Author Archives: Jun Macarambon

Hello Again!

I have a hard time to gain back the passion of writing and blogging again. I will revive this – personal blog of mine. For a start, i will write anything in my mind until i also slowly reviving other niche blog i maintain like the following: Moro Foodie (Food) Moro Photography (Photography) Halal Blog […]

Ramadhan International Bazaar 2014

Ramadhan, the fasting month anticipated by Muslims worldwide, is here again.

Muslims and non-Muslims alike in Metro Manila are invited to experience Ramadhan in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig.

Ramadhan International Bazaar

Ramadhan International Bazaar

The first Ramadhan International Bazaar is a 38-day dusk to midnight food and culture showcase of the East-Mid-West from June 27th to August 3rd.

Have a taste of authentic halal international cuisine cooked on-site with the first ever butlerized halal buffet as Muslim Filipinos and foreign Muslims break their 12-hour fasting daily.

Imported halal food and non-food products will be featured in the unique exhibits.

The Ramadhan International Bazaar 2014 will be formally launched on Saturday, June 28th 6:00 p.m. at Mercato Centrale located at the corner of 8th Avenue and 34th Street in BGC.

The Ramadhan International Bazaar, to be held annually henceforth, is spearheaded by Halal & Toyyiba Holdings, Inc., a joint venture corporation between Muslim Filipinos and Malaysian entrepreneurs, in collaboration with L’Opera Group, owner of the top Italian restaurants in the country that are now going halal, and Mercato Centrale Group, the premiere organizer of night & day food market in the metro.

The event is supported by National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

Five percent of the sales of food and non-food special selections will proceed to the less privileged and orphans through the feeding and charity programs of the organizers in partnership with Islamic Embassies.

The Ramadhan International Bazaar is first of its kind experience not to be missed!


After many years of building website and also collecting domain names for future projects as an entrepreneur and also as a blogger. I just received an email from LATHAM & WATKINS LLP a law firm who represents Entrepreneur Media, Inc. who runs the famous . This is regarding the domain name i own, which […]

Nur Misuari shouldn’t be solely to be blamed

I criticize Prof. Nur P. Misuari before because some of his actions like not supporting the FAB and his mismanagement of Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) as Governor. But some so-called intellectuals or professionals it’s easy for them to criticize Maas. I realized that, we should remember that, Maas is at first an Academician then a Revolutionary leader. Running a Revolutionary Front is different from running a Government with all those bureaucracy up to Malacanang and doom to failed ARMM system.

We all know that ARMM is not the solution to the Bangsamoro Question, President PNoy even agreed it’s a failed experiment. Nur Misuari shouldn’t be solely to be blamed. We should also blame the Congress of the Republic of the Philippines for watered down ARMM Organic Act which is also a none-compliance or misinterpretation of the MNLF-GPH 1996 Peace Agreement. MNLF Nur Misuari was trapped and fooled by Filipino Politicians promises.

MILF learned a lot of lessons from MNLF experienced against the Filipino Gov’t. That’s why MILF negotiation with GPH now is very careful and vigilant. Some MILF Youth and Young Bangsamoro Leaders are given opportunities to study abroad like Governance and other needed technical skills to run a government so if the Bangsamoro State arrived, it will not be doom to failed Bangsamoro Government. MILF should be thankful to MNLF experienced because they we’re not the one who was trapped and be blamed to ARMM failed experiment.

Extend and Help your fellow comrades who was trapped, losts and helpless against insincere government. We Bangsamoro will not be liberated unless we are united and be inclusive among all sectors of our ummah. Free Bangsamoro!

Trying to be a Blogger cum writer again

If you see my last blog post - My usual snacks at McDonald’s, its dated last November 9, 2007. AWOL for almost 6years. Whew! Many things happen between this years. Actually my last post on this blog was around 2010, but because my server crashed then i lost all my posts/contents. I tried to recover all […]

Senator Villar’s Philippine Halal Act and NCMF Halal Board

SENATOR Cynthia Villar filed a bill to institutionalize a national standard in preparing “halal foods” to be on par with world-accepted guidelines observed in all abattoirs, outlets, hotels, restaurants and other service establishments.

In Senate Bill No.312 or the Philippine Halal Act, author Sen. Villar wants ”to protect the interest of the people for clean, pure and healthy food. Halal foods are healthy because Muslims make sure that slaughtered animals are also healthy and clean, and pay particular attention to the feeds given the animals.”

The bill seeks for the creation of the Philippine Halal Accreditation and Regulatory Board (PHARB) tasked to formulate, draft, manage and implement programs relevant to manufacturing, production, distribution, preparation, handling, storage and verification of halal approved-food, non-food merchandise and services.

Just few months back, the only agency of the government now that has the mandate of promoting the Halal Industry in the Philippines is National Commission on Muslim Filipinos – Halal Board where it will accredit Halal Certifying Entities/Bodies (HCB/Es) for the utmost benefit of Muslim Filipinos and in partnership or cooperation with appropriate agencies, individuals and institutions here and abroad.

