Recognizing and remembering our Racial Origin

Register now to our upcoming SiAd Tala Mystic Oracle Attunement Workshop on September 20, 2021 by filling up the form.
https://forms.gle/VHoqxcUpaQ4hSvvDA

“The Sibulan Adlaw Tala Mystic Oracle is the Celestial Lights that guides mankind through the Aeon of Time.”

Workshop will be held through Google Meet on October 20, 2021 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Philippine Standard Time. For our International Participants Time will be determined according to your location.

The SiAd Tala script is inspired by “baybayin”.

The word “Si bulan” means “The Moon”

The “Adlaw” is a Visayan term for “Sun” and

The “Tala” is a Tagalog term for “Star”.

Through our SiAd Tala Mystic Oracle Full Moon attunement Ritual we unleashed our Babaylan Energy to Empower ourselves physically and spiritually.

In this workshop the participant will be initiated in using Baybayin Script in accordance to the method of Sibulan Adlaw Tala Way.

At the end of the workshop, each participants are expected to be able to:

*Read and Write the Baybayin Script
*Interpret each symbol of Baybayin in 18 Characters plus.
*Use each symbol to improve one’s life through meditation, charm and so on.
*Use Baybayin Script and characters as an oracle or divinatory tool.
*Write and Read the name of individuals of baybayin to unleash their natural powers and abilities within their name.
*Understand the past, present and future possibilities of an individual that can be found on their name that is written in Baybayin.
*Combine the essential Baybayin Characters into a monogram to be your personal sigil for guidance, charm and protection.

Inclusion:
Workshop Module
Video Presentation (Via Youtube/ Google Drive Private Link)
Certificate of Attunement
Google Meet Participation Link

Registration Fee:
PHP 5000.00
Payment can be made through Paypal.me/alsentaghama
or through email at alsentaghama@gmail.com

License for Albularyo, Hilot and Faith Healers in the Philippines?

An ABS CBN REPORTER have reached out to us last night asking my opinion regarding the possibility of regulating Traditional and Alternative Medicine and its practitioners in our country and I graced him with my opinion early this morning.

I check out his network station website and I found an article written by Katrina Domingo with an Headline that says:

License for albularyos? Senate bills seek regulating traditional, alternative medicine

In her article it mention that there are 2 Philippine Senators that seeks to amend and update the Philippine Traditional Medicine Act of 1997 or Republic Act 8423 and they are Senator Emmanuel D. Pacquiao, Author of Senate Bill 1308 and Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr., Author of Senate Bill 2127.

In the Explanatory Note of Sen. Pacquaio, the SB 1308 aims to create a firmer government regulations in the practice of Traditional and Altenative Medicine by revisiting the Traditional Alternative Medicine Acts of 1997 or in short, the Good Senator want to revised the Republic Act 8423 or Philippine Traditional Alternative Medicine Act of 1997.

In this bill under section 1 of the Definition of Terms, the Good senator has defined Alternative Health Care Modalities as:

“Other forms of non- allopathic, occasionally non-indigenous or imported healing methods, though not necessary practiced for centuries nor handed down from one generation to another. [ Some alternative health care modalities include], WHICH SHALL INCLUDE BUT NOT LIMITED TO,  reflexology, ACUPUNCTURE, MASSAGE, acupressure, chiropractic, nutritional therapy, HILOT, NATUROPATHY, HOMEOPATHY/HOMOTOXICOLOGY, TUINA MASSAGE, OSTEOPATHY, ANTHROPOSOPIC MEDICINE and other similar [methods] MODALITIES.

Senate Bill 1308 Explanatory note of Sen. Manny Pacquiao

In this clause, the Good Senator has categorized Hilot as an Alternative Health Care Modality whereas Hilot is not part of Alternative Medicine but instead it should be defined as our Traditional Medicine in the Philippines.

The Bill must also provide a clear definition between Alternative, Allopathic, Conventional, Complementary, Indigenous, Integrative and Natural Medicine; as all of these terminologies may be different from one another.

And going back to the explanatory note of Sen. Pacquiao that says:

“traditional and alternative health care, as defined in R.A. 8423, is “any knowledge, skill and practice, other than those in the biomedicine, which is used in the prevention, diagnosis and elimination of physical or mental disorder.” As listed in the Philippine Standard Occupational Classification (PSOC), associate professional of traditional and complementary medicines include drugless treatment healer, bonesetter, faith healer, healer of indigenous people (i.e. Mansi-bok, Mansip-ok), herbalist, scraping and cupping therapist, village healer, witch doctor, and acupressure therapist. On the other hand, traditional and complementary medicine professionals include acupuncturist, ayuverdic practitioner, Chinese herbal medicine practitioner, homeopath, hydrotherapist, naturopath and unani practitioner.”

