In July 2015, the City Council amended the “Halal Ordinance” in order to advance and protect the rights, culture, and lifestyle of the Muslims.

Under the amended ordinance, food establishments that offer Halal-processed food and beverages should secure a Halal certification from an NCMF-accredited body.

“The common misconception with regard to Halal is that it pertains to food products that have no pork or other forbidden ingredients. However, Halal is more than a word to describe food. It is a way of life, following the teachings of Islam to achieve a ‘holy’ or ‘blessed’ lifestyle. It goes beyond food and drink and is imbibed in everything they do,” City Councilor Mabel Sunga-Acosta said during the Halal Festival in July last year at Abreeza Mall.

Acosta added that NCMF provides more standardized regulations in Halal-processing that apply to all food and non-food establishments.

Ampuan said hotels in the city should have basic necessities for Muslim tourists like quibla, an arrow that points to the direction of Mecca; prayer mats during salat, a Muslim prayer which is done five times daily; and Islamic reading materials like the Quran.

“Our hotels must provide these basic necessities so that they will feel at home,” she said.

Among the hotels in the city that have agreed to comply with the basic requirements include Marco Polo Hotel Davao, Seda Abreeza Hotel, Park Inn By Radisson Davao, Grand Regal Hotel Davao, Waterfront Insular Hotel, Microtel, and El Bajada Hotel.

Davao City is poised to be a Halal-friendly city, Ampuan added.

Citing the need to develop more accredited businesses, she said that Halal is a $3.2-trillion global industry where the Philippines’s share is minuscule as compared to its ASEAN neighbors like Malaysia.

Ampuan said that there have been Halal-certified businesses in the country that are already exporting, however she pointed out that the country’s brands are not so credible in the global market.

Peace body (OPAPP) filed fake attendance records

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THE Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process appears to have submitted bogus attendance records for its conferences, meetings and forums in 2014, a Commission on Audit report says, noting that the signatures that appeared on the documents to support its expenses were “doubtful.”

“In a number of attendance sheets, different names were printed, but the handwriting and strokes were similar,” said the report that was posted on the CoA website.

The state auditors also noted that several attendance sheets that included the same name had different signatures.

“We reviewed on a sampling basis the attendance sheets and accomplishment reports for the meal expenses incurred by the International Monitoring Team and Government of the Philippines-Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities and observed inconsistencies in the handwriting of different signatories,” CoA said.

“This was also true with Ars, where ARs from the same establishments showed different signatures although the names indicated were the same,” the CoA said.

Moreover, a review on a sampling of the attendance sheets for the 2014 meal expenses also showed discrepancies.

The commission warned that errant personnel would face charges, and urged the OPAPP to conduct an investigation.

Under CoA Circular 2012-001 issued on June 14, 2012, claims against government funds should be supported by complete, sufficient and relevant documents to establish the validity of the claim.

CoA also questioned OPAPP’s use of P45.33 million worth of car rental services in 2014 without the necessary authorization and with dubious supporting documents.

Based on an annual audit report, CoA said  OPAPP leased 294 vehicles, 89 of which were rented on a monthly basis, while 205 were rented on a “per activity” arrangement.

These were in addition to 56 vehicles owned by the agency, the CoA found.

The OPAPP’s financial plan and schedule of expenses under its own 2014 budget showed only P7.97 million appropriated for rent of motor vehicles, but this limit was not observed as actual spending on car rentals showed an excess of 469 percent, the auditor said.

To cover the shortfall, state auditors said OPAPP channeled funds from other programs without the prior approval of the Department of Budget and Management.

“We verified compliance of OPAPP to the above requirements and found that 89 motor vehicles rented on a monthly basis for calendar year 2014 were not covered by an authority from the DBM. The necessity of renting 294 motor vehicles cannot be adequately established since the purposes or activities were not always indicated in the supporting documents,” the CoA said.

Malaysia Halal Products Export To Hit RM50 Billion This Year 2016

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Malaysia is targeting halal products export to hit RM50 billion this year compared with last year’s target of RM40 billion.

As of September 2015, the export value of halal products totalled RM31.1 billion, up 27 per cent from a year earlier, said Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI) Datuk Ahmad Maslan.

Hence, he was confident of achieving the target of RM40 billion for 2015.

