One of the smallest of the sixteen cities that make up the National Capital Region of Metro Manila, it is named after the city’s patron saint, St John the Baptist.
Histrorically, before it became part of Metro Manila, San Juan City was part of the province of Rizal, where the first battle of the Philippine Revolution against the Spanish took place toward the end of the 19th century. This is marked by the Pinaglabanan Shrine, built to commemorate the Katipuneros – Filipino freedom fighters.
In 2012 the Museo Ng Katipunan was opened and is dedicated to the Katipuneros, displaying artifacts and with interactive displays to give visitors a true sense of how it was for those who fought in the revolution.
San Juan City is also good to use as a base for visiting its neighbors in the National Capital Region, or for traveling further afield to some of the many islands that make up the Philippines. It also has some attractions of its own, especially places of worship, but by far its main attraction is as a shopping destination – with Greenhills the place to be at.
As you would expect in a modern city, San Juan is bursting with thing to do and see – whether it’s dining, partying, shopping or just mooching about - its amenities and facilities on a par with any other urban center. Likewise, it’s dental and medical services are excellent too.
One of the cities in Metro Manila, it is pretty much in the center, with Manila to the west, Quezon City north, Pasig east and Mandaluyong south. Metro Manila is located on the most populated and largest island in the Philippines – Luzon – in the north of the archipelago.
An excellent location in Metro Manila, San Juan City is in the center of this vast metropolis and a convenient point to visit everything else the Philippines’ Capital has to offer, but if you don’t fancy straying too far after your dental treatment, you won’t want for facilities and amenities in San Juan – from hotels to shopping to great restaurants.
As a holiday destination, particularly for Aussies and Kiwis, the Philippines is popular and dental and medical tourism is also increasing here. It makes sense for many westerners because the facilities are excellent. Filipino dentists are well qualified with training that is on a par with dentists at home, and clinics are state-of-the-art, equipped with the latest technology to provide patients with top-class dental care.
For many international patients, the icing on the cake are the prices – on average 60% lower than at home:
• Average cost of a single dental crown in Australia AUD $1,230; At a dentist in San Juan City AUD $180• Average cost of root canal, post and crown in Australia AUD $2,155; At a dentist in San Juan City AUD $500• Average cost of dental implant and crown in Australia AUD $3,800; At a dentist in San Juan City AUD $2,400
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In common with many hotel accommodations across Asia, westerners can stay 5* luxury for the price of standard accommodation back at home, and San Juan City is no exception to finding fantastic accommodation at bargain prices. At the other end of the budget, if you are really on an economy drive, clean but basic hostel accommodation starts from only dollars per night.
There are no travel warnings from the US government for travel to San Juan, Metro Manila, or the island of Luzon.
It certainly is, provided you have chosen a dentist after doing some background research.
This is the main reason why we established Dental Departures. We know there is a world of great dentists out there, who offer excellent services at prices that are so much more affordable. We also know there are a lot of patients out there who cannot afford the prices at home, who are looking for cheaper alternatives they can afford, but not at the expense of the quality.
We set about bringing them together, and our website lists dentists from all over the world who meet our quality standards. Not only do we do criminal and legal checks, but also confirm dentist qualifications, professional memberships and areas of expertise, as well as doing clinic visits, providing high definition photos and collecting real patient reviews.
Building up a picture is important in assessing quality, and an essential safeguard against poor standards.
Our dentists in San Juan City all offer guarantees and warranties on the dental care they provide. This includes the work they perform, as well as on any materials that may be used, say, for fillings, crowns, veneers, dentures or implants. If something goes wrong during the warranty period it will be fixed, no quibbling, free-of-charge.
The thing to remember is that all medical and dental procedures carry some inherent risk. Your body may react adversely to a procedure that other people do not – we are all unique, after all. Choosing a reliable dentist does mitigate the risk but doesn’t nullify it completely. This is the same risk even if you went to your local dentist.
The problem with traveling overseas is if you have to travel back. There is, of course, a time issue, but also an additional expense issue, which is something you will have to weigh up. Our dentists warranties cover fixing the problem, but they don’t cover additional expenses you may incur, such as travel or accommodation charges. We would always advise to take out additional low-cost medical complications insurance that provides cover for these circumstances. For complete peace-of-mind a small additional fee is a minor price to pay.
