Pasig City- The Association of Traditional Health Aid Givers, Inc. (ATHAG) held Hilot missions during the last quarter of this year to further its advocacy of promoting Filipino traditional Hilot as an effective and low-cost option for primary health care. From October to December, more Pinoys rediscovered the healing benefits of Hilot as Dr. Bibiano “Boy” Fajardo, the Hilot therapists of ATHAG, and members/trainees of ATHAG Pasay provided free Hilot treatment sessions in three different venues in NCR.
The first in the series of Hilot missions conducted by ATHAG was held on October 19, 2013 at Brgy. 183, Villamor Airbase, Pasay City. Some 87 people flocked to the house of Joey Rebagay, who invited ATHAG to share traditional Hilot healing to the folks not only in his barangay, but also from adjoining communities.
On the following month, ATHAG opened its doors for two consecutive Saturdays during the second Hilot mission. The weekend activity, held on Nov. 16 and 23, was initiated by Ma. Aleli V. Pansacola, Chairman of ATHAG and President of Daila Herbal Community Enterprises. Meanwhile, the third Hilot mission was held at Christ the King Mission Seminary in Quezon City. This was realized through the invitation of Nene Bartolome, herself a longtime Hilot enthusiast an active volunteer at the seminary.
People who attended the activity were happy to have experienced for themselves the relief provided by
authentic traditional Hilot. Most of the adults who went to the Hilot missions were suffering from back pains (upper and low back), chronic illnesses such arthritis and high blood pressure, and complaints such as joint pains and difficulty walking. Meanwhile, the children (from 9 months to 13 years old) who were brought by their parents to the Hilot missions mostly had problems in the bronchial area.
In addition to the free Hilot treatment sessions performed by the ATHAG Hilot therapists, Dr. Fajardo also recommended traditional herbs that would help restore the patients’ health.