The top five markets for Malaysia’s halal products exports last year were China, Singapore, the United States, Indonesia, and the Netherlands, he told reporters after visiting Dewina Food Industries Sdn Bhd, the manufacturer of popular halal food brand, Brahim’s, in Bandar Baru Bangi, Friday.

The top six halal products sectors included food and beverage, halal ingredients, palm oil derivatives, cosmetics and personal care, industrial chemicals and pharmaceuticals, he added.

Ahmad said as of December 2014, there were 5,415 halal certified companies in Malaysia, an increase of 30.5 per cent from 4,443 recorded in 2013.

Out of the total, 1,841 or 34 per cent were Bumiputera companies, he said.

“I urged that more Bumiputera companies are involved in halal certification and acquire the halal certification as halal and Muslim are closely related,” he said.

Halal Industry Development Corporation Chief Executive Officer Datuk Seri Jamil Bidin said halal exports contributed about five per cent to total exports as of September last year.

Meanwhile, Ahmad reassured that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) would not affect the halal industry as there was a clause in the trade pact that gave recognition to the industry and Malaysia Islamic Development Department (Jakim).

“We don’t have to worry as it would not affect the halal industry, furthermore, it (TPPA) recognises the halal industry and Jakim certification in the agreement.

“This puts the halal industry in good stead for the future,” he added.

Also present was Brahim’s Group Executive Chairman Datuk Ibrahim Ahmad.

Why Japanese Chefs Are Embracing Halal Food

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Donburi and chazuke probably aren’t the first dishes that come to mind when you think about halal food. Hell, it’s rare to see much cultural cross-pollination in Japanese cuisine at all—hamburg steak and Naporitan aside.

That being said, the once isolationist island nation of Japan seems to be pushing forward in a real way to embrace halal-certified food—which is a pretty smart move considering Japan’s relative proximity to some of the nations with the world’s largest number of Muslims, like Malaysia and Indonesia. Japan would like to entice the world’s Muslim population to come visit, stay for a while, and eat. The World Halal Forum states that the global trade in halal food and beverages is around $1.4 trillion annually.

Sushi Ken in the Taito district of Tokyo is just one of numerous restaurants in Japan that now serve halal-certified food. Not that the conversion to the halal standard—which bans the use of alcohol and pork and requires slaughter of animals to be done by a Muslim, among other things—has been easy. Plus, Muslim tastes differ. The manager of Sushi Ken, Masao Ito told Channel News Asia, “In Japan, places where they handle halal seasoning are very limited. I have had difficulty getting my hands on them. The fish itself is not a problem. [But one significant] problem is processed food.” At Sushi Ken, seasonings are now made in-house.

In the Taito ward, it used to be that the only halal-certified restaurants were Indian, but now it has 17 restaurants that serve halal food. The local city government actually offered subsidies of up to US $820 to restaurants that earned a halal certification.

There’s even a Halal Expo in Japan. It had 80 exhibitors last year and 120 this year. “Japan is not a Muslim country so the market is very small,” said chairman of the Japan Halal Expo Executive Committee, Yoshichika Terasawa. “It’s gradually expanding. But it depends on Muslim visitors to Japan. I hope more food suppliers (and) exporters go to the cities to find their new market, the Muslim market.”

Restaurants in Japan that want to attract Muslim visitors realize that halal certification is only the first step. They also have to serve food that will be appealing to visitors from countries like Indonesia, the nation with the largest Muslim population in the world. To that end, one halal business in Tokyo, Tsutau Co., has enlisted a health and nutrition professor at Bunkyo University to come up with recipes for a new halal cuisine website. The professor, Seiichi Kasaoka, and his students have created a website of recipes of Japanese halal foods that use ingredients like soy sauce without alcohol and halal-certified meats.

As the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo draw nearer, Japan will be seeking all sorts of ways to entice visitors from all over the world to visit its shores. So if you find yourself in Osaka and have a sudden desire for some halal-style adzuki bean soup with satsuma-imo sweet potato, they’ve probably got you covered.

Halal Tourism sector ready for Middle East tourists

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WITH the recent announcement of a Cebu–Dubai direct link, local tourism industry players are getting ready for the expected influx of tourists from Middle Eastern countries.

Tour operator Alice Queblatin said seminars, forums and briefings have already been conducted to better prepare the tourism sector to provide halal-certified food and accommodate any special requirements by the Middle Eastern tourists.

