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The Philippine Heart Center is a hospital in Quezon City, Philippines, specializing in the treatment of heart ailments.

Philippine Heart Center
Department of Health
Philippine Heart Center (PHC).svg
Heart Center (East Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City)(2010-08-26).jpg
LocationEast Avenue, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Emergency departmentYes
ListsHospitals in Philippines


The Philippine Heart Center is a hospital specializing in the treatment of heart ailments. It has rooms for pay patients and charity patients[1] and admits more than 14,000 patients every year, including 3,300 that undergo heart surgery.[2] It holds regular training programs for medical professionals.[3] It as one of the busiest congenital heart surgery centers in Asia, according to its website.[4] It is currently headed by cardiologist Joel M. Abanilla.[5][6]


The Philippine Heart Center was established through Presidential Decree No. 673 issued by president Ferdinand E. Marcos in 1975. The building is identified with what is referred to as the Marcoses' "edifice complex,"[7][8] defined by architect Gerard Lico as "an obsession and compulsion to build edifices as a hallmark of greatness."[9] The hospital was built using 50% of the national health budget, according to Senator Jose W. Diokno, "while around the country, Filipinos were dying of curable illnesses like TB [tuberculosis], whooping cough, and dysentery."[10]

Its original name was the Philippine Heart Center for Asia and was changed to its current form in 1975. It was inaugurated on February 14, 1975. Cardiovascular specialists including Christiaan Barnard, Denton Cooley, Donald Effler, and Charles Bailey practised there.[citation needed] The first Director of the PHC was Avenilo P. Aventura (1974-1986), a cardiovascular surgeon who performed many pioneering operations in the Philippines including the first successful renal transplantation in 1970, the first CABG in 1972, and developed and implanted the first ASEAN bioprosthesis, the PHCA porcine valve. The first patient to be admitted to the PHC was Imelda Francisco, on April 14, 1975.

In 2014, the Philippine Heart Center was given a Qmentum International Gold Accreditation for August 2014-2017 by Accreditation Canada International for "excellence in hospital practices and safety.[11]

Architecture and designEdit

The hospital building was designed by architect Jorge Ramos[12] in what has been described as a Brutalist style.[13] It was built in 1975 with a reported cost of almost USD50 million.[14] It was co-founded by Dr. Ludgerio D. Torres.[12]


  1. ^ Pagaduan-Araullo, Carol (March 28, 2016). "Philippine health care system, from bad to worse". Business World. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  2. ^ "Welcome to PHC". Philippine Heart Center. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  3. ^ Philippine Heart Center Annual Report 2013. Philippine Heart Center.
  4. ^ "Mandate". Philippine Heart Center. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  5. ^ "Officials". Philippine Heart Center. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  6. ^ "Joel M. Abanilla, MD". Philippine Heart Center. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  7. ^ "Masagana 99, Nutribun, and Imelda's 'edifice complex' of hospitals". GMA News Online. September 20, 2012. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  8. ^ Afinidad-Bernardo, Deni Rose M. "Edifice complex | 31 years of amnesia". Philstar. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  9. ^ Santos, Roselle. "Book Review: Edifice Complex: Power, Myth, and the Marcos State Architecture by Gerard Lico : Philippine Art, Culture and Antiquities". Artes de las Filipinas. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  10. ^ ""To Sing Our Own Song" (1983)". Jose W. Diokno. May 13, 2011. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  11. ^ Philippine Heart Center Annual Report 2014. Philippine Heart Center.
  12. ^ a b Villa, Kathleen de (September 16, 2017). "Imelda Marcos and her 'edifice complex'". Inquirer. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  13. ^ Reyes, Anthea (2017-09-21). "Looks like the Marcoses were Brutalists by choice". NOLISOLI. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  14. ^ Myles, Garcia (2016). Thirty years later... : catching up with the Marcos-era crimes. Quezon City, Philippines. ISBN 9780578175607. OCLC 945380506.

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