August is a “lean month” for the Ilonggos. They call it tigkiriwi, derived from a Hiligaynon adjective kiwi which means “asymmetrical” or “not balanced.” (It is a cognate of the Cebuano word hiwi which means the same.) Old folks also called tigkiriwi “tiempos muertos” (Spanish for ‘dying times’) in times in Iloilo. Socio-culturally, the harvest …
Hilot Academy of Binabaylan offers training program that mostly deal with the Spirits. But why we are offering this when Hilot tends to care for the Body of an ailing patients?
Well our ancestors believed that a Body without a Spirit is dead, and taking care of the Spirit of Life in human will provide them optimum health and wellness. We believe that Life comes from the Spirit and the integration of the Spirit to the Human body makes them live.
Human is a complete being that is composed of the Physical Body, Emotional Body, Intellectual/Mental Body, Social and Spiritual Body. These aspects of Man pertains to the 5 Elemental Components or Ingredients that made mankind. Balancing the Elements by caring for the Spirit within Human will provide them the fullness of Life. In Hilot, we are not just dealing with the individual spirit of the person but also we deal with nature as they could affect the condition of the spirit of life of a person.
This is why we offer Non Contact Hilot: Mind and Spirit working Course that offers certification to an individual to become a Magtatawas/ Pangatauhan/ Pangutanahan and Magaanito. All those terms or title are one certification that an Individual could use when they have completed this course. It is one qualification of a Babaylan out of 7 in accordance to the studies of Luntiang Aghama Natural Divine Arts Shrine of Healing Inc. In this certification program, Hilot Academy of Binabaylan will certify an Individual and grant them a title of Magtatawas/ Pangutanahan/Pangatauhan or Magaanito.
This title are used by a person who does ritual divination or spiritual diagnosis.
This title is derived from the Visayan word Pangutana which means to ask questions. Thus the role of the Pangutanahan is to answer questions of the people who are ill.
This is a traditional Title or name of the Tagalog Diviner. This is much appropriate term to use rather than to Manghuhula which can be translated as Guesser or the one who makes a Guess.
Magaanito or Panganituhan is more traditional term for magtatawas who conducts divinatory ritual or spirit diagnosis. They aim to communicate with the Spirits either of Human, Ancestral, Nature or Divine Spirit. Maganito means to conduct ritual.
In Tagalog Language- there are no translation for the word Ritual, but the term Anituhan which is working with the spirits can be used instead of the tagalized word “ritwal” for the english word RITUAL.
Got a long day as we start our day yesterday by 5:00 AM. We went out to meet an important person which I could not name yet in any of our platform. But this person is going to make a big impact to all Hilot practitioners around the world, and I am there to assist in creating this impact to happen that will bring benefit not only to us as members and graduates of Hilot Academy of Binabaylan but also to other Filipino Indigenous Healers.
In this table, Four person was seated. It includes me, Lakay, Ms Nora and the other one that I will not name yet. This person have seen me years ago on a Global Summit of Filipinos in Diaspora that was held at Philippine International Convention Center, Manila on September 27-29, 2011. On that event I was invited to stand up about Hilot. Most of them were Filipino Americans and coming from other countries and have migrated there. What I did not realize is that there are government officials who are also watching me when I speak in front of them. And one of those Government official is the one who have searched for me to help her create a legacy for all Manghihilot not only in our country but also around the world.
The goal of meeting up with this very important person is to secure the role of Manghihilot in the Healthcare Delivery System as well as to make Hilot a profitable source of income to the practitioner that it may encourage its continuity of practice as part of the preservation and promotion of this Ancient Filipino Healing Arts and Science. It also aim to upgrade the status of Manghihilot by creating a system that will level up their practice from being a Manghihilot into a Doctorate Degree in Traditional Filipino Medicine. Like other form of Traditional Medicine such as in Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Homeopathy and Naturopathy that has a path that will lead its practitioner into a Doctorate Level.
The process of this development is very critical, as it will highlight all the healing practices of our ethno-linguistic brothers and sister from different part of the country. Standardization of the practice of Hilot maybe impossible, as each individual practitioners of Hilot from the different part of our country is unique, but as part of it’s development we could find a common ground where we can set a standard of practice.
Hilot for Relaxation
I remember that there are argument whether the TESDA Hilot Wellness Massage NC2 Holder must be part of Licensed Massage Therapist practitioners in the Philippines as the graduates of Tesda are showing of a competency skills that is subject for the Massage Therapist Certification and Registration. Though for Hilot Academy of Binabaylan, we have set the difference by showing that Hilot is not a massage as it is intended for healing and treatment of certain condition.
