MANILA, Philippines-On July 15, 22, and 29, over eighty members of the women’s group Kababaihan ng Maynila, along with a few other interested individuals, attended an introductory course on traditional Hilot. The seminar-workshop was made possible through the collaboration between Mrs. Beng Atienza, executive director and founder of Kababaihan ng Maynila; Maharlikang Bahay-Inaralan ng Sining at Agham ng Hilot (MABISAH); and the Association of Traditional Health Aid Givers Philippines, Inc. (ATHAG).
During the three-day appreciation course, the participants learned about the basic principles of traditional Hilot healing. The members of Kababaihan ng Maynila participated enthusiastically in the discussions and hands-on Hilot sessions. They expressed their heartfelt appreciation for the Hilot techniques that they learned from the short program, which they were already able to practice on family and friends.