Sen. Manny Pacquaio

Are those Modalities mentioned in the Senator’s explanatory note are the modalities being prescribed to have licensure in accordance to section 2 of this bill in paragraph k? It is said that as listed in the Philippine Standard Occupational Classification, that the associate professional of traditional and complementary medicine includes Faith Healer and Witch Doctor. So will that mean that Faith Healer and Witch Doctors in the Philippines must be a licensed professional before they could perform Faith Healing?

What about the Religious Groups such as the Charismatic Movement who does laying of hands and Faith Healing? What about the Union Espiritista? Jesus Miracle Crusade? Philippine Benevolent Missionary Association? And also Luntiang Aghama Natural Divine Arts Shrine of Healing Inc? Do we need to have a license or permit from Pitahc before we can heal people who come into our shrine?

What about our Constitutional Right that says in Article 3 Section 5 in the Philippine Constitution that says:

“No law shall be made respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference, shall forever be allowed. No religious test shall be required for the exercise of civil or political rights.”

1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines

And the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations has said in Article 18 that says:

“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Now if this is true, why when I wrote an Email to Pitahc, they did not consider my request to have an Audience with the Director General in presenting the Hilot what we are teaching in the Academy that includes the practice of Tawas which is our traditional spiritual diagnostic method. Which their only response is this:

Mahal na Rev. Comon,

Isang mainit napagbati sa ngalan ng  aming Director General, Dr. Annabelle Pabiona De Guzman. Salamat sa inyong ibinahagi tungkol sa ginagawa ninyong katutubong gamutan katulad ng hilot babaylan.

Tungkol naman sa ginagawa ninyong pagsasaliksik sa kaalaman sa pagtatawas, halamang gamot at pagpapahid (masahe) ay aming ipinagbibigay alam na ang pwede gawan ng pananaliksik ay mga halamang gamot at paghihilot. 

Ipagbibigay alam ko sa kinauukulan kung pwede kayo mabigyan ng oras at araw para maipakita ninyo sa amin ang paraan ng inyong pag gagamot.

Salamat po.

Lina Regis,

Standard and Accreditation Division

Though in their response, they do not specifically mention Tawas but only mention that the only allowable to conduct research is about Halamang Gamot and Hilot (pahid).

In PITAHC website which is PITACH.GOV.PH /GLOSSARY-OF-TERMS, they have defined Hilot as this:

HILOT

The Science and art of the ancient Filipino Healing Tradition grounded on the principle of balance of the physical elements, together with the mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the person with the use of manipulation for the prevention of disease and for the restoration and maintenance of health and well-being.  It includes the use of medicinal plants and bulong/orasyon.

Though in the part of defining Traditional Medicine on the same page, they have written:

Traditional Medicine is the Sum Total of the knowledge, skill, and practices based on the theories, beliefs, and experiences indigenous to different cultures, whether explicable or not, used in the maintenance of health as well as in the prevention, diagnosis, improvement or treatment of physical and mental illness.

Here we could see that the Institute has difficulty of defining Hilot as Philippine Traditional Medicine as it only defines it as Filipino Healing Tradition and does not clearly define it as Philippine Traditional Medicine; as the role of Hilot of Treatment of Physical and Mental Illness has been omitted in the Glossary of terms in Hilot, whereas the word Traditional Medicine is applied to the Traditional Oriental Medicine:

Senate Bill 2127 filled by Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr.

Summary to the Explanatory Note

In his explanatory note, the good senator have noticed that many have taken interest into alternative modalities in searching for cure for their ailments as well as there are various universities that offers degree and graduate program that offers traditional and complementary medicine.  In this bill he proposed to update the Traditional Alternative Medicine Act of 1997 to respond to the growing awareness and consumption of alternative care system by empowering the Philippine Institute of Traditional Alternative Health Care.

Through this Bill, we find the same clause that defines Hilot under the category of Alternative Health Care Modalities which can be found on Section 1.d. ; and on paragraph K, they have merge the term Traditional Medicine to Complementary Medicine.  Whereas in paragraph J, it defines complementary medicine as:

– A BROAD SET OF HEALTH CARE PRACTICES THAT ARE NOT PART OF THE COUNTRY’S OWN TRADITIONAL OR CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE AND ARE NOT FULLY INTEGRATED INTO THE DOMINANT HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. IT SHALL BE USED INTERCHANGEABLY WITH THE TERM ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE.

