TPB Philippines and Embassy of Malaysia Host “Halal Journey through Philippine-Malaysian Flavors”

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Discover the Flavors of Philippine-Malaysian Halal Cuisine

Manila – In a celebration of culinary diplomacy, the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) within the Philippines, in collaboration with the Embassy of Malaysia, recently orchestrated the “Halal Journey Through Philippine-Malaysian Flavors” on the Residence of His Excellency Dato’ Abdul Malik Melvin Castelino, Ambassador of Malaysia to the Philippines on 28 November 2023.

His Excellency Dato’ Abdul Malik Melvin Castelino, Ambassador of Malaysia to the Philippines delivers his remarks at the Halal Tourism Forum.
His Excellency Dato’ Abdul Malik Melvin Castelino, Ambassador of Malaysia to the Philippines delivers his remarks on the Halal Tourism Forum.
DOT Usec. Myra Paz Valderrosa-Abubakar on Muslim-Friendly Tourism: The Philippines as a Preferred Destination.
DOT Usec. Myra Paz Valderrosa-Abubakar on Muslim-Friendly Tourism: The Philippines as a Preferred Destination.

This culinary endeavor featured a meticulously curated Halal menu, embodying the wealthy cultural exchange between the Philippines and Malaysia. Renowned chefs, Chef Don Baldosano, Chef Edwin Loh, and Chef Ammaar Syafiq Ayob, worked in tandem to deliver a gastronomic fusion celebrating the distinct flavors of each countries. Beyond its culinary appeal, this initiative strategically supports the burgeoning Halal tourism within the Philippines, fostering mutual appreciation and understanding through the universal language of food. Destileria Limtuaco & Co. also sponsored the cocktail hour with a singular mixture of Filipino-inspired drinks before the dinner.

The Malaysian Embassy hosts the Halal Tourism Forum on 28 November 2023, sparking discussions on Halal and advancing Muslim-friendly tourism in the Philippines.
The Malaysian Embassy hosts the Halal Tourism Forum on 28 November 2023, sparking discussions on Halal and advancing Muslim-friendly tourism within the Philippines.

“By understanding the changing dynamics of our Muslim tourists, we are able to adapt our offerings and create exceptional travel experiences that resonate with their desires. Together, we harness the potential of Halal tourism and showcase the Philippines as a welcoming and inclusive destination for all travelers,” said TPB Chief Operating Officer Maria Margarita Montemayor Nograles.

The TPB and the Malaysian Embassy team up to present
The TPB and the Malaysian Embassy team as much as present “Halal Journey through Philippine-Malaysian Flavors”, attended by esteemed guests, including Brunei Ambassador Megawati Mana and key Philippine tourism players from each the private and non-private sectors.

The event was attended by esteemed guests, including Brunei Ambassador Megawati Mana, Director General of the Islamic Tourism Centre Malaysia Mr. Nizran bin Noordin, and Director of the Office of the Secretary – Halal Industry Development Mr. Aleem Siddiqui M. Guipal. Key Philippine tourism players from each the private and non-private sectors, including Department of Budget Management (DBM) Sec. Amenah Pangandaman, Department of Tourism (DOT) Usec Atty. Shereen Gail Yu-Pamintuan, DOT Usec. Myra Paz Valderrosa-Abubakar, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Usec. Aliah Dimaporo, and Vogue Philippines’ Rhoda Campos-Aldanese, graced the occasion amongst others.

(L-R)  Aboitiz Power Corporation Chief Commercial and Stakeholder Engagement Officer Danel Aboitiz, DSWD Usec. Fatima Aliah Quibranza Dimaporo, TPB COO Marga Nograles, Malaysian Ambassador Dato’ Abdul Malik Melvin Castelino
(L-R)  Aboitiz Power Corporation Chief Business and Stakeholder Engagement Officer Danel Aboitiz, DSWD Usec. Fatima Aliah Quibranza Dimaporo, TPB COO Marga Nograles, Malaysian Ambassador Dato’ Abdul Malik Melvin Castelino
This culinary endeavor featured a meticulously curated Halal menu, embodying the rich cultural exchange between the Philippines and Malaysia.
This culinary endeavor featured a meticulously curated Halal menu, embodying the wealthy cultural exchange between the Philippines and Malaysia.

The Malaysian Embassy also organized a Halal Tourism Forum that facilitated engaging discussions amongst tourism stakeholders. The objectives encompassed showcasing Filipino cuisine to the Malaysian tourist market and exploring potential developments in Muslim-friendly tourism products and facilities. This forum marked a big stride towards the mutual promotion of each countries’ culinary delights, encouraging Philippine tourism stakeholders to tap into the vast Muslim tourist demography by fostering collaborations and setting the stage for future advancements on this dynamic sector.

About TPB Philippines

An attached agency of the Department of Tourism, the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) is devoted to promoting the Philippines each domestically and internationally as a world-class tourism and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions) destination. TPB collaborates closely with private and public stakeholders to supply an exceptional, high-value experience for visitors, contributing significantly to increased tourist arrivals, receipts, and investments within the country. For more information, please visit www.tpb.gov.ph.

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