Though the NCMF can accredit Halal Certifiers in the Philippines, its Halal Board has very vague mandate or has very little power to really push the Halal Industry. For instance, if theres a company who claims that their product is Halal certified and it later found out that the product is contaminated with ‘Haram’ nor non-halal like porks and its derivatives? Can the NCMF punished or sanctioned the said company?

After launching of the NCMF Halal Board, there are only 3 groups applied for accreditation as of this writing. Heres the list:

One of the dominant and visible player in Halal certifications in the Philippines – the Islamic Da’wah Council of the Philippines (IDCP) still or has no plans to apply for accreditation. IDCP still claims that they are the “Sole” Authority in Halal Certifications because they win the case against Office of Muslim Affairs (now NCMF) - based on Supreme Court ruling G. R. 153888 dated 9 July 2003.

If Philippine Halal Accreditation and Regulatory Board (PHARB) is approved by the congress and signed by the President? Is the NCMF Halal Board will be elevated to PHARB?

The global market for halal foods is estimated at US$547 billion a year or more.

The huge market has drawn interest from food producing countries worldwide. The demand and sale of halal products continue to climb due to the growing number of the Muslim population globally and in the Philippines.

“The concept of halal, which means ‘permissible’ in Arabic, has been traditionally applied to food. But now, goods like cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, clothing and services are also being certified halal. They also adhere to the proper method of slaughtering an animal for consumption, known as dhabihah. There are procedures in the certification of halal food and other products,” Villar said.

She said the government must ensure compliance with international standards of good manufacturing and hygienic practices by institutionalizing a halal system for food, non-food products and services.

Philippines Gateway To Halal Market

By Edu Lopez
via Manila Bulletin

The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) has cited the Philippines’ gaining popularity as a global business platform and gateway for the $632 billion halal food market.

“Halal’s increasing global popularity stems from strict cultural and religious adherence to its quality standards that make it synonymous to health and hygiene,” said CITEM Executive Director Rosvi Gaetos.

Halal is a major component of the International Food Exhibition (IFEX) Philippines which will be beld on May 16 to 19, 2013 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

CITEM is currently undertaking preparations for the forthcoming IFEX Philippines, a biennial event and the premier international sourcing hub for the finest ethnic Asian food, ingredients, and raw materials.

The event would have an entire pavilion devoted to Halal to give the industry players all the room they would need to market their products to a vast foreign audience.

Halal pertains to foods that are allowed under Islamic Law. Haram, on the other hand, refers to foods that Muslims are forbidden to consume such as pig and dog and their derivatives, carnivorous animals except animals that only eat fish, amphibians such as frogs, crocodiles, turtles, and seals, among others.

Under the Islamic Law, it is likewise forbidden to use dirty equipment during preparation, processing, and manufacturing.

This development has turned the Halal seal into an international symbol of good quality and marketability.

Halal foods are prescribed for the world’s 1.8-billion Muslims, consequently yielding a global annual market that constitutes some 20% of the world’s entire food consumption.

“In support of the Philippine Export Development Plan’s Halal Development Plan, a special participation rate for IFEX Philippines 2013 will be offered to Halal-certified companies, Halal certifiers, as well as Halal-compliant restaurants and hotels, if they exhibit,” said Gaetos.

“This development underscores CITEM’s strategy of using IFEX to help make the Philippines a leading Halal producer in the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA), now poised to become the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), a unified regional production and trading block by 2015,” she added. (EHL)

Welcome to Halal Ville

Assalamu Alaykum brothers and sisters.

Welcome to my new blog project – Halal Ville. It’s been long i’ve been planning to have a blog about halal, and now … it’s up and running!

I have so many reasons why i need to develop this weblog. I aimed to promote Halal awareness among us Muslims particularly here in the Philippines, to know different Halal issues,  impart halal lifestyle in daily life and build a creative network among social, educational, government and business sectors to develop halal community collaboratively for common benefits of everyone.

On personal reasons i want a ready available database of Halal Restaurants and food related since im a Moro Foodie and food blogger, i love to eat and splurge on foods but its hard when there’s none Halal available or at least pork-free establishments – restaurants or fast-food chain. Having a database nor list of Halal establishments, it will also help other Muslims enjoy their stay here in the Philippines.

Other reason also is there’s little information dissemination on what is halal and there’s question who is really the Halal Authority in the Philippines, unlike other Muslim nation who has  authorities nor agencies that outline a halal chain from authority to manufacturers to products to consumers.

I will try to fill this gap, i will reach out to Islamic scholars nor authority about halal, will share anything i will learn from them. If you know any of them (scholars), drop me a message so i can interview them if they are willing – contact me here.

If you have any questions nor queries about halal or suggestions and want to share to me, click contact us.