Bibiano Fajardo, Ph.D. (A.M.)

Bibiano S. Fajardo, Ph.D. (A.M.) is the founding president of the Association of Traditional Health Aid Givers, Inc. (ATHAG). As a practicing albularyo with a degree in Chemical Engineering and 47 years of experience in healing with, and teaching Hilot, he has been actively spearheading the movement for the recognition of Hilot as a scientific, mainstream healing modality. The framework that he developed to demystify Hilot and illustrate how it works is explained in the book, Hilot: The Science of the Ancient Filipino Healing Arts, which he authored with Ma. Aleli Pansacola.

Before going full-time in teaching and promoting Hilot, Dr. Fajardo tirelessly balanced his Hilot advocacy with his earlier career as an entrepreneur-builder. Even as he oversaw business operations, he devoted time to healing, continuous learning, and pushing for the recognition of Hilot. He immersed himself with healers from different parts of the country to learn traditional healing techniques from various regions, and in so doing, he was able to get a good picture of healing practices from across the Philippines.

Dr. Fajardo was one of the founding Board of Trustees of the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC). He assisted in the drafting of Republic Act 8423, or the Traditional and Alternative Medicine Act and its Implementing Rules and Regulations. He was also the Director of the Committee for Alternative Health of the Philippine Institute for Alternative Futures (PIAF), and served as Director of the Buod-Buhay Foundation, which was engaged in research on indigenous approaches to healing.

With the emergence of the spa industry, Dr. Fajardo and ATHAG were tapped by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Technical Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to be part of the group that would come up with a standard Hilot curriculum for the spa. However, ATHAG was the only organization actually practising Hilot; the other members were engaged in massage and other modalities. The resulting curriculum–an amalgamation of inputs from all the members of the panel–reflected this markedly heavy slant toward massage. While it incorporated the Hilot philosophy and principles shared by Dr. Fajardo, the rest of the curriculum basically promoted Hilot as a massage technique.  Dr. Fajardo strongly protested the inclusion of practices inconsistent with the principles of traditional Hilot, resulting in his being a controversial figure when it comes to these issues.

Undeterred, Dr. Fajardo continued his advocacy with ATHAG, teaching traditional Filipino Hilot and herbal treatment to communities using the Hilot curriculum that he developed. He also trained spa therapists on the Hilot Wellness Sequence, a one-hour program designed to identify and correct imbalances in the body following the principles of traditional Hilot. In this respect, Dr. Fajardo worked with the Department of Tourism to train members of spa associations on Hilot, and represented the Philippines in the International Spa Convention in Singapore. He also explored collaborations with organizations in Germany, Japan, and the United States to bring Hilot to these countries.

Dr. Fajardo’s contribution to the preservation and promotion of Hilot has been recognized by the International Association of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP), an organization under the United Nations, which chose him as one of the recipients of the Award for Excellence in Traditional Health in 2008. Dr. Fajardo also received the Board of Chemical Engineering Award for his work in Alternative Medicine.

To this day, Dr. Fajardo is actively engaged in Hilot healing and training, and welcomes opportunities to spread the word about the scientific basis and healing benefits of Hilot to various audiences. He is currently on the faculty of the De La Salle Zobel-Family Life and Wellness Institute (DLZ-FLWI), where Hilot is being offered as a course for medical practitioners and individuals who want to learn this traditional Filipino healing modality, as well as other alternative healing methods.

15 thoughts on “Bibiano Fajardo, Ph.D. (A.M.)

  1. Italics like: Hilot, Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC), ATHAG, De La Salle Zobel-Family Life and Wellness Institute (DLZ-FLWI), etc. would it be nice to add a link or something like reference or footnotes to further enhance the relationship of these group or Agencies to this site?
    The last sentence ” individuals who want learn this traditional Filipino healing”, shouldn’t it be ” individuals who want to learn this traditional Filipino healing” ?
    Nagtatanong lang, Salamat po.

