Can I really get sick from the rain?

Can I really get sick from the rain?

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…

Hilot: The Science of the Ancient Filipino Healing Arts

Hilot: The Science of the Ancient Filipino Healing Arts

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…