Philippine Heart Month

Heart Month is actually not exclusive to the Philippines. For a number of other countries—Canada, the US, and the UK, for example—February is also National Heart Month. For us in particular, it came into being on 9 January 1973. This was when Proclamation No. 1096 was made. This proclamation made during Ferdinand Marcos’s presidency created Philippine Heart Month. What was its purpose? To dedicate resources and focus attention on the pressing issues of cardiac health and medical research for the population.