QUEZON CITY, Philippines- “In remote areas and provinces, people commonly turn to the Albularyo when they are sick or have body aches that they cannot explain. But does their kind of healing still have a place in the time of modern science?” This was the question posed by TV host Anthony Taberna to his viewers … Continue reading ‘Tapatan ni Tunying,’ takes a closer look at traditional Hilot healing
QUEZON CITY, Philippines- A short segment about Hilot, bentosa, and banyos was shown on GMA-7‘s morning show, Unang Hirit last January 28, 2015. The segment, hosted by Ms. Lyn Ching-Pascual, tackled tips on how to prevent common ailments that people come down with during cold weather. The allotted time was too short to go into … Continue reading ‘Hilot’, ‘bentosa’, and ‘banyos’ shown on GMA-7’s ‘Unang Hirit’
BAMBAN, Tarlac- The manghihilot and staff of ATHAG, led by their president and resident albularyo Dr. Bibiano “Boy” Fajardo, joined the United Healers League of the Philippines, Inc. (UHLPI) during its Healing Festival 2014 held at the Rofil Compound on August 2, 2014. The Healing Festival was initiated by the UHLPI’s Council for Kuranderos, with … Continue reading ATHAG offers traditional Hilot healing at UHLPI Healing Festival 2014
VALENZUELA CITY, Philippines- Richard Aguila,* an HR professional in his mid-twenties, looks at his asthma medications and tosses them in the garbage bin—he does not need them anymore, because he is already free from asthma. Just a few months before, it was inconceivable for Richard to imagine himself ever being without his asthma meds. When … Continue reading Hilot: Effective natural treatment for Asthma
QUEZON CITY, Philippines- A big step toward the official recognition of Hilot practitioners took place on May 28, 2014, with the first public hearing for the National Competency Standards for Hilot held at the Conference Room of the Philippine Institute for Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC). The Association of Traditional Health Aid Givers Philippines, … Continue reading ATHAG takes part in the 1st Public Hearing of the National Competency Standards for Hilot
BALAYAN, Batangas- Hilot was one of the traditional practices highlighted during the visit of Ateneo de Manila University’s Cultural Laboratory to this town on April 30, 2014. Thirteen students, uniformly clad in blue shirts, gathered together to listen and take notes as longtime manghihilot and albularyo Dr. Bibiano “Boy” Fajardo explained the ancient Hilot healing … Continue reading Ateneo Cultural Laboratory 2014 highlights Hilot as an important part of Batangas culture
PASIG CITY, Philippines- With the resurgence of interest in natural ways of healing, a wide variety of herbal teas, capsules, and powders are being aggressively marketed to the public. Garden centers, for their part, are faced with an increasing demand for medicinal plants. Some health-conscious consumers are quick to jump in on the bandwagon, immediately … Continue reading Is herbal medicine effective?
Upon feeling the first few drops of rain, we automatically scramble for cover. But more than just getting wet, it is the fear of getting sick with colds and fever that sends us scampering for the safety offered by the nearest building, shed, or open umbrella. But then, as we watch the raindrops fall, we realize … Continue reading Can I really get sick from the rain?
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 … Continue reading Hilot: The Science of the Ancient Filipino Healing Arts