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 -For the second year in a row, the Association of Traditional Health Aid Givers, Inc. (ATHAG) joined the observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month at The Medical City. The event was held on October 5, 2013 at the Conference Room of the The Medical City's Podium Bldg. Thirty survivors of breast cancer experienced the … Continue reading Survivors of breast cancer experience the healing touch of Hilot at The Medical City
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
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. … Continue reading Is Hilot just a type of massage?