The person that we have talked yesterday brought out her idea to us, giving us situation that when a tourist come to the Philippines and will look for a Relaxation treatment what we should provide? Though the best answer for that is what the Spa Industry in the Philippines is providing. Our country could provide spa treatment such as Swedish Massage to a tourist. And from there, She point out that what we provide is not a Filipino modality but a foreign one which most of us are proficient with.
Though on my stand point, as she also have mentioned, when you have body pain such as stiff neck, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, lower back pain, sprain and such other condition, you will not go to a Spa. And we said and I emphasized that Yes! Because that is what a Manghihilot does.
In my mind, I am seeing a different center where a Manghihilot SHOULD work. It’s either a Manghihilot should work in a Hospital Setting under the Traditional and Alternative Medicine Department of the Hospital or in a Hilot Healing Treatment Center which we are going to work out.
But addressing the issue of what we could provide a tourist who comes in our country have a relaxation, is what we are working out right now. From this point, Hilot can be developed and create a standard will shine out our identity to the world and taking our own Pride as Filipino.
With this, if you have a Hilot Organization or you are teaching Hilot either on TESDA, DOH or DSWD, whether you are in the Philippines or living outside the country, I am asking you to get in touch with meby sending me an email at email@example.com
I want you to be part of this project and together let us build a better future for all of Manghihilot.
Good news to everyone!
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As you all know that Hilot Academy of Binabaylan is an Educational Ministry of Luntiang Aghama Natural Divine Arts Shrine of Healing Inc.. in short it is our Seminary where we share our knowledge on Filipino Indigenous Spirituality that involves also the practice of Health Care. In Filipino Magick, we cover the discussion about the Diwata, Anito, and Engkanto while we also directly teach our currently enrolled students at Hilot Academy about the souls of men as well as about the Non Human Spirits that may affect our daily lives. In Filipino Magick at BuyMeACoffee.Com, we also discuss about Psychism, Witchcraft and other paranormal stuff which people ask from us as a result of our YouTube and TikTok Content.
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Our Monthly Membership is only USD 5.00 but you have an option to pay for the whole year for only USD 50.00.
And as a supporting member you have the benefits of the following:
- Receive notification of Exclusive for Members post through Email.
- An email invitation for our Bi Monthly (New Moon and Full Moon) Online Rituals via Google Meet.
- Free 60 minutes Tawas Spiritual Diagnosis and Divination session with Apu Adman.
- 20% Discount to all of Hilot Academy Courses. (New Courses will be available Soon!)
- Receive an Honorary Title of Gat as an Entry Level Memebership to the Templong Anituhan ng Luntiang Aghama with Digital Certificate
Soon to Offer
As of this moment since we are still on a Pandemic, Hilot Academy of Binabaylan only offers the Online Pangatauhan/Pangutanahan/Magaanito/Magtatawas Certification through Non Contact Hilot: Mind and Spirit Training Course. In this training program, our students will be able to conduct Tawas Diagnostic, Spirit Communication and perform basic rituals. These skills are just few qualifications in order to become a Hilot Binabaylan. In these training program, we have explained why we call our selves as Hilot Binabaylan and not directly as Babaylan. When you enroll in this program you will learn our reasons why. So better get in to the class and be certified as Magtatawas/Magaanito/Pangutanahan or Pangatauhan.
The Manggagamot Training Course is now in its process of development. Though this Training course requires an in person appearance compared to the Non Contact Hilot: Mind and Spirit Training Course which you can take it online. In this training program, we will explore the different healing practices that will help the person to recover from physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual illness. This training program will require a longer period of training and actual hands on application before you become certified.
And the Last Training Program in order for you to complete the Qualifications of becoming a Hilot Binabaylan is the Albularyo Certification Course which will help you identify plant medicine and its uses and also application.
We will also offer here soon the following:
- Aghamic Divinity and Ministry Course (An initiatory course for the priesthood of the Shrine of Luntiang Aghama)
- Sibulan Adala Tala Mystic Oracle Initiation Course (Now accepting Enrollee)
- Binabaylan Tala (A Mastery Course in Filipino Indigenous Spirituality and Working with the Ancestors)
- Psychic Awareness and Skill Development Training Course
It was on February 20, 2020 when my life turns a new. It was the time that I was hospitalized due to over fatigue. Yes! even a healer is subjected to illness specially if you don’t do what you teach. I am a Manghihilot as well as a healer. During that time, i was taking client as well as do teaching. To some of you may think it’s easy. But handling things are never easy specially when you put all your energies to the things that you do. That day is the day when the Universe have talked to me. The day when I think a lot and pray that I could make a decision if i should stop teaching or healing people.
