Hilot: Effective natural treatment for Asthma

Hilot: Effective natural treatment for Asthma

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…

Dr. Francis Ras of PITAHC facilitates the first public hearing for the National Competency Standards for Hilot.

ATHAG takes part in the 1st Public Hearing of the National Competency Standards for Hilot

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,…

Dr. Bibiano Fajardo explains traditional Hilot to students taking part in Ateneo's Cultural Laboratory 2014.

Ateneo Cultural Laboratory 2014 highlights Hilot as an important part of Batangas culture

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…

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…