Halal certified. That's what I always check on the food label in grocery stores and supermarkets.
But then, I wanted to dine in a Halal-certified restaurant in Manila. The crowded, busy scene in a bustling old downtown Manila -- the Philippine capital.
Halal means 'permissible or allowed in Islam and it is becoming a global food standard even for non-muslims.
And so last year, in 2019, I celebrated Eid in the busy district of Quiapo in downtown Manila where the Golden Mosque is located.
The mosque was commissioned by former First Lady Imelda Marcos and built in 1976 to welcome Libyan President, Gaddafi, but he wasn't able to visit the country.
It then became a community for our Muslim brothers and sisters, where they settled and established their livelihood.
Businesses like Halal restaurants are thriving within the vicinity of the Golden Mosque.
Halal-certified food would mean a 'clean and healthy food' without alcohol and pork-derived products.
For health reasons, animal products sometimes would carry diseases that are transferrable to humans and regular consumption would develop into diseases like common hypertension, high cholesterol leading to cardiac disorders, or heart ailments.
Since the pandemic, we prefer to eat organic vegetables which we grow on our newly developed farm. We just want a healthier body and to boost our immunity to fight off diseases.
Nowadays, it's wise to invest in health and wellness and so we're adapting health standards like Halal.
The world and humanity have to be health-conscious because now we realize how vulnerable we are to acquiring diseases if we don't practice the best health practices and lifestyles.
The taste of Eid is just as tasteful as any cuisine in the world, however, they have made it to level up on their practice of the highest health standard.
We always choose to be healthy. We choose to be well.
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