When my Mother Died, I already have said that I will stop everything. But the spirit of my mother have come to me and encourage me to continue helping people either through healing or teaching. She reminded me that these are the one that I have asked the universe during the time that I lay down alone in the forest ground and see the moon and the stars to talk to me. This is the answer when I asked the Universe on How should I live my life and earn a living. The Universe have confirmed my skills in Healing. And they added up a new skills in sharing my wisdom to the people that I may duplicate or even multiply my self in healing people through teaching.
Hilot Academy of Binabaylan was established so that I may share my knowledge to the willing people to learn the ways on how i administer Hilot to the People.
It was Jose Miguel who is a Spanish National and Watanabe Yuko who is a Japanese National that were the Pioneering Students of Hilot Academy of Binabaylan which they took the course when we are still in Makati City. We did the Traditional Training Method of Face-to-Face interaction where they will Read, Listen, Watch, Observe and Perform. Though we do not have written exams during training except for return demonstration of the skills that they have learned through our Guidance. It is more likely mentoring style instead of Teaching where the students of Hilot can develop their own techniques rather than following steps by steps procedure.
From Makati City we go to Quezon City at Kings Point Subdivision to continue our work and also serve our Outreach Ministry. And from there we held a scholarship program which we teach a group of people to have their own livelihood as well as to serve their community as a Hilot. And individually we have received also students coming from different part of the world such as in Austria, Chile and US. Indeed, I love to share my knowledge to everyone as well as for everybody to experience what I do. Since Hilot is not just a Physical Touch but it is a Holistic approach in Healing.
I do not want to call my self (personally) as Teacher of Hilot. But what I do is just share what I know and let people experience How it is to be touched by Hilot. And through the Touch we provide, let Hilot work everything out to experience the Healing Wonder of this amazing modality that been passed unto us by our Ancestors.
From Kings Point Subdivision we moved to my hometown in Bulacan. Maintaining a huge house maybe is not my forte as it requires big amount of money to sustain it. I am feeling the burden not only in terms of Finances but also the daily activity of the Academy to make it work. During the time when people come in to learn, It is always my out most concern to make them comfortable in Learning. We prepare accommodation for them as well as plan for the food they will eat. Because most of the Time, learning Hilot is not just an academic theory to memorize the procedures and techniques but it is more on the experience where the student should learn. And if they are going to learn Hilot from experience so they must have a wonderful experience of it in order to learn.
As we move in to Bulacan, new challenges have brought in to me which i should care for. Our place is located nearby the street where the noise of passing vehicles can be heard. Then within the vicinity, we have an animal companion such as chicken, dogs and cats. We do not have cooking tools in our place that during Lunch Time we went down to my Father’s House to take our lunch. But surprisingly, we have graduates who endure the situation that we have in Bulacan. The nice thing when you learn Hilot in Bulacan is that you will feel that you become part of our Family. That is why I am very thankful to Kai, Vicenzo and Doc Cathy that they took their class here in San Jose Del Monte City and learned how we live our life here as well as they learn Hilot.
It was Doc Cathy who is a Chiropractor from California who is the first and last international student who has seen and talk with my Mom. And Kai Mascarenas was the very first student who pay respect to my Mother’s grave when she become student of the Academy. It was an amazing experience also with me that these people allow themselves to be with us and even for a short while they became a family to me. After Kai of Washington DC, it was Vicenzo of Italy arrived then the French Couple Gerone and Jeremy. I know it became a challenging experience to them as they experience to sleep on a Banig on the floor. But having Kai, Gerone and Jeremy becomes a challenge to me as well as they were Vegans. So from them, I learn how to prepare vegan food which is meatless and animal product free.
After sharing my knowledge of Hilot to the French Couple Jeremy and Gerone, a good friend offer her place in Dona Petrona Subdivision, Fairview, Quezon City to be our new venue of training. There we have welcomed Julz and Jamee, Dina and Maria, so as the Spanish Therapist Noel and Laura. It was early 2020 when they arrived and at the same Time Taal Volcano have exploded. I thought they were not be able to make it, but the Universe made a way for them to complete their mission. Learning and Living in the same house seems to freeze time even that their scheduled stay with us is only for a short while. The only break time we had is during sleep and toilet break. During the awake period is like a learning opportunity where everyone could ask and answer about their thoughts. Of course we have a scheduled lessons to follow, but the flow of thoughts that everyone has is unlimited and hard to control. Those short days are not enough to learn, even the learning program that we have prepared is just a few compared to the entire mysteries of Hilot that our ancestors have shared and pass unto us.
