Meaningful Travels Ph brings you another inspiring tour and opportunity to open your hearts and minds to the richness and tradition of the Filipino Muslim culture. Right here in the heart of Metro Manila is the town of Quiapo that represents a “hotchpotch” of the culture of the major Muslim ethnic tribal groups – particularly, the Maranaos, Tausug, and Maguindanaons – covering their faith, food, stories and way of life.
This experience is designed to open our hearts and minds, to challenge any preconceived notions and build greater appreciation of Manila’s rich Muslim culture. In the end, creating a greater understanding with our Muslim brothers and sisters.
2. TRIP HIGHLIGHTS
Learn about the history of the Islam Faith in the Philippines
Visit the Golden Mosque and learn from their religious leaders about the Islam faith and practices
Learn about the history of the Quiapo community.
Visit the local places to eat. Learn about Halal food.
Discover & taste local dishes delicacies such as Palapa and local sweets.
3. TOUR TIMELINE AND ACTIVITIES
8:30 – 9:30: Morning Snacks at a local Café
Introductions and Historical Discussion
9:30 – 10:00: Shop Visit and Prepare for Mosque Visit
10:00 – 11:00: Madrasa and Mosque Visit/Discussion
11:00 -11:30: Photo Session and Wet Market Visit
11:30 – 12:30: Halal Lunch at a Maranao Restaurant
12:30 – 1:00: Debriefing Activity
4. MEETING POINT AND LOCATION
8:30 AM at Arab Asian Café (334 Gunao Street) or District Diner (340 Gunao Street) depends on number of participants. These cafes are just across each other.
Final meeting venue will be texted a day before tour dates.
5. TOUR RATES
1,500 Php – Regular Rate
1,350 Php – Student Rate
For groups who want to experience the Pagana Maranao, a traditional sit-down feast, group must be at least composed of 20 participants.
Halal Lunch at a Maranao Restaurant
Orientation and debriefing of tour experience
Certificate of Participation (by request)
7. GIVING BACK / COMMUNITY IMPACT
Main Impact this tour aims to deliver is to bridge understanding and develop deeper appreciation of the Filipino Muslim people, their history and culture, thus fostering peace and friendship, rather than prejudice and biases.
Travelers who wants to do more can bring bring gifts for the Madrasa school such as school items for the kids and teachers’ use. The school runs on donations and volunteer teachers.
A portion of your fees goes to Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports the education of kids in underprivileged communities.
8. CANCELLATIONS AND REFUND POLICY
a. Cancellations made within one week of the actual tour’s start date is non-refundable.
b. Cancellations made more than one week prior to the tour’s start date can be taken as a credit for any other Meaningful Travels Ph tour/trips (no cash refunds), and subjected to a 50% administration charge deduction on amounts already paid.
c. In the most unlikely event of cancellation by Meaningful Travels Ph all fees paid in advance will be refunded in full.
9. OTHERS: WHAT TO WEAR
Since we are entering a Mosque/Masjid, please wear respectful, modest and decent clothes. No low necklines. No shorts for men and women. For women, all blouses, shirts and tops must cover the skin until the wrist area. Wear long dresses, skirts, trousers or loose pants that will provide cover until the ankles.
Women must bring a headscarf or turban to cover their hair. One can buy a ready to wear head cover at the shops outside the Mosque for 150-300 Php.
Women who are in their moon cycle (menstruation) should refrain from entering the mosque as a sign of respect to the sacred place. You may join one of the facilitators outside the Mosque while waiting.
For women, when greeting Muslim men especially the religious people, one can say their greeting without any physical contact such as a handshake. It is forbidden for a Muslim man to shake hands with a woman who is a stranger to him (although some local men may not very strict about it, if they offer you a handshake, it's okay).
Those bringing their vehicles can park around the vicinity. Just be early to find your parking slot before 8:30 am. There is a parking facility available near the meeting venue, which is owned by the Barangay Chairman. Just ask around where the Parking Garage of the Barangay Chair, Abu Sharief.
10. CONFIRM YOUR TOUR SEATS
To confirm your seats, pay full amount (1,500 Php) to any of the following accounts and send us a copy of your deposit slip via email or Facebook messenger:
Ann Marie D. Cunanan / AMDC Meaningful Travels
BPI Savings Account 1729-1842-99
BDO Savings Account 0049-0013-1574
International payments can be done via Transferwise, Xoom.com or Paypal.
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