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Phl pushed as medical hub _ Business, News, The Philippine Star
MANILA, Philippines A group of Singaporean investors and a top Filipino surgeon invested about $1 million in a specialized medical clinic with a goal to make the
Philippines a medical hub in Asia by introducing a cheaper alternative cosmetic procedure.
The Singaporean investors partnered with Dr. Alfredo Callanta, a Filipino plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgeon, to open Empire in Quezon City, which
specializes in fat grafting, said Dev Durai, managing director of Empire Centre for regenerative medicine, in a briefing.
The procedure involves the use of the patient’s own fat to restore facial volume lost through the aging process through noninvasive surgery.
Durai said the investors saw the potential of the cosmetic procedure to push for the country’s bid to become a medical tourism hub.
“The Philippines is still in the age of infancy. During the Marcos era, it was supposed to be the next medical tourism hub. Now, the economy is gearing up and doing
well,” he said.