Dr. Bibiano Fajardo explains the Hilot areas on the back to the new members of ATHAG.

New ATHAG chapter formed in Pasay City

Pasay City, Philippines- Sixteen individuals united by a common interest in traditional Hilot and natural ways of healing banded together to form a new chapter of the Association of Traditional Health Aid Givers, Inc. (ATHAG) based in Libertad, Pasay City. The new ATHAG chapter was borne out of the initiative of Alex B. Candaza and…

Is Hilot just a type of massage?

People who are not familiar with Hilot often think that Hilot is just another type of massage. After all, that is basically what Hilot looks like. On the surface, the manghihilot manipulates muscles–very similar, it seems, to what they do at the spa. However, people who have grown up with, or have encountered authentic Hilot, know that this is not the case.…

Dr. Bibiano Fajardo performs Hilot diagnosis on a child.

What is Hilot?

Though it is an integral part of Philippine culture, the mention of Hilot evokes different reactions, depending on the person’s background and experience. There are people who swear by the healing benefits of Hilot, while others view Hilot  with skepticism. Still others view Hilot as just another way to relax at the spa. But what is Hilot, really? Dr. Bibiano Fajardo,…