Unexpected walking tour, with tropang bangag organized by Weng of biyaheng Jologs and JC of JekoyExpress, I’ve been in Quiapo for many times but this is my first time to visit the Golden Mosque a place of worship for followers of Islam.
The Golden Mosque acquired its name for its gold-painted dome as well as for its location in Globo de Oro Street. Under the supervision of former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos, construction began on August 4, 1976 for the visit of Libya's President Muammar al-Gaddafi, although his visit was cancelled. It now serves many in Manila's Muslim community, and is especially full during Jumuah prayers on a Friday. The mosque can accommodate up to 10,000 worshippers.
According to the mosque administrators, the minaret was torn down due to problems in structural integrity at the time of former Mayor Lito Atienza. There are already plans to rebuild the minaret as donations from all over the world are pouring in to reach the target of 12 million Philippine Pesos.
At the main gate of the Golden Mosque we standby and chitchat with the owner of store and we asked her if they will allow us to get inside the Mosque as she said YES important is the proper outfit and of course a big respect to others faith.
The owner of the store lent a hijab to our friends (a veil that covers the head and chest).
Exactly 12PM when we left at the Golden Mosque and we were hunting good restaurant offering Halal Food fortunately we found it.
Wash your hand before you eat :)
Please don't disturb me
To be honest this was our first time to try Halal food except Weng and JC because Mindanao one of their favorite destination they already visited Basilan, Cotabato, Davao, Lanao Maguindanao, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Zamboanga, Cotabato, Dapitan, Dipolog, General Santos, and Pagadian they have a lot of wonderful and dreadful experienced in exploring the Philippines and they're also aiming to visit the 81 provinces before they reach the retirement age. One of the highlight is using your bare hand in eating food, because In Muslim tradition, they practice eating with their bare hands.
Muslims generally observe modest dress, but the variety of styles and colors have various names depending on the country.
Photo credit: JC Sabio & Racky Bernardo