As one of Asia’s fastest growing urban centers, Quezon City also stakes its claim as one of the most livable cities, with standards that can be at par with any metropolitan area in the region.
Recognizing that quality living is an index of city’s progress, Quezon City highlights its potential as a major global metropolis by envisioning itself as center for medical and wellness tourism.
Under the auspices of the Quezon City Tourism Department (QCTD) led by officer-in-charge Divine Pascua, the First Quezon City Medical Tourism Stakeholders Summit was held early in June at the newly opened Seda Vertis North Hotel.
The summit was the springboard for initiatives working around the vision of Mayor Herbert Bautista, who is determined to make Quezon City a medical and wellness destination.
“A report forecasts the World Medical Tourism market to be at US$143 billion by 2020,” revealed the mayor in his speech.
“Medical Tourism is one of the so-called sunrise industries. Growth is phenomenal and the Philippines is poised to benefit because of our hospitality, skilled doctors, and world-class facilities. QC wants to be part of it and I want all of you here to be also part of this developing success story,” he added.
Bautista revealed a master plan to clearly map out the steps to be taken in order to achieve the goal of becoming a major medical and wellness hub.
“We invite property owners near the major hospitals to operate establishments, such as board and breakfast accommodations, healthy restaurants, wellness centers, transport services, among others, catering to patients and their companions,” he declared.
He explained that medical tourists who seek recovery in the facilities may bring along their families, so something has to be prepared for them, too. They don’t have to go far to eat, shop, or be entertained; they must do it all in QC.
To showcase QC’s readiness in this aspect, summit participants visited the Quezon Memorial Circle early in the morning to witness how residents keep fit and healthy. Zumba and aerobic sessions are conducted and one can freely use the exercise equipment such as the leg press, stationary bicycles, rollers and twisters. Basketball, tennis and badminton courts abound for group activity or one can jog, bike or walk inside the vast park and enjoy the fresh air and lush greens.
Topnocth hospital St. Luke’s Medical Center now has a concierge building where patients, both local and foreign, can be assisted and given the proper avenues for their recovery. QC is also home to leading government hospitals such as the Heart Center, Lung Center, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, among others. Top private hospitals such as the Capitol Medical Center, World Citi Medical Center, and Providence Hospital are also located in the city.
Aesthetic centers abound as well, with top dermatologists having their clinics all over—with some located in the malls and along the Timog-Tomas Morato stretch such as Belo Medical, Calayan, Svelt-I, Ellen’s Aesthetic Center and MedAsia.
A well deserved pampering at health spas offering a variety of treatments and massages are also available all day at budget-friendly prices.
“Quezon City is ready to welcome the world when it comes to medical tourism. We have parks and gyms for fitness, hospitals for treatments, aesthetic clinics for beauty, and spas for relaxation. However, to make QC truly a medical and wellness tourism we need everyone’s support and cooperation since the city government can’t do it alone,” expressed Pascua at the conclusion of the summit.