“We are doing an intensive understanding of their food, idiosyncrasies and lifestyle so that the resorts will know how to deal with the families. Direct connectivity (to the Middle East) is going to be a plus for Cebu,” she said.

Several restaurants in the province are already serving halal-certified food, Queblatin said.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has also piloted a project that will help tourism establishments achieve halal certification.

Crimson Resort and Spa, highlighted as one of the preferred accommodations by travelers from the Middle East because of its private villas, is one of the 10 hotels in Cebu province selected as pilot establishments.

Other establishments are Cebu City Marriott Hotel, Cebu Parklane Hotel, Costabella Tropical Beach Resort, Marco Polo Hotel, Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort, Movenpick, Radisson Blu Cebu, Shangri-la Mactan Resort and Spa, and Waterfront Cebu Hotel and Casino.

Emirates Airlines of the UAE will launch daily Dubai–Cebu–Clark flights starting March 30 this year.

The flights will be serviced by a Boeing 777-300ER, and will have a seating capacity of 42 seats for business class and 386 seats in economy class.

In a statement, Thierry Antinori, executive vice president and chief commercial officer of Emirates, said in a statement that the carrier will “help enhance the Philippine’s trade links with the rest of the world and boost incoming tourism to Philippines, supporting the DOT’s “Visit the Philippines Again 2016” campaign.

The new route also heralds Emirates’ reentry into Clark after its first entry in 2013.

An underlying benefit in opening the new route anticipated by the official is the possible reentry of Qatar Airways. The carrier stopped servicing Cebu–Doha flights in 2009.

Govt surprised by MNLF muster

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THOUSANDS of armed Moro National Liberation Front fighters and affiliated groups massed up at Indanan, Sulu,  Friday, taking government troops by surprise, and leading them to take up positions against a possible attack.

The military put its forces in Zamboanga City on high alert to prevent the repeat of the bloody fighting in the city on Sept. 8, 2013 that claimed the lives of more than 100 people including soldiers, MNLF rebels and civilians after nearly a month of bloody skirmishes.

The MNLF rebels swooped down on Astana, in Indanan, Sulu bearing independent state flags for the start of the two-days National Parliament and General Assembly conference in the province.

The meeting was based on the orders of MNLF founding chairman Nur Misuari, Misuari’s directive was issued by Murshi Ibrahim, MNLF secretary general through a memorandum.

MNLF spokesman Absalom Cerveza said that the meeting was preparatory for the upcoming Islamic Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting.

“The assembly is in preparation for Misuari’s attendance to the IPU meeting later this year in an Islamic country that at present is still unknown,” Cerveza said.

He also said that several items would be tackled during the general assembly but declined to give any details

The massing up of MNLF forces drew criticism from Zamboanga City Mayor Bing Climaco.

“Why is the government allowing Misuari to roam free, when in fact he has a warrant of arrest?”

Misuari is facing rebellion case after hundreds of armed followers stormed Zamboanga City displacing thousand of inhabitants.

Climaco said the rebels were crossing the city on their way to Indanan.

The military and police escorted the Sulu-bound MNLF rebels to ensure that they would not take up arms in the city, Climaco said.

On Sept. 8, 2013, the MNLF forces also massed-up at the coastal areas in Zamboanga City, which led to MNLF’s staging of attacks and occupation of key installations and residential buildings barely weeks after Misuari declared Mindanao independence that sparked bloody fighting with government forces.

Misuari was disgusted after the government entered peace negotiation with its rival faction Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

Source: by Francisco Tuyay, Manila Standard Today.

15 Things You Should Know About Pigs – Why Pork is Haram in Islam

Why Pork is Haram in Islam – 15 Things You Should Know About Pigs:

1) A pig is a real garbage gut. It will eat anything including urine, excrement, dirt, decaying animal flesh, maggots, or decaying vegetables. They will even eat the cancerous growths off other pigs or animals.

2) The meat and fat of a pig absorbs toxins like a sponge. Their meat can be 30 times more toxic than beef or venison.

3) When eating beef or venison, it takes 8 to 9 hours to digest the meat so what little toxins are in the meat are slowly put into our system and can be filtered by the liver. But when pork is eaten, it takes only 4 hours to digest the meat. We thus get a much higher level of toxins within a shorter time.

4) Unlike other mammals, a pig does not sweat or perspire. Perspiration is a means by which toxins are removed from the body. Since a pig does not sweat, the toxins remain within its body and in the meat.