  2. Thank you very much for your comments. We sincerely appreciate your taking the time to go over our entries and pointing out areas for improvement, and we hope you will continue to do so. 😉 As for this piece, the missing “to” is already in. We will also look into into your suggestion about the references/links. 🙂

  3. Sir gud nun po my hika po ang aking dlawang anak isang 7 at 2 po san po nmen kyo pde puntahan para mgpagamot reply po pls taga batangas po kme

  4. Dear Sir Boy and Admin,

    Napanood ko po kayo sa TV in TNT. Madami na po ako napanood about the traditional way of healing, pero pagdating sa pagpapaliwanag, “how it works”, parang may kulang yung sagot nila. Matagal na po ako nahihiwagaan sa Hilot, i believed you provided the answer. I want to learn this art of healing with logic.

    I am here in Saudi and once a year i go for vacation for 30 days. May i know if you can refer some materials i can read, to enhance my knowledge about Hilot. I want to visit you soon when my vacation is due. Thanks.

    Regards,
    Kenneth

    • Hi Kenneth,

      Thank you for your interest in traditional Hilot.

      Right now, the only materials we can recommend are the book Hilot:The Science of the Ancient Filipino Healing Arts by Sir Boy Fajardo and Ms. Aleli Pansacola, as well as this website. 🙂 If you would like to learn Hilot, we offer training programs at our office. Please email us at hilothealing@yahoo.com before your next vacation so we can inform you if we have upcoming trainings.. 🙂

      Thank you!

  5. HI GOOD EVENING PO,
    ANG SA KIN PO SANA EH MAGPAPAHILOT PO AQ KSE MASASAKIT PO KASE ANG KATAWN KO.ANG GUSTO KOMPO SANA I TRY KSE MADAMI N PO MEDICIN NAINOM KO.. COMING MAY 2016 MAG BABAKASYON PO KMI REPLY PO PLS

    • Magandang araw po Fanny,

      Salamat po sa inyong mensahe. Opo pwede po kayo magpahilot sa aming opisina kapag nandito na kayo. Tumawag lamang po kayo at magpa-appointment bago kayo pumunta. Sabihin niyo na din po na magpapa-appointment kayo kay Sir Boy Fajardo para po masuri niya kayo mismo at mapayuhan kung ano ang dapat gawin. Salamat po.

  6. Hello. Good evening..my nephew had an anterior right shoulder joint dislocation on dec’2007.i wud like to know if it can still be healed thru hilot.coz until now pain is on n off. his doc said it can be operated but no guarantee it will totally go away.please need your advise on this.i learned about this when i watched sir boy in 1 TNT episode but i didn’t get your address n contact number. Thank you very much.
    Ana

    • Hi Ana,

      Thank you for your interest in traditional Hilot.

      Sir Boy would need to personally assess your nephew to be able to tell what we can do for you at this time, since it has been quite a long time since the injury happened. Kindly call the office if you would like to set an appointment with Sir Boy. Our numbers and address are on the “contact us” page on this website.

      Thank you!

  7. Gud day po,,1 year na po nasakit ang likod ko,,mibsan namamanhid ung braso ko at paa nanginginig din mga kamay ko pag sumakit ung likod ko nahihirapan ako huminga anu pi kya to

  8. magandang umaga po sir ako pala si gennilyn pagado at gusto ko lang pong iihinge ng payo ang sakit ng aking ama at ina na sina susunita obsella pagado july 18 1952 at joselito oral pagado may 25 1958 ,,, ang aking ina po ay madalas sumasakit ang katawan n ang oras po ay 3pm to 12 am ng hating gabi at aking ama naman po ay madalas n nanakit ang katawan at dibdib pati n di po hirap xa po sa pag hinga.. n akla mo daw po ay nasa ilalim xa ng dagat maraming salamat po at godbless

    • Magandang hapon po Gennilyn,

      Salamat po sa inyong comment.
      Sa Hilot po, kailangan po namin masuri mismo ang tao para po malaman kung ano po ang sanhi ng karamdaman at kung ano po ang gagawin. Kung nasa Metro Manila po kayo, pinakamabuti po kung pupunta po kayo sa aming opisina sa Pasig. Salamat po.

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