Jil’s Tropical Spa and Wellness

San Pedro’s home to many day spas. One of them is the newly opened Jil’s Tropical Spa and Wellness on top of the 7-Eleven branch in Brgy Poblacion. It offers massage and other body treatments as well as facial care and spa services. Here’s my review of the spa’s services.

Location: Truth be told, the spa’s easy to miss.  There’s a narrow flight of stairs leading to the second floor of the building where the spa is located. This is not very inviting for a hesitant prospect even at day time. But for spa enthusiasts like me, the stairs mean that I will be climbing my way to a quite and relaxing day spa.

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Reception area at Jil’s

Design: I’ve been to several day spas in this town and let me say that this is the most beautifully-designed and spacious day spa of them all. Upon gaining entry into the spa, you’ll first notice the artificial water fall near the reception table on the left. To the right is a small waiting area with plush seating for the waiting guests.

The wooden floor is also worth mentioning. It’s the ONLY day spa in San Pedro that has this kind of elevated wooden flooring and it clearly indicated that the owner  spared no expense in creating an extravagant environment for bone weary customers. The walls are painted dark green with wall ornaments that looked expensive. Upon closer inspection, I think that it was made of dried water lily stems woven together with hemp-like string and varnished to give it a glossy finish.

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Here’s what my massage room looked like

The native theme extends to the the rooms. You’ll notice that the materials used for the bed, chairs, and baskets are all natural, Filipino materials. The lighting emits a soft, warm glow that makes you feel warm and cozy. There are hooks where you can hang your clothes and a drawer in the bottom of the bed where you can lock your valuables. Instead of cheap, thin linens that’s common in many day spas, Jil’s uses soft, comfy sarongs.

For couples, there are two rooms available. One is for those who’ll only avail of the massage and this is where me and my daughter had our first ever massage at Jil’s. The other room is something that’s unique to Jil’s day spa. Why? It has a large bath tub and is available for those who will avail their complete spa packages. I have never seen a day spa here in San Pedro that has a bath tub!

Spa products: Jil’s offers a wide array of signature spa products. They have different kinds of oil for different purposes. There’s the regular virgin coconut oil, healing oil, etc. I also found out from the owner, Ms. Jil Amil, that they don’t use mineral oil. If you’re not aware, mineral oil can cause allergic reactions and they’re not healthy for your skin.

I also got to try their body scrub. They have several kinds of body scrub, including cherry (which I had) and chocolate. Their chocolate body scrub smells delicious and I’ve been informed that it’s made of Hershey’s chocolate powder. These scrubs are combined with Dutch Mil milk when applied to your body.

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I asked the masseuse to take a picture of me after the shower.

Staff: I like my massage therapists quite. I refrain from chatting with them when I’m getting my massage and I expect them not to talk to me unless I asked a question. That’s exactly what I got from the massage therapists at Jil’s Spa. Aside from asking me what kind of pressure I wanted and telling me that I’m to turn over or hit the showers, they didn’t talk to me.

In the two instances I had my massage there, the owner was manning the front desk. She’s friendly and accomodating. She was able to convince me to become a member. I also got to talk to her about ideas for marketing their services through group buying sites.

Spa service: Though I still like the signature massage of Banahaw Heals Spa, I’m becoming fond of the massage at Jil’s. I was able to sleep on my second massage, which is the mark of a good, relaxing massage for me. I slept for more than an hour and they didn’t wake me up until they were ready to close. Turns out that my masseuse was trying to wake me up after my massage but since I was sleeping like a log, they decided to let me be until closing time. I was lucky  there were a few customers that night and the room I was in was not needed.

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Getting a body scrub at Jil’s is like getting a massage!

What I highly recommend that you try is their body scrub. For only P150, you’ll gety a 45- minute body scrub. Whereas some spas will only scrub you for about 15 minutes and then let the scrub rest on your body, the massage therapists at Jil’s apply the scrub using Swedish massage technique so it’s still like getting a massage. The only difference is you get to shower afterwards. I must note that when I had my scrub, I didn’t get to enjoy their hot shower. Something was wrong with the heater so the water was a bit cold. The staff and the owner apologized for it so it’s not a big issue for me. I’m sure they’ve addressed this issue by now.

Price: IMHO, Jil’s Spa offers the best value for money among the day spas here in San Pedro. You get to enjoy a nice, relaxing massage in a lavish environment for as low as P150 during off peak hours. Their body scrub is a bargain at P150 so I suggest that you try it along with the full body massage combo for a totally relaxing and rejuvenating experience.

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I feel relaxed after waking up from my massage

To get the best deals, I stronly suggest that you become a lifetime member for only P500. As a member, you’ll get a couple of body treatments for free, including full body massage and body scrub. You will also get a free treatment on your birthday. I availed this free treat last October 29 and I had a body scrub -body massage combo. You will also get huge discounts on all of their services. Just don’t forget to present your membership card whenever you go to the place. The membership benefits can also be used by three of your family members.

