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.