Tapping Health Tourism and Retirement Market: Alternative to Rural Land Best Use ( part two)

Last Saturday, February 22, 2014, we wrote about the need to Develop Resort Hotels away from Metro Manila. In the study we did for a client in BINAGONAN Rizal, we concluded that a Health and Wellness  facility would  be one of the Best Uses for the Tropical Land with a River and a Spring.

We saw the importance for City Dwellers, to find a place to have wholesome rest. It is necessary for our health; the mind, body and soul.

For us who live in “stressful” urban environment , are open to suffer from pulmonary illness , high blood pressure , heart conditions, and several other kinds of maladies . 

To site one of the stressful elements of Urban living is having to undergo daily traffic jams. It is nerve wrecking at times. August last year, a study by the University of the Philippines National Center for Transportation Study (UP NCTS) placed the average annual losses incurred due to traffic congestion in Metro Manila at over P137 billion as of 2011. The study noted that the country has lost more than P1.5 trillion since 2001 due to traffic, which has led to loss of productivity.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica)

Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica)

Earlier in 1999, studies by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) and the Department of Transportation and Communication placed annual losses due to traffic in Metro Manila at P140 billion.

Of this figure, P40 billion went to direct losses, such as wasted gasoline, lost labor hours, employment of traffic aides, and wasted electricity, while P100 billion went to indirect losses, like missed business opportunities and reduced capital inflow due to investors shying away from the country, among others.

At the time, the Jica study said that the average speed of vehicles was 12.6 kilometers per hour, and identified the following main reasons for the traffic: Bad driving habits, inadequate traffic enforcement, and poorly coordinated infrastructure projects. Kate Pedroso, Inquirer Research.

One of the well known tourist spots in the Philippines is the Pico de Loro Cove in Batangas. You probably wonder why it is called Pico de loro, the picture below explains why..

collagePico Sands, the only hotel in Pico de Loro, a seaside development by SM. Rooms are decent, and luxurious. There are wall arts,  It has quirky elements in the room rather bland structure. This gave the place a whole lot of character.

The view. Set between a backdrop of a bald Pico hill and a calm pristine lake, these elegant condominiums are wonderful. It was a peaceful view, even though the sea was out of sight. The lobby seemed to have risen to life with all the natural light coming in. The greens from the gardens outdoors seemed to want to come inside.


There is a lake which was confirmed to be man made. It became the landmark of Pico de Loro, the center lake where everything else revolved around in. There were several lobbies and dining areas in entire complex. There were huge ballrooms as well, making it a perfect events place for both weddings and corporate affairs.

The pool in the beach club is amazing, and the cove is absolutely beautiful. The natural landscape of the place is incredible. It feels like secluded and exclusive, and it is just near Manila.


Medical infrastructure should be constructed in other places in Philippines, like Bataan. One good medical infrastructure project that should be constructed is the Blue Lotus Health Resort in Laurel, Batangas. The project will be the development of a health resort envisioned to help foster a holistic lifestyle with the end in view of helping others achieve a longer, healthier, and happier life, specifically focusing on Ayurveda treatment programs. Ayurveda resorts are mostly found in India, but there are others also located in other Asian countries, Europe, and the U.S.A. This project will be the first of its kind in the Philippines.

Blue LotusThis project will be a big help for medical needs of people, especially to our senior citizens that those who greatly in need of medical attentions.

In other countries, when they reached the age of being senior citizen, they move out of their house and live in a house with other senior citizens called “elderly care”. Our country is known for our hospitable characteristics and love for our parents. Most of us Filipinos still live with our parents even regardless with their age, so that we can personally take care of them. Our mentality is that, we should return what our parents gave us when we we’re young, like they love us with all their heart and lives, so we should also love them back.

People can retire for health and wellness if we have this kind of project here in the Philippines. Because of the aging population like in Japan, China, Europeans, some of them are going to other Asian countries looking for care. So Philippines should take advantage of this situation.

Medical Tourism Philippines (MTP) welcomes tourists from all over the world to visit the Philippines for their medical and leisure needs. The most common procedures are cosmetic and plastic surgery, dermatology, weight loss surgery, ophthalmology, and dentistry.


The Philippines has been growing as a tourist destination of choice for health and vacation because of our world class physicians, modern technology, and our uniquely Filipino brand of caring and compassion at great values for money at a fraction of the cost in developed countries. We are home to some of the best hospitals and stand alone Specialty clinics in the world, offering world-class expertise, state-of-the-art facilities, and the distinct warmth of the Filipino hospitality. We also have some of the world’s best spa retreat resorts and tour destinations in this part of the earth.

Below are the three compelling reasons why you should have your medical procedure in the Philippines.

