Author Archives: Jun Macarambon

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 […]

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. … Read more

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 […]

South Korean food producers set sights on Halal Market

SEOUL – South Korean processed food companies and farmers are ramping up efforts to tap into the rapidly growing global halal market as they face tougher competition from cheaper rivals and unfavorable foreign exchange rates, industry watchers said Monday. Halal food refers to food products that are prepared in a specific way according to Islamic … Read more

8 Rules of Engagement Taught by the Prophet Muhammad

Extremism ‘experts’ are everywhere these days. Assertions thrive about what Shariah law allows, especially when it comes to warfare and ‘Jihad’. Two very unlikely bedfellows, Islamophobes and extremists, have taken up one allegation, that Islam is violent, and run with it. They both misquote Islamic sources to prove their shared fantasies, and to good effect, […]

Rating system to intensify campaign for halal-friendly tourism practices

DAVAO CITY — The Department of Tourism (DoT) has solicited the services of a Singapore-based accreditation body to look into the readiness of Philippine establishments for halal tourism. Crescent Rating, which provides various services related to halal-friendly travel including a globally recognized rating standard, will undertake the initial assessment this year for free. “(Crescent Rating) … Read more

Optimistic outlook for Halal Industry in 2016

Approximately 25 per cent of the world’s population is Muslim and it is evident that there are segments of global markets that adhere to their religious requirements. Halal, an Arabic word defined as permissible according to Islamic law, is required in the consumption of both goods and services for Muslims. The halal industry is a … Read more

Socially Responsible Investing – An Opportunity for Islamic Finance

Report by Malaysia International Financial Centre Report Islamic Finance and Socially Responsible Investing Ethical, equitable, social and sustainable investments are all synonymous to both Islamic finance and Socially Responsible Investing (SRI). In both instances, investors seek to achieve a strong return on their investments; and similarly, to take into account the social returns and society. … Read more

ABS-CBN News team ambushed in Marawi

ILIGAN CITY – Members of ABS-CBN News Iligan were ambushed by motorcycle-riding gunmen in Bangolo, Marawi City past noon Saturday. Reporter Ronnie Enderes, cameraman Emilito Balansag and driver Gary Montecillo were all able to escape unharmed. According to Enderes, gunmen on board two motorcycles were involved in the incident. One of the back riders fired […]

DOST’s science and tech fair highlights industry benefits to Mindanao

MANILA, Dec. 22 (PIA) — The Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Science and Technology (S&T) Fair for the Mindanao Cluster got underway in Zamboanga City from December 3-5, 2015 with focus on S&T’s impacts on the rubber, mining and food industries, including halal. The fair showcased the many benefits of DOST’s Small Enterprise Upgrading […]

Businesses urged to tap $2-Trillion halal market

PHILIPPINE businesses, especially food manufacturers, are encouraged to get certified to capture into the huge $2-trillion halal industry and increase their share of the market. Glenn Peñaranda, commercial counselor of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Foreign Trade Service Corps, said the halal market has been growing, owing to rising awareness about the halal concept … Read more

Vaping is Haram, Malaysia National Fatwa Council rules

SEPANG: The National Fatwa Council has ruled that smoking electronic cigarettes or vaping is forbidden, says its chairman, Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Abdul Shukor Husin. He disclosed this after the Special Muzakarah (Conference) of the Fatwa Committee of the National Council for Islamic Religious Affairs in Malaysia here last night. He said the decision … Read more

10 Cebu hotels to pilot government halal project

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has identified 10 hotels and resorts in Cebu that will participate in the pilot implementation of a project that aims to make tourism establishments halal-certified. These are Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort, Cebu City Marriott Hotel, Cebu Parklane Hotel, Costabella Tropical Beach Resort, Crimson Resort and Spa, Marco Polo Hotel, Movenpick, … Read more

The Lanao Provinces: The Birthplace of Federalism in the Philippines

Fact: In 1920 120 Sultans and 30 Datus belonging to the Pat Pangampong Ranao (the Confederation of Sultanates of Lanao) wrote the United States President requesting that should the U.S. government eventually make the Philippines a Commonwealth and then a Republic, Lanao as a Province choses not to be part of it. They still would […]

Obama bans non-halal meat in prisons

Federal inmates with cravings for bacon wrapped tenderloin must now fork over their own money for crispy pork rinds or dried jerky from the commissary, following a recent decision by the Obama administration to remove all pork meats from the national prison menu. The federal Bureau of Prisons, which runs 122 federal penitentiaries and provides … Read more

ARMM celebrates Science and Technology Week

COTABATO CITY – The Department of Science and Technology of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DOST-ARMM) formally launched here the region’s celebration of the 2015 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) on Thursday. The event features DOST-ARMM’s biggest and latest breakthroughs, programs, and interventions in the fields of agriculture, enterprise development, industry competitiveness, information […]