Hilot Academy of Binabaylan, whether we have a stable place of not becomes a window of the past to our present. And as a Practitioner of this Ancestral Healing Arts and Science we become a bridge maker who will let the people from this present generation experience the past that they may bring along this wonderful experience to the future.
And now the Pandemic of Corona Virus is here with us and may stay for long, sharing this ancestral knowledge of healing does not stop us. It allows us to share this amazing healing modality and breaks the limitation of time and space through virtual online learning. As of this moment, the Academy provides the Non Contact Hilot: Mind and Spirit working Class which will provide you a certification as Magaanito/Pangatauhan/Pangutanahan or Magtatawas; and soon we will be providing the Manggagamot Course and the Albularyo Course Online.
We are just completing our learning materials for the Manggagamot and Albularyo course. And once it is complete I will make it known here so that you may start learning and become a Hilot Binabaylan.
On June 5, 2021- we have received an email proposal from UP Repertory Company to become a Co Presenter of a Virtual Stage Play that they are doing with the theme:
Atras-Abante: Pasakalye sa loob at labas ng Sakit at LunasMoving Backward- Forward: An introduction to inner and outer illness and cure
I am not sure if i translated their theme correctly, but when the first time i received their proposal on being a co presenter, the title of their Virtual Stage Play which will aired via Facebook Live streaming on their Group Page is called Albularyo, but as i talk to them through Phone Call and give them my opinion about the status of Filipino Traditional Healers, they have changed the title into Hilot.
And Today Officially, we received the copy of our Memorandum of Agreement as Co Presenter of their Virtual Stage Play called Hilot. And with that, I am encouraging you to participate in this online event that will happen via Facebook Live on July 31, 2021.
With this, I am asking for your monetary donation to encourage our Artist who are going to perform on the said stage play. Any amount will do and all of your donation will go directly to the performers and actors of The UP Repertory Company.
By the Way, did I not mention that our Actors and Performers are currently enrolled college students of UP Diliman who volunteered to do this stage play to spread awareness of our Philippine Traditional Healing Arts? So with this, I plead to everyone to encourage these young people to do great by giving them support through your generous donation.
More details will be posted soon!
By the Way, if you want to make donation for our Stage Play actors you can make it here.
Support our Stage Play Actors and Performers of Hilot: A Virtual Stage Play
Let us encourage our Stage Play actors and performers who are currently enrolled as Student of University of the Philippines Diliaman to showcase their skills and talents as it also support us in our advocacy in Promoting Hilot as Philippine Traditional Medicine.
12 Years ago, i made a video compilation of the tawas that I made and uploaded it to Youtube. At that time, this is how we understand the work of an albularyo.
During those time, the knowledge that i have was shrouded with mysteries as i perform the task through faith through the use of orasyon. But as time goes through our persistent dedication to master our craft, we found science beyond the mysteries that enveloped the practice of this craft as folk medicine of the Filipino People. Through continues studies and research with perseverance, we found that the work of Magtatawas and Albularyo are different from one another but they are on the same umbrella of Filipino Healing Arts and Science which is known as Hilot.
Modern people may think of Hilot as a form of Filipino Massage using touch manipulative techniques that is indigenous to the Filipino. But Massage around the world has same quality of touching the skin and giving pressure to affect cure. The massage of indigenous Filipino requires application of oil to the body surface before performing massage thus the Massage techinique of the Filipino is called as Pahid. And Hilot is much more than massage because it aims to affect cure. And the illness that hilot aims to cure is not limited on the Physical Illness of Man but it also extend to the emotional, mental, social and spiritual aspect of man. Thus this Healer is called as Manggagamot. While the Albularyo is the one who literally creates the medicine. The medicine that comes from nature. They are the traditional pharmacist who concoct medicine to affect cure to the person who is ill. And the medicine that an albularyo formulate thus not limit on taking it internally but it also have external application.
Early this morning as i open up my pc, i received an Email from UP Repertory Company asking for Partnership in promoting their upcoming event which is a Virtual Stage Play that will highlight the life of Traditional healer in the Philippines throughout time.
Their perfomance will happen on July 17, 2021 and the play is written byAldrich Gerald Gatbunton and Winona Eunice Alindongan. You can view their virtual presentation on their Facebook Page which is at UP Repertory Company. More details will be posted soon!
