ON MEDICAL TOURISM: DOH and DOT Secretaries to be revered @ 5th Holistic Festival

Known practitioners and gurus of health, wellness, healing and medical tourism in the Philippines and from other countries will converge for one week recharging starting March 17, dubbed as 5th Holistic Festival at Villa Jireh Japeth Resort Hotel, Bgy. Uyong, Labrador Pangasinan.

Health and Tourism Secretaries Francisco T. Duque III and Joseph “Ace” Durano respectively will be the guests of honor and speakers at the opening ceremony of the healing event.

“We need both departments’ support in our pursuit to natural healings using traditional and modern modalities to promote medical tourism in our country and to position Pangasinan as the healing center of the Philippines,” Ms. Helyn C. Escaño, the over-all chair of the festival and co-owner of the resort and institute comments as she invites the two secretaries.

“This will definitely adds: 1) the volume of tourist arrivals, 2) the length of stay of the tourists in the country, and 3) their average daily spending while in the Philippines, which were the three objectives set by Sec. Durano this year for Department of Tourism,” she continues.With the trade show’s theme: “Advocating Filipino Natural Solutions and Holistic Practices,” the festival coincides the 15th thanksgiving year of Villa Jireh Japeth Resort Hotel which started in its humble beginnings as a prayer house on the top of the hill over-looking China Sea.

The health acronym in this big affair stands for Health; Ecology; Arts, Culture & Sports; Livelihood; Tourism & Technologies for Humanity. This festival will highlight developments in herbal medicines, organic foods, ecology, entrepreneurship and other ways to be healthy and productive; exhibitions of holistic art, health, wellness and beauty products; showcases traditional and complementary modalities and technologies such as Hilot Pinoy and other modern spa services; Competition and Skills Olympics on culinary arts and related holistic skills.

“Holistic is a kind of healthy lifestyle that caters to the body, mind and spirit of a person - the wholeness of an individual," Escaño explains.

This festival will be the grounding foundation for international participation and may start for a bigger vision towards the development of wellness, medical and eco-tourism.

Additional highlights are the new inventions and technologies by our Filipino inventors in the field of herbal medicines, recycling and environmental management system.

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