February 2017

It is with great pleasure and excitement that I invite you to the 11th Congress of the Asia-Pacific Society of Atherosclerosis & Vascular Diseases (APSAVD) on February 27- March 1, 2018 in the Philippines! Our scientific program promises to be interesting, relevant and informative, and will focus on the theme:

“Addressing Regional Diversity in Atherosclerosis and Vascular Disease in the Asia-Pacific Region”

We have a line-up of eminent academics, clinicians and researchers from within and outside the Asia-Pacific region who will present important data and share experiences on dealing with dyslipidemias and arteriosclerosis in their respective countries and in the Asia-Pacific region. A special session on Familial Hypercholesterolemia in the region is also being set up. Interactions between countries in the region on above topics augur well for future collaborations that the APSAVD can spearhead.

Aside from the scientific sessions, there are at least 3 more reasons why you should attend the congress in the Philippines: first is the renowned hospitality of the Filipinos who just love to welcome and show foreign guests around; second is the novelty of seeing that part of the Philippines that visitors have yet to experience: The congress will be held southwest of Manila,  in Iloilo City, voted the most livable city in the Philippines for 2 straight years; and third, the Filipino culture and the places to enjoy after the congress are there for the taking, and quite inexpensive, too!

The congress host will be the Philippine Lipid & Arteriosclerosis Society, with major co-sponsors: the Philippine Society of Hypertension (PSH), the Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism (PSEDM) and the Philippine Society of Vascular Medicine (PSVM)

Eugenio Jose F. Ramos, M.D., FPCP, FPCC
President, 11th Congress of the APSAVD

General Information

Congress Name The 11th Congress of the Asian-Pacific Society of Atherosclerosis and Vascular Diseases (11th APSAVD Congress)
Theme Addressing regional diversity in atherosclerosis and vascular disease in the Asia-Pacific region.
Dates February 27, 28 to March 1, 2018
Venue Iloilo Convention Center, Iloilo City, Philippines


Iloilo City, Philippines

  • Fourth busiest airport
  • It serves direct international flights to/from Hong Kong and Singapore and domestic flights to/from other major cities in the country
  • Strategic location in the central part of the country makes it an excellent alternative international gateway to Manila-NAIA and Mactan-Cebu International Airports

Images courtesy of Living Asia Channel

The Venue

Iloilo Convention Center

The Iloilo convention Center occupies 1.7 hectares and can accommodate over 3,700 guests. It boasts fifteen exterior fins that evoke the beauty of Iloilo’s colorful Paraw sail and glass walls feature abstract designs of the Dinagyang Festival. Further, Iloilo Convention Center makes use of indigenous stones for its façade and interiors.

  • Can accommodate over 3,700 guests
  • Main convention hall at the ground level
  • Eight function rooms at the second level
  • State-of-the-art audio and video equipment
  • Kitchen designed to international standards


Boracay is a small island in the central Philippines. It’s known for its resorts and beaches. Along the west coast, White Beach is backed by palm trees, bars and restaurants. On the east coast, strong winds make Bulabog Beach a hub for water sports. Nearby, the observation deck on Mount Luho offers panoramic views over the island. Offshore, coral reefs and shipwrecks are home to diverse marine life.

Guimaras Island

Guimaras is well known for its agricultural crops, particularly the mangoes, where some +50,000 of these trees are planted. The island province is famous for producing one of the sweetest mangoes in the world, thus earning the nickname “Mango Capital of the Philippines” from local and foreign tourists.

Images courtesy of Living Asia Channel

Nearby Hotels

Richmonde Hotel

  • Across Convention Center – 1 minute walk
  • Deluxe Room
    Php4,050 – Php4,500 per night
  • One-bedroom suite
    Php7,650 – Php8,100 per night

Seda Atria Hotel

Hotel Del Rio

  • 9 minute drive or 37 minute walk
  • Standard room, Superior room, Deluxe room, Family room and Junior suite available
    Php2,254 – Php5,574 per night

Injap Tower Hotel

  • 8 minute drive or 22 minute walk
  • Single room, Double room and Triple room available.
    Starting Php1,921 per night and up


8:15AM Opening Ceremony
9:00AM Plenary 1
10:00AM Coffee Break. Visit Exhibit.
10:30AM Symp 1, Symp 2, Poster 1
12:00NN Luncheon Symp 1, Luncheon Symp 2, Luncheon Symp 3
1:30PM Plenary 2
2:30PM Plenary 3
3:30PM Coffee Break. Visit Exhibit.
4:00PM Symp 3, Symp 4, Poster 1
6:00PM Evening Symposium

8:15AM Plenary 4
9:00AM Plenary 5
10:00AM Coffee Break. Visit Exhibit.
10:30AM Symp 5, Symp 6, Poster 2
12:00NN Luncheon Symp 4, Luncheon Symp 5, Luncheon Symp 6
1:30PM APSAVD Annual General Meeting
2:30PM Plenary 6
3:30PM Coffee Break. Visit Exhibit.
4:00PM Symp 7, Symp 8, Poster 2
6:00PM Congress Socials

8:15AM Plenary 7
9:00AM Plenary 8
Young Investors Presentation
10:00AM Coffee Break. Visit Exhibit.
10:30AM Symp 9, Symp 10, Poster 3
12:00NN Luncheon Symp 7, Luncheon Symp 8, Luncheon Symp 9
1:30PM Symp 11, Symp 12, Poster 3
3:00PM Coffee Break. Visit Exhibit.
3:30PM Closing Ceremony. Awards.

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