MASSAGE THERAPY IS CEBU'S NEWEST TOURIST COME-ON

MANILA,
May 22, 2004  (MALAYA) THE Department of Tourism together with the Department of Health has recently conducted the first licensure examination for massage therapists to ensure that the Philippines will be at par with the leading health tourism destinations in Asia.

In response to the growing spa business in Cebu, the DOT Office of Product Research and Development (DOT-OPRD) facilitated a licensure examination to professionalize the massage therapy practice and at the same time upgrade the skills and quality of service of masseurs initially in Cebu.

The examination is one of the requirements for accreditation by the DOT. The DoT accreditation rules and regulations required that a spa establishment must have one licensed massage therapist who will supervise twenty (20) unlicensed masseurs.

Ten examinees passed the licensure examination, among them were: Emmanuel Hernani, Victor Enerio, Debbie Cabiling of Roman Spa in Waterfront Hotel in Lahug; Glendale Gadiano of Cebu Paradise in Waterfront Hotel-Mactan; Joy Fe Lim of Senses; Vivian Jumao-as of Kenko; Marilou Menor and Charisse Ringpis of Shangri-la Hotel-Mactan; and Karen Bustamante and Celeridad Piega of Plantation Bay Resort and Spa.

Tourism Secretary Roberto Pagdanganan stressed the potential of health tourism in the country due to its relatively low cost of health services, skilled and caring doctors and nurses coupled with the Filipino's warm character.

Spa tourism which is part of health tourism, is fast becoming popular in the Philippines as it is in other countries because of its beauty and therapeutic benefits, Pagdanganan added. The DOT chief encouraged spa establishments to promote health tourism combining wellness and leisure for local and foreign tourists.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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