5) Pigs and swine are so poisonous that you can hardly kill them with strychnine or other poisons.

6) Farmers will often pen up pigs within a rattlesnake nest because the pigs will eat the snakes, and if bitten they will not be harmed by the venom.

7) When a pig is butchered, worms and insects take to its flesh sooner and faster than to other animal’s flesh. In a few days the swine flesh is full of worms.

Swine and pigs have over a dozen parasites within them, such as tapeworms, flukes, worms, and trichinae. There is no safe temperature at which pork can be cooked to ensure that all these parasites, their cysts, and eggs will be killed.

9) Pig meat has twice as much fat as beef. A 3 oz T bone steak contains 8.5 grams of fat; a 3 oz pork chop contains 18 grams of fat. A 3 oz beef rib has 11.1 grams of fat; a 3 oz pork spare rib has 23.2 grams of fat.

10) Cows have a complex digestive system, having four stomachs. It thus takes over 24 hours to digest their vegetarian diet causing its food to be purified of toxins. In contrast, the swine’s one stomach takes only about 4 hours to digest its foul diet, turning its toxic food into flesh.

11) The swine carries about 30 diseases which can be easily passed to humans. This is why God commanded that we are not even to touch their carcase (Leviticus 11:8).

12) The trichinae worm of the swine is microscopically small, and once ingested can lodge itself in our intestines, muscles, spinal cord or the brain. This results in the disease trichinosis. The symptoms are sometimes lacking, but when present they are mistaken for other diseases, such as typhoid, arthritis, rheumatism, gastritis, MS, meningitis, gall bladder trouble, or acute alcoholism.

13) The pig is so poisonous and filthy, that nature had to prepare him a sewer line or canal running down each leg with an outlet in the bottom of the foot. Out of this hole oozes pus and filth his body cannot pass into its system fast enough. Some of this pus gets into the meat of the pig.

14) According to Jewish law, pork is one of a number of foods forbidden from consumption by Jews. These foods are known as “non-kosher” foods. In order for a meat to be kosher, it must first come from a kosher animal. A kosher animal must be a ruminant and have split hooves – therefore cows, sheep, goats and deer are all kosher, whereas camels and pigs (having each only one sign of kashrut) are not kosher.

15) Quran, Holy book of Muslims also prohibits consumption of pork.

“He has made unlawful for you that which dies of itself and blood and the flesh of swine and that on which the name of any other than Allah has been invoked. But he who is driven by necessity, being neither disobedient nor exceeding the limit, then surely, Allah is Most Forgiving, Merciful.” Quran 2:173

I cannot understand why anyone would eat it. You might as well vacuum all day and then take the vacuum bag and make a nice soup out of it.

“Of course our Creator has given us the health laws through the Holy Quran and not eating pigs is even CLEARLY mentioned in the Bible (Leviticus 11:07)

But some humans think they are more intelligent than the Creator so they choose

Cebu gets direct Dubai flight

THE entry of Emirates Airline to Cebu will enhance trade and tourism links between the province and the Middle East countries, tourism stakeholders in Cebu said yesterday.

Starting March 30, the Dubai-based airline will commence its daily Dubai-Cebu-Clark (DXB-CEB-CRK-DXB) circular service in the Philippines utilizing Boeing 777-300ER.

This new route “will strengthen international connectivity in two of the country’s fastest-growing international hubs.”

This service, the airline added, will mark its return to Clark after its first entry in 2013 and will provide travelers both in Cebu and Clark with the fast connections to destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and the America, via Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

“With this service, Emirates will enhance the choice for travellers in the Philippines, who will be able to conveniently connect to 39 cities in Europe, 16 in the Middle East as well as a number of destinations across our extensive network in Africa and the Americas, including Panama from February 1,” said Thierry Antinori, executive vice-president and chief commercial officer of Emirates, in a statement.

Emirates’ entry to the Philippines will also help boost the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) Visit the Philippines Again 2016 campaign, the Emirates official said.

Likewise, it will expand travel options for Filipinos and offer flexibility for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) going in and out of the country.

“The entrance of Emirates to Cebu is a welcome treat for tourism and local businesses. With the goal of the DOT and the hotel industry of attracting meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (Mice) to our shores, Emirates will make it easier to connect the west to Cebu. This will boost arrivals hopefully by another 15 percent,” said Julie Najar, president of Hotels, Resorts, and Restaurants Association of Cebu (HRRAC).