For more information about Jil’s Tropical Spa and Wellness center, you may get in touch with them at 09433137538. You can also message them through their Facebook page.

San Pedro Aktibo Youth & Sports Center: Get Fit for FREE

  • Do you want a place where you can learn karatedo, taekwando, and boxing for FREE?
  • Do you want FREE aerobic lessons?
  • Are you in need of  FREE seminar rooms?
If you answered YES to any of the questions above, then I strongly recommend that you visit the San Pedro Aktibo Youth & Sport Center. A project of Mayor Calixto Cataquiz & the Sangguniang Bayan, this facility offers FREE use of all boxing ring equipments, table tennis, badminton courts, darts, chess and seminar areas to all residents of San Pedro and their friends. Locals can also take advantage of the FREE taekwondo, karate, and aerobics lessons conducted by certified sports trainors.
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The youth center is open from 8AM to 8PM although you can arrive earlier and just look for the building administrator to gain entrance.

The San Pedronian’s Experience

I visited the San Pedro Aktibo Youth & Sport Center during the holidays. As expected it, was closed for the duration but the youth center’s building administrator, Mr. Omar Pactanac, was there to show me around the facilities and give me a run down of the local response to the youth center and what it has accomplished so far.

My  first impression of the place was this: it’s big! According to Kuya Omar, the place used to be a public market but it didn’t do well as it should so the owners closed it down and then the local government rented the  2nd and 3rd floors of the building for the youth center. The lease is good for only two years and the administrators of the center are now looking for an alternative.

Next impression: it’s bare. Aside from the equipment needed for the lessons being taught, there aren’t really any facilities. This is because the youth center is 100% FREE. Yes, you won’t pay anything to use the facilities. All you have to do is attend the events and schedule the time and date that you would like to use the facilities. Even the ID is FREE. Just bring your 2×2 ID picture so you can get your ID.
Badminton area
Kuya Omar related an interesting story. There was once a badminton instructor who brought his students from a nearby school to learn badminton in the youth center. They allowed him because he said he was teaching the students for FREE. Then it turned out that the clever badminton instructor charges 40 pesos per student per session. They had to ask the badminton instructor to stop coming to the youth center.

Programs and Services

At the moment, there are regular karatedo, taekwando, boxing, and aerobic lessons in the San Pedro Aktibo Youth & Sport Center. These are 100% FREE and are taught by qualified instructors. Jimmy Cataquiz teaches boxing while Ian Frank Garcia conducts karatedo lessons. Rico Andres teaches aerobics.
Here are the schedule of regular classes:
Friday: 6PM to 8PM
Saturday: 1PM to 4PM
Sunday: 9AM to 12NN
Thursday: 6PM  to 8PM
Saturday: 4:30PM to 7:30PM
Sunday: 4PM to 7PM
Monday, Wednesday & Friday:  8:30AM to 10AM
Monday to Fridays: 2PM to 4PM
There are also special classes being held at the Youth Center for limited time. In 2010, there was a FREE Chess Clinic conducted by Mr. Joseph E.Ballecer, a chess varsity player for the College of Saint Benilde in Taft, Manila. This is his way of giving back to the community since he is a scholar. A true San Pedronian!

For this year, Kuya Omar reveals that they are in the midst of setting up a FREE arnis classes. Hopefully, this will be launched this month, January. If this pushes through, expect to hear the details here in The San Pedronian.

If you also need space for seminars, meetings, parties or any other gatherings, the youth center has a seminar room that you can  use. All you need to do is submit a request letter a month before your scheduled event so they can make the necessary arrangements. A word of caution: if you are conducting a PAID seminar, forget about it. Since it is free to use to the facilities, your events must also be FREE.

By the way, the youth center offers FREE WiFI access. So, if ever you find yourself of need of a place to hang out or work, bring your laptop to the center, settle in some nook, and do your online thing from there. I might just do that as soon as I get my laptop back just to observe how the daily activities.
Train as a boxer with Jimmy Cataquiz

San Pedro Aktibo Youth & Sport Center Needs You!

If you are an expert on any sport or any activity that involves physical activity, e.g. yoga, chess, dance, then you can volunteer your services at the youth center. They are looking for trainors and instructors who are willing to share their knowledge and passion to children who can’t afford to enroll in sport classes. I am considering of holding a free seminar for mothers who would like to work at home as virtual assistants by the 2nd quarter of this year.

Are you good at table tennis? Why not volunteer as an instructor!

How to get there

This youth center is located in La Martina Plaza in Brgy. San Vicente, beside the Total Gas Station and the under-construction Saint Louis Anne Colleges campus. To get there, ride one of the jeepneys going to Brgy. Langgam. There are jeepney terminals in front of Dina’s boutique and beside HBC along the hi-way.

Front view of La Martina Plaza

For more information about San Pedro Aktibo Youth & Sport Center, look it up on Facebook and check out photos, discussions, videos, and wall posts by its fans. If you would have any questions, you can also contact Kuya Omar at 0927-781-8822.