We are already on the 6th month of the Year 2021 at the time of Covid Pandemic Era and are surviving. The new normal have already changed our system specially on delivering the Training Methods we use to initiate new Hilot Binabaylan this modern times. We started implementing this new system of learning Last June 2020 as an experimental method of training and gratefully we succeed!
The Hilot Online Training program have made successful training of 4 batches that graduated last 13th of February 2021 and they are Lukayo Estrella, Bernice Dela Cruz, Michaela Sanders and Christine Lipat. And now this 6th of June 2021, the second batches of candidates for Graduation will take their oath as we conduct a ritual ceremony and they are Janalyne Umipig, Lawrence Pau, Akua Maat, Jenifer Ebilane and Jen Maramba.
As we will give them their charge, we are also welcoming potential new Hilot Binabaylan that will take the role as Pangutanahan/ Paganituhan/ Pangatauhan or Magtatawas. This is the certification that we are providing for the students who took the Non Contact Hilot: Mind and Spirit Working Course.
Usually, the Magtatawas Training is part of our Hilot ng Aghamang Binabaylan Training Course which can be taken only in person as it requires face-to-face apprenticeship and immersion to the life of Hilot Binabaylan. Due to Pandemic and travel ban, we have designed a new method of training that does not require traveling and in person face-to-face contact which is the Non Contact Hilot: Mind and Spirit working.
During this period of Pandemic, Hilot Academy of Binabaylan redesign our Training Delivery Method and bring it into a virtual platform which is the Google Classroom. Special thanks to our Mother which is the Shrine of Luntiang Aghama for arranging us a system where we could continue to share the ancestral knowledge of Healing Arts and Science online.
The Online Training Platform is a Big Leap for Hilot Academy as well as to the Philippine Traditional and Indigenous Healing System. As Folk and Traditional Medicine was called to be unscientific but now through studies and use of technology, we are bringing science in order for us to advance the Status of Hilot that can complement and integrate into the modern healthcare delivery system.
As of this moment (June 2021) the available course in an online platform format is the Non Contact Hilot: Mind and Spirit Working Class, and soon we will add the Manggagamot Course which consist of Body Work Techniques and Manipulation and the Albularyo Course or Hilot sa Halaman (Herbalism) Course.
Each of the Training program will certify an Individual according to the course you have taken. But your certification will only provide you a title according to the course you have taken. For example, you have taken the Magtatawas Training Course or Non Contact Hilot: Mind and Spirit Working, the Title that you will achieve here is the Magtatawas or Panganituhan/Pangutanahan/ Pangatauhan ng Hilot Binabaylan. That means you are not yet on the level of Hilot Binabaylan Title as you only acquire the Magtatawas Skills. In order to obtain the Title of Hilot Binabaylan, you must have taken the Magtatawas, Manggagamot and the Albularyo Skills which we certify separately or you may take it whole by taking our face-to-face, in person live in apprenticeship program which is the Hilot ng Aghamang Binabaylan.
On June 7, 2021- we will be opening again our Google Classroom for a new class on Non Contact Hilot: Mind and Spirit Working. People now can enroll with us by clicking on the link and fill up our registration form.
This class has 3 Learning Units that will introduce you to Hilot as Philippine Traditional Medicine. Hilot as a whole is a complete healing system employed by our Filipino ancestors for diagnostic, preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative healthcare. In Hilot Academy of Binabaylan, we divide the role of Manghihilot into 3 function: the first is Diagnostic or Magtatawas/ Magaanito which the Non Contact Hilot: Mind and Spirit Working class provides certification on this skill level; the next is Manggagamot and lastly is the albularyo course. As an individual accomplished acquiring all these skill level, Hilot Academy of Binabaylan grant the person a title of Hilot Binabaylan.
Since we are all in a Pandemic Situation social distancing and travel ban has been implemented, we could not provide the Hilot Binabaylan Training Course for the students to take as it requires personal contact/ Face-to-face learning interaction and one-on-one apprenticeship/mentoring in order for the individual to be properly initiated. Our last initiate for the Hilot ng Aghamang Binabaylan Training Course is Angelica “Kai” Bautista of Glendale, California who took the full course on February 2020 and she almost stuck up in the Philippines because General Quarantine has been immediately implemented on March of 2020. We are thankful to the Philippine Department of Tourism who helped Kai to be sent home safely in the US.
But now thanks to modern technology, our Traditional Healing Arts and Science was able to cope up with the changing times by making its teaching available online. To know more about our course offering on Non Contac Hilot: Mind and Spirit Working Class you may click the link below for more details.