Alice Queblatin, Tourism Congress vice president for Travel and Tour Group for Visayas, likewise shared the same positive thoughts, saying this new route will open tourism opportunities between Cebu and the Middle East countries.

“With connectivity in place, we are now in a direct position to capture these high-value tourism markets,” said Queblatin, who also owns Southwind Travel and Tours.

“The Middle East is a growing market. We receive inquiries from frequent individual travelers (FIT), small groups, honeymooners, and families who want to spend vacation in resorts here,” she said.

Queblatin said Cebu is ready to host tourists from these Muslim-dominated countries.

A report from the Regional Development Council (RDC) 7 said the DOT is pursuing the Philippine Halal Tourism Project to capture a good slice of the trillion-dollar Halal industry.

Halal-certified establishments serve halal food and allocate a place to perform Islamic prayers. Ten establishments in Cebu will participate in the piloting stage of the project.

Queblatin also believes the entry of Emirates to Cebu may also pave the way for other airlines, including those that have halted operations, such as Qatar Airways, to reopen flights to Cebu.

Emirates’ entry will also boost trade linkage between Cebu and the Middle East.

“It will definitely be an added boost to all private and public sector efforts. It will not only cut both cost and time for them and for us but will also make Cebu a transit point for Visayas-Mindanao travelers and businessmen,” said Ma. Teresa Chan, president of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Emirates’ daily flights from Cebu will depart as EK338 at 5:25 pm arriving at Clark International Airport at 6:45 p.m. From Clark, it will make its way to Dubai at 8:20 p.m, arriving at Dubai International Airport at 1:25 a.m the next day. The return flight will depart Dubai and arrive at Mactan-Cebu International Airport at 6:45 p.m.

The two-class configured Boeing 777-300ER offers 42 seats in business class and 386 seats in economy. The airline said flights to and from the Philippines will cater to the needs of the Filipinos, with Filipino-speaking cabin crew on board, and inflight cuisine options with popular Filipino dishes.

“Filipinos living in Visayas and Mindanao who go to the Middle East and Europe will benefit from this new route. Now they can fly directly from Cebu and save the hard-earned money they would usually spend on board, lodging and transportation if departing from Manila,” said Louie Ferrer, GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC) in a statement.

GMCAC said it has identified three key markets—Middle East, USA, and Europe—to connect to Cebu to facilitate an increase in inward tourism, outbound travel for Filipinos, including OFWs, and cargo capacity to support exports of Filipino products.

Srinivas Bommidala, chairman of the GMCAC Board, said that the pursuit of new and diverse routes for Cebu was supported by detailed economic analysis to ensure the long-term sustainability, as well as economic and social benefits for passengers and businesses.

Emirates operates multiple daily frequencies into GMR’s airports in Delhi and Hyderabad in India.

Also flying this March is the Cebu-Los Angeles direct flight via Philippine Airlines.

Meet Halal Makeup, the Latest In Natural Cosmetics

Halal is one of the fast growing labels for cosmetics. Find out if it’s worth the extra effort

Halal, the Arabic word meaning “allowed” or “permissible,” is generally used to describe food that adheres to Islamic dietary law. This law bans things like pork and alcohol and dictates how animals must be slaughtered, for example. But now, savvy female entrepreneurs are bringing the standard to makeup by creating cosmetic lines that promise to not only follow Islamic law, but to offer more natural and safer makeup for non-Muslims too.

Are halal cosmetics worth the added cost and effort?

For many Muslim women, the answer is clearly yes (although not all Muslims believe that the law extends to makeup), and the market is growing exponentially, according to market analysts in The Business of Fashion. They say to expect to see both indie and larger brands touting halal on their products this year. Some uber popular brands, like Shiseido, have already added “halal certified” to their list of standards, right next to things like vegan and paraben-free.

Is there a point for non-Muslims?

Well, some halal cosmetic brands maintain their product is held to a higher standard than regular makeup. “Many who visit our store for the first time have a limited understanding of halal, but, once they understand the philosophy and come to know that our products are vegan, cruelty free and devoid of harsh chemicals, they show a keen interest in trying our products,” Mauli Teli, the co-founder of Iba Halal Care, told Euromonitor.

Still, it may be more hype than substance, says Ni’Kita Wilson, Ph.D., a cosmetic chemist and the founder and CEO of Skinects. “I would not consider halal makeup to be ‘cleaner’ or better regulated,” she explains. “There are no cosmetic regulations around [the label] ‘halal’ therefore it is up to the brand to self-regulate.”

