I needed to buy comfortable footwear so my niece and I went to the 3rd floor of the Uptown Mall at Bonifacio Global City (BGC) for Dr. Kong shoes. I bought a pair about a year ago and was very satisfied with it so with all the SCapades* I will make, I need reliable and comfortable footwear for long walks and “kikay” (stylishly feminine) pairs for shorter walks and casual dining out.
Dr. Kong innovated a “Check & Fit” foot examination and insole fitting service and professional foot assessment for all ages. It offers shoes and foot care products for infants, children, and adults.
There are lots of styles to choose from and the staff was competent and patient in letting me try different styles.
I finally ended up with 3 purchases: a black sneakers with glitters for my long walks; a black, covered and wedge-heeled shoes; and, a white step-in with 2-inch heels. Happy feet! Perfect fit!
Dr. Kong has 21 outlets so you have lots to choose from! Visit their FB account: Dr. Kong Philippines (Comfort and Healthy Shoes).
Are you like my husband when he became a senior? He did not apply for a Senior Citizen’s Identification Card until after about 2 years of being such. Perhaps, initially, he was in denial. However, when he gradually realized the big discounts in his maintenance medicines and in fine dining restaurants which he missed compared to his colleagues, off he went to the Office for Senior Citizen Affairs (OSCA) of our town!
I’m a bit different. I was still in denial turning 60 yo but looked forward to obtain my SC ID and avail of all the perks! I have been a law-abiding tax payer and it was the appropriate time for me to enjoy my rights as a senior. Who likes long lines in the airport/fastfood counter/grocery/other counters? So being senior is fine, especially when the counter person asks for my card to check if I am really senior! LOL
Anyway, regardless of your mindset, I believe you earned your senior rights as a good Filipino citizen so avail of it, especially those related to health and leisure!
I will only concentrate on leisure rights in this post but you can check out Republic Act No. 9994 in the web for more information.
- DOMESTIC TRANSPORTATION PRIVILEGES
- 20% discount and VAT exemption for air and sea travel, including advanced booking;
- 20% discount and VAT exemption on fare in public railways, including LRT, MRT and PNR;
- 20% discount and VAT exemption on fares in buses, jeepneys, taxi, and shuttle services (AUV).
- HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS
- Discounts on resorts such as beach and mountain resorts;
- Discounts shall be applied on room accommodations and other amenities offered by the establishment, not limited to the following examples:
- Hotel-based parlors and barbershops;
- Restaurants, massage and spa, workout gyms, swimming pools, KTV bars, internet facilities.
- RECREATIONAL AND PLACES OF LEISURE
- Discounts on the utilization of services in the form of fees, charges, and rental for sports facilities or equipment;
- Discounts on ballroom dancing, yoga, badminton courts, bowling lanes, table or lawn tennis, workout gyms, and martial arts facilities
- ADMISSION FEE PRIVILEGES
- Discounts on admission fees charged by theaters, cinema houses, and concert halls;
- Discounts on other similar places of culture, leisure, and amusement such as museums and parks.
- EXPRESS LANE PRIVILEGES – These shall be provided in all private, banking, commercial, and government establishments; in the absence thereof, priority shall be given them.
If you have additional information that might be helpful to other SCs, do leave a comment and I will add it in the list! Till the next time!
Have you ever experienced changing your bag to fit your attire only to find out that you forgot your Senior Citizen Identification Card? Well, fear no more as long as you brought other acceptable documentation. And do not be intimidated by that counter personnel or cashier who will insist that their establishment only accepts the official Office of Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) ID! Know your rights!
Article 5.5 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 9994 clearly defines the senior identification document as ANY document or proof of being a senior citizen and shall be any of the following:
- The Senior Citizens’ ID Card issued by the Office of Senior Citizens Affairs in the city/town where the senior citizen resides;
- The Philippine passport of the senior citizen concerned; and,
- Other valid documents that establish the senior citizen as a citizen of the Republic and at least 60 years old, which shall include, but not limited to the following government-issued identification documents indicating a senior’s birth date or age: driver’s license, postal ID, Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) Card, SSS/GSIS ID, and voter’s ID.
If you were ever in a senior-ID predicament, do share your experience by clicking “Leave a Reply” below this post, so we seniors can be made aware what to do if this ever happens to us. I’d love to hear from you, thanks!