Hilot: The Science of the Ancient Filipino Healing Arts

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Hilot is scientific.

This would undoubtedly come as quite a surprise to many Filipinos, who have long associated Hilot with wizened albularyos and manghihilots (traditional healers) who explain physical maladies in terms of kulam (curses) and enkanto (elementals), and who diagnose ailments through equally mysterious means—with leaves or twigs, candles, and mystical incantations known as oracion.

Dr. Bibiano “Boy” Fajardo, who has been practicing Hilot for over 40 years, has made it his life mission to dispel misconceptions about Hilot.  As a full-fledged albularyo and manghihilot who learned from many of the best practitioners of Philippine traditional healing all over the country, Dr. Fajardo has a very comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of Hilot. His scientific background (he graduated with a degree in B.S. Chemical Engineering) enabled him to observe and understand the basic scientific principles at work in this traditional Philippine way of healing, and come up with a scientific framework of Hilot.

The knowledge that Dr. Fajardo has acquired in his over four decades of experience with Hilot as a traditional healing system is encapsulated in his book, Hilot: The Science of the Ancient Filipino Healing Arts, which he authored with Ma. Aleli V. Pansacola. Through this pioneering work, Dr. Fajardo hopes to open the eyes of the Filipino people to the fact that the “humble” traditional Filipino Hilot is rooted in science—it is not just quackery.

In Hilot: The Science of the Ancient Filipino Healing Arts, Dr. Fajardo relates the history of Hilot, the role of Mount Banahaw as the seat of Filipino traditional healing, and the philosophy and concepts behind Hilot. He also discusses the scientific framework of Hilot, its healing methodology, common causes of illnesses, and applications of Hilot and herbal treatment. Also discussed in-depth in the book is the story of Dr. Boy Fajardo’s path to healing, and his current advocacy to promote Hilot.

If you would like to learn more about Hilot, please refer to Dr. Bibiano Fajardo’s book, published by Anvil Publishing, Inc. and available at National Bookstore.  



5 thoughts on “Hilot: The Science of the Ancient Filipino Healing Arts

  1. It is quite overwehlming to know what you have achieved in this “Bereich”… eine Meisterleistung!” DDT

    1. Thank you for your kind comments and interest in Hilot. We are happy to know that more people are supporting our advocacy to promote this traditional healing art of the Philippines.

      As of now, our site is fairly new and still under development, so there’s not much to see yet, but please do come back often (or better yet, follow us!). We will be regularly sharing information and experiences on Hilot, as well as our activities.

      Vielen Dank!

  2. It would be great if there is a way for me to order your book(s) by mail. I also look forward to the new ATHAG website which I often visited in its earlier format. Viel Glueck nochmals und alles Gute!

    1. Thank you for your interest in having a copy of the Hilot book. We will explore arrangements on how this can be done, and we will get back to you via e-mail.

      Danke schoen also for your sincere interest in our site! As one of our earliest followers, we appreciate your feedback very much. By the way, if you don’t mind, may we ask why you are interested in Hilot? Have you also experienced it already? Vielen Dank! 🙂

      1. Well, not directly, but I had the rare opportunity to meet Dr Bibiano “Boy” Fajardo in 1979 at the Bulletin Today, where I was briefly engaged as a correspondent under Mr Romy Navarro (Editor, Shipping & Tourism), and had the chance to write an article about him and his “hilot” advocacy. At that time, I called it “stroke” healing!
        What Dr Fajardo has achieved in this sector since then has become quite legendary as his devoted engagement even branched out to also focus on the welfare of many in need, i.e. may it be for employment opportunities (with free ATHAG courses/seminars) or upgrading “traditional hilot” as a healing art recognized by law, or as an accepted therapeutic spa element in the Philippines and abroad!

        Thanks to gifted and yet selfless advocates like him… I never thought at that time that he could whisk this “taken-for-granted” old-age tradition to be what it has become.

        I would be glad to have a second opportunity to congratulate him personally.

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