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The second language in The Philippines is English. A legacy from the American occupation, it is taught in schools and is the primary language in business. You will find it is spoken everywhere, alongside other dialects, including at your dentist’s office.
Cash is accepted universally but you will need to check the individual clinic listings on our website for the other methods of paying your dentist in San Juan City.
Most usually accept some, or all, of the following:
- Debit card- Credit card (there may be an additional processing fee of 3-4%)- Traveler checks- Personal checks- Bank transfer
Dentists in the Metro Manila area will probably not be able to accept your dental insurance. However, some insurance policies provide for ‘out-of-network’ care which means that you may be able to reclaim any charges yourself upon your return home. Check with your provider to confirm, and be sure to get the appropriate forms sent to you before you travel if ‘out-of-network’ care is covered under your policy.
Our dentists are closed for important holidays, such as Christmas, but are open the rest of the year.The tropical climate in San Juan City experiences a dry season from October to June, and a short wet season from July to September. Even in the wet season it is fine to visit as rainfall veers toward sudden downpours rather than continuous rain.
New development has made it a lot easier for wheelchair users to get around, but you can’t be sure that everywhere you want to go to is going to be completely wheelchair-friendly. Certainly, the newer hotels tend to have ramps and wide doorways and many of our dental clinics shouldn’t have problematical access for wheelchair users. Many of our dentists also provide pick-up services from your hotel, to make life a little easier.
Get in touch with our Customer Care Team if this concerns you, as they will always find a solution to get you to see one of our dentists.
San Juan City doesn’t have any particular downsides any more than any other city. Just make sure you take the same common-sense precautions as you would in any other city or unfamiliar location. Don’t let your guard down – be aware of petty thieves, such as pickpockets – and don’t wander around dark, unlit parts of town that are off-the-beaten track.
The oldest church in San Juan City is the Santuario del Santo Cristo Church, also known as the Church of San Juan del Monte. Built in 1602 as a church and convent by Dominican Friars it was destroyed by the Chinese in the uprising of 1639. Rebuilt in 1641, it was destroyed by fire in 1763 during the brief British occupation of Manila. The current structure dates from 1774 and is noted for its historical significance as during the Revolution when it was used to shelter the Katipuneros.
Shopping is one of San Juan’s big draws – with Greenhills being the one-stop shop for practically everything. New market stalls (tiangge) are added every month but is the place to head for if you want a bargain – whether that’s on jewelry, clothes, electrical goods, antiques of local delicacies and handicrafts.
After a hard day bargaining, head to Wilson Street for refuelling at one of the many restaurants there, where you’ll international dining options as well as Filipino. The surrounding side-streets are full of culinary gems and you’re sure to uncover some gastronomic delights.
San Juan’s location is great for visiting neighboring locations, including all the city excitement Manila has to offer, or the popular Batangas – as well as being a springboard to the other exciting islands across the country.
San Juan City is near Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila, around 20 minutes drive away.
Taxi – More expensive than other modes of transport, but plentiful and accessible.
Jeepney – The most popular form of transport in the Philippines, they run round-the-clock and are cheap. You don’t need to pre-book – just hail them, like you would a taxi.
Tricyles – A motor-bike and side-car – brilliant for really short trips.
Buses – For longer journeys out of town, buses are the best way of getting there. The air-conditioned ones are best, but you’ll pay a little more.
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Ninoy Aquino International Airport: 8 miles (12 kms), 20 minsManila: 5 miles (8 kms), 16 minsAngeles City: 53 miles (86 kms), 1 hrs 17 minsOlangapo: 79 miles (127 kms) 2 hrsDingalan: 118 miles (190 kms), 3 hrs mins
You can book your appointment with one of our dentists online, or with our customer care team via our toll-free number.
Check out our real patient reviews, high-definition photos, dentist qualifications and exclusive online discounts at our website. We guarantee quality-checked dentists in San Juan Cty – and the best prices available.
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