- Dr. Nol Montalbo
- Founder and CEO, Mont Albo Massage Hut
- Dr. Nol graduated from UP College of Medicine in 2006. During that time he learned that the finances of the family was down, brought about by various circumstances in their family business. The house were he grew up was sold together with precious memories of the past. There were overlapping debts and paying them was a huge struggle. Instead of pursuing a specialty, he opted to help the family in the soonest possible time. With 3 other siblings where 2 are still studying, there was no other choice but to make the move and support the family. He held on to his faith in God, never letting go.
- Mont Albo Massage Hut is a Filipino-inspired spa specializing in Hilot (Filipino Traditional Massage) and Home Therapy. The first of its kind, it started as a small massage clinic on March 11, 2007 in an old apartment in 6842 Washington St., Makati City. Established by a young doctor from Batangas City, the name Mont Albo was coined from the owner’s surname “Montalbo” which means “white mountain” in Spanish. Being able to experience traditional Filipino healing practices since childhood, he became a firm believer of Hilot and various related forms of therapies. Before this brand became what it is now, just like a diamond, it went through all the pressures and harshness before it shone brightly in the Philippine spa industry.
- In 2007, Dr. Nol rented an old 2-storey apartment at 6842 Washington St., Makati City and converted it to a massage clinic. Mont Albo Organic Massage Services was the original name. There were four massage beds at the first floor and he stayed at the second floor with his 10 Batangueno therapists. Mount Sapo was the original planned name for the business. This is the name of the mountain where soaps were said to have originated. His mom suggested, why not Mont Albo instead of Mount Sapo? It was a laugh between the two in the DTI office as Dr. Nol wrote Mont Albo in the form. He chose massage because of the high demand of affordable home service massage during that time and as a doctor, he knew that he will have the edge. He was the product of Hilot – being delivered by a Kamadrona and being healed by Hilots in the province. He also loves to be massaged and because going to spas was pricey, he could not afford it. Spas were considered a luxury that made him do the impossible – bringing luxurious spa therapies to every Filipino, make it affordable as possible. He studied several massages in various massage institutions, researched, purchased books and attended seminars to equip himself with the knowledge he needs to develop this passion of his. Spa owners were never his mentor. No spa owner was willing to share any info to Dr. Nol. He pushed himself even more by being number 1 in the 2008 Massage Therapist Licensure Exam by the Department of Health.