  • Great value for your money – at a fraction of amount you’d spend on a treatment in the US or Europe, with MTP, you’ll get the same world class quality care in the Philippines…plus a Bonus Vacation in an Exotic locale.
  • Be in safe hands – Filipino doctors study in Asia’s best medical schools, with many stayed in the US, Japan and elsewhere for additional exposure and experience making them among the most capable physicians along the Pacific Rim.
  • Heal faster and better – after your procedure, pamper yourself with the Filipino blend of spa retreats.. Enjoy your kind of excitement with our ecotours, adventure tours, and cultural tours. Recovery has never been this quick and enjoyable.

With the help of Medical Tourism in the Philippines, we can attract more tourists that who come here in the Philippines not just for the beautiful tourist spots but our medical services for them. We can also give services for elderly tourist with the help of Philippine Retirement Authority

philippine_retirement_authority“Smile at Life in the Philippines.” This is the invitation of Philippine Retirement Authority to our former Filipino citizens and foreign nationals to choose the Philippines as their second home. Famous for our vibrant culture, hospitality, friendly English-speaking population, natural attractions, and tropical climate, retirees can expect the good life in the Philippines at an affordable cost.

The Philippines is an archipelagic nation made up of 7,107 islands spanning 1,840 kilometers north to south. It is part of the Southeast Asian region, and is bordered by Taiwan to the north, Indonesia and Malaysian Borneo to the south, the South China Sea to the west, and the Pacific Ocean to the east. The Three main Philippine Island groups are Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao. The Capital is Manila. Time Zone is GMT +8 hours.

Generally, Philippines has a tropical climate. March to May is hot and dry. June to October is rainy, November to February is cool. Average temperatures: 78F/25C to 90F/32C; humidity is 77%.

Understanding each other will not be a problem between the retirees and our people. Almost every Filipino can understand and speak some English. In fact, we are the third largest English-speaking nation in terms of population.

Two official languages are Filipino and English. Filipino which is based on Tagalog is the national language. English is widely used and is the medium of instruction in higher education. Eight (8) major dialects spoken by majority of the Filipinos: Tagalog; Cebuano; Ilocano; Hiligaynon or Ilonggo, Bicol, Waray, Pampango, and Pangasinense.

Some 83% of Filipinos are Catholic. About 5% are Muslim. The rest are made up of smaller Christian denominations and Buddhist.

The principal appeal for retirement in the Philippines is the lower cost of living. Housing, food, and labor costs are quite reasonable. Global Filipinos and foreign retirees can retire in the Philippines and enjoy not only the lower cost of living but also the very favorable currency exchange rate.

The Philippines’ monetary unit is the Peso. Foreign currency may be exchanged at any hotels, most large department stores, banks and authorized money changing shops accredited by the Central bank of the Philippines. International credit cards such as Visa, Diners Club, Bank Americard, Master Card, and American Express are accepted in major establishments.

In terms of medical services, our facilities are comparable to the best anywhere else. Our highly trained medical personnel and caregivers are in demand all over the world not only for their competence and expertise but most especially for the care and compassion they show to their wards. Healthcare, a top priority of the senior market, is an expertise of the Filipino who is world-renowned for his excellent healthcare practitioners.

Filipinos are naturally warm, friendly and hospitable. We have a ready smile for everybody and our religious background that is predominantly Catholic makes service to others an innate trait.

Every retiree can avail of the country’s continuously improving telecommunication facilities. They can keep abreast of what is happening around the world and keep in touch with their relatives and friends back home.

Philippines can provide the retirees endless choices of world-class destinations that will bring them closer to Mother Nature with clean air and beautiful sceneries. The white sand beaches of Boracay and Panglao and the virgin islands of Palawan often referred to as “the last frontier” are truly unforgettable places that entice the visitors to come back in the Philippines.

The Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) prides itself on the after-membership service that it provides to the retirees. During their stay in the country, they can consider PRA as their second family. PRA helps them address their needs. If and when they encounter any problem, PRA is with them every inch of the way.

The Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) is a government owned and controlled corporation created by virtue of Executive Order No. 1037, signed by former President Ferdinand E. Marcos on 04 July 1985. On 31 August 2001, through Executive Order No. 26, the control and supervision of PRA was transferred to the Board of Investments (BOI) – Department of Trade and Industry from the Office of the President.

On 12 May 2009, Republic Act No. 9593, otherwise known as Tourism Act of 2009, PRA became an attached agency of the Department of Tourism and placed under the supervision  of the Secretary.

PRA is mandated to attract foreign nationals and former Filipino citizens to invest, reside and retire in the Philippines with the end-view of accelerating the socio-economic development of the country, contributing to the foreign currency reserve of the economy and by providing them the best quality of life in the most attractive package.

Left: Happy foreign couple senior citizens in the Philippines Right: Dancing Filipino couple as the music plays. photo source:  www.passporthealthusa.com www.clinicalsportsmedicine.com

Left: Happy foreign couple senior citizens in the Philippines
Right: Dancing Filipino couple as the music plays.
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