It’s this lack of consistency under the “halal” umbrella that has many consumers concerned. While all the products seem to avoid pork (weirdly, a common ingredient in lipstick) and alcohols, other claims vary widely from company to company. Although, to be fair, this problem certainly isn’t limited to halal makeup companies.

And so, like most cosmetics, it comes down to the strength of the individual product, says Wilson. But she doesn’t exactly see a downside to the label either. So if you’re up for a little experimenting and love to support independent female-owned labels, halal-certified cosmetics might be a fun way to mix up your makeup this year.

Indonesia Getting Ready For The Largest Fashion Week 2016

Jakarta. The biggest fashion festival in Indonesia, 2016 Jakarta Fashion Week (JFW), kicks off this Saturday at Senayan City shopping mall, South Jakarta, entering its eighth edition to more than 250 Indonesian and 15 international designers.

Self-proclaimed as the most influential fashion week in Southeast Asia, the programs held during JFW include not only include a procession of runway shows, but also film screenings, an award show for promising young designers, and a series of discussions on the controversial topics affecting the fashion industry today.

The Jakarta Globe rounds up the things to look forward to at JFW.

Indonesian fashion’s old and new guards

The line-up of designers displaying their spring-summer 2016 collections at JFW fashion tent is a colorful blend of established names and emerging talent.

Didi Budiardjo, who earlier this year celebrated his 25 years in fashion with an acclaimed exhibition, will host a solo show next Wednesday evening. On the same night, couturier Sapto Djojokartiko will show display a collection from his new ready-to-wear label Todjo.

Meanwhile, shows by celebrated but relatively new designers are distributed evenly throughout the week. This weekend, for instance, fashion goers will witness shows by the likes of Tex Saverio, who’s dressed Hollywood starlets such as Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lawrence.

Other designers displaying their collections at JFW include Toton and the label Major Minor, who have collaborated with with contemporary artists like Eko Nugroho for their upcoming collections.

Dewi Fashion Knights will become a fitting finale for this year’s JFW when it showcases five leading Indonesian designers Peggy Hartanto, Felicia Budi of fbudi, Lulu Lutfi Labibi, Rinaldy Yunardi and Haryono Setiadi, on Friday night.

Introduction of new talents

In keeping up with JFW’s mission to propel young talent into the limelight, fashion and lifestyle magazine CLEO will host its annual award show on Wednesday night.

At the award show, seven up-and-coming fashion labels including Aesthetic Pleasure, B.Y.O. and Paulina Katarina, have been selected as the finalists to compete for the “Most Innovative Local Brand” and the “Most Promising Accessories Brand” awards.

Muslim wear redefined

Indonesia has long being perceived as the world capital for Muslim wear, so it is no wonder that JFW has also tapped into this market of “modest wear” — a relatively new term intended to cast a wider net of customers.

Highlights include Dian Pelangi, the poster girl of Indonesia “hijabers,” who was recently inducted into the list of 500 most influential people in the global fashion industry by the popular website Business of Fashion. She will hold two shows on Sunday and Monday.

Sustainable and ethical fashion

Lucy Siegle, a British writer with expertise on sustainable and ethical fashion, will speak at a talk show about the topics organized by the British Council on Monday. The documentary she co-produced with Livia Firth, “The True Cost” — which reveals the dark side of fast fashion companies — will be screened the following day.

Indonesia’s Ministry of Industry will also hold another talk show “Beginning Ethical Fashion” on Monday,where discussions will include whether ethical conditions for workers in the fashion industry are adhered to.

It will be followed by a fashion show featuring Merdi Sihombing, who uses traditional woven textiles to support Indonesian workmanship, as well as Friederich Herman, who is committed to providing a safe and comfortable work atmosphere for his employees.

Cultural exchanges

JFW also collaborates with a number of Asian cultural organizations to bring international designers to Jakarta. The Japan Fashion Week Organization has invited designer Suzuki Takayuki, who will display his innovative collection with local Indonesian brand Bateeq on Sunday.

Meanwhile on Friday, the Korean Cultural Center will present a show featuring Indonesian designer Patrick Owen, who just recently display his spring collection at Seoul Fashion Week with his Korean counterpart Sujinn Kim of the label Soulpot Studio.