01 Jul Bridging gaps at The Spot
CROSSING borders and bridging gaps amid diversity of religion, practices and beliefs, this is the pursuit of the newest Halal destination in Davao Region — The Spot Halal Restaurant of Hijo Estate Resorts.
The Spot in Tagum City, which officially opened last Friday, offers Middle Eastern dishes of the Arabic, Kalagan and Tausug tribe.
“Beyond the economic gains and tourism contribution, the opening of this halal restaurant is our way of making a statement for unity among all our brothers and sisters especially here in Mindanao, Christians or Muslims, we can coexist in harmony by respecting our diverse culture,” Rosanna Tuazon-Fores said.
She added that the Halal restaurant is committed to foster sustainable tourism and to provide tailored-fit products for every guest.
The Spot is among the 15 tourism-related establishments recognized by the Department of Tourism (DOT) last April during the Madrid Fusion as a Halal restaurant. Also, the restaurant is one of the few certified and accredited-Halal restaurant by the Halal International Chamber of Commerce and Industries of the Philippines (HICCIP). The restaurant is within the Hijo Estates, 760-hectare mixed-used tourist development in Mindanao.
Lani Sta. Maria, operations head of the Spot told reporters that since it was softlaunched last March of this year, the restaurant already drawn tourists, a big bulk is from the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
“This is an ecotourism spot, we involve the tribe in the community to take part in the business, so we include the dishes by the Kalagan tribe,” she said, adding that some 1,000 members of the tribe are living near the property.
Sta. Maria added that the restaurant offers locally sourced yet globally inspired cuisine. Its menu offerings are also inspired by the Kalagan tribe and colorful culinary traditions of Southeast Asia.
The restaurant has a native-inspired pavilion and dining facility. It also provides activities for families and friends to enjoy like fishing, kayaking and river cruising as it is wonderfully situated beside a majestic twin rivers with a century-old mangroves.
The Spot Halal Restaurant is open daily from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 06, 2016.