Through this I want to reiterate that:

“HILOT IS THE PHILIPPINE TRADITIONAL MEDICINE. IT IS THE MEDICINE USED BY OUR ANCESTORS PRIOR TO THE ARRIVAL OF THE SPANISH COLONIZER AND INTRODUCTION OF MODERN MEDICINE IN OUR LAND. HILOT CAN NOT BECOME A COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE AS PER DEFINITION OF THIS BILL THAT STATES THAT COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE IS A BROAD SET OF HEALTH CARE PRACTICES THAT ARE NOT PART OF THE COUNTRY’S OWN TRADITIONAL OR CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE!!!”

My argument might be ignored and considered just a terminology. But if we are going to define something through the law it is something very important for the people of our future. We can not teach and apply law that is misleading and not true. So it is important that the law makes will give clear definition of Hilot as our very own Traditional Medicine. It does not come somewhere else. It originates in our Country.

With regards to Section 7 of the proposed Bill it says:

SPECIAL RULES AND EXEMPTIONS. –

RECOGNIZING THE UNIQUE MANNER OF OBTAINING THE  KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS OF TRADITIONAL MEDICINE, IT  BEING HANDED DOWN FROM ONE GENERATION TO ANOTHER WITHOUT THE INFLUENCE OF FORMAL EDUCATION OR TRAINING, PRACTITIONERS BELONGING TO THIS CATEGORY  SHALL BE EXEMPT FROM THE STANDARD EXAMINATION REQUIRED BY THIS ACT.

NONETHELESS, THEY ARE STILL MANDATED TO ACQUIRE THE NECESSARY GRANT OF AUTHORITY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE GUIDELINES TO BE PRESCRIBED BY PITAHC.

 IT SHALL BE NECESSARY FOR TRADITIONAL PRACTITIONERS TO ESTABLISH THE LENGTH OF TIME FOR WHICH THEY HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO HAVE PRACTICED TRADITIONAL MEDICINE AND PROVE THAT, IN THE COURSE OF THEIR PRACTICE, NO RELATED COMPLAINT, WHETHER REPORTED OR NOT, WAS MADE AGAINST THEM.

FURTHER, SHOULD THEY OFFER, WHETHER FORA FEE OR NOT, OR USE AS A MODALITY, HEALTH PRODUCTS, PRACTITIONERS MUST SEEK FOR THE APPROVAL OF THE SAME.

Not all Formal Education are regulated by any government agency, such as Religious Seminary and Institution that teach Spiritual Healing and Laying of Hands to the Sick; There is also an Islamic Medicine which is known also as a Prophetic Medicine; and we as religious institution do practice Spiritual Healing., so as the Union Espiritista and Philippine Benevolent Missionary Association that do Spiritual Healing with the use of Bulong and Orasyon.

For the reference of the mentioned Bill, check below.

September Class is Now accepting Enrollee’s

There are so much more to learn from our Non Contact Hilot: Mind and Spirit Working Class. Aside from 3 Learning Units which composed of 19 Lessons which you could take on your own time, we have also a Weekly Video Conferencing that supplements your learning sessions with us.

So far we have done the following video conferences that could be converted as a Webinar series which an individual could have a Certificate of Attendance:

  • Hilot as Steward of the Earth
  • Spanking as our Ancestors way of Activating Life Force
  • Philippine Indigenous Realms of the Spirit: Understanding the Diwata, Anito and Engkanto
  • Understanding the malevolent spirit in balancing the polarity of nature
  • Hilot Orasyon: The Power of Prayer to Heal
  • Atang: The Healing Effects of Giving
  • Setting up an Altar: A way of attracting positive vibes in your life
  • The Medicine of Amulet, Charms and Talisman
  • Elements in Performing Ritual
  • Caring for the Soul after Death
  • Anangolay: The Retriever of Soul

These are only few of what our Students are enjoying in their class aside from the regular lessons that they are taking in our Google Classroom. And the video below is one of the topics that we have recently discuss on our meeting.

This video is about answering the question if a Human Soul can be replaced with an Animal soul. The full video of our discussion can be accessed at our Subscription Page at Filipino Magick. By the Way, membership to our Buy Me a Coffee Page will allow you to have a 20% discount when you enroll to our program.

Next class will start on September 26, 2021. So better enroll now to be included in our class of September.

Baknaw: Bakun’s Traditional Way of Healing

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A wife of a manbunong (above) along with other Cordilleran’s continuous practice on traditional healing like the bkanaw of Bakun, Benguet is another indication that the culture of the Igorots is indeed very rich. Image Source: http://maxpasion.photoshelter.com/image/I0000mdBWsyytUpM

Some dubbed it as a black magic activity while others labeled it as an anti-Christian belief. However, despite what the others say, the effectiveness of traditional healing was proven more than a thousand times. Its special power of curing made our ancestors survive when psychiatrist, obstetricians, and pediatricians are not yet available. And the baknaw of Bakun, Benguet was no exception to this.

In an undergraduate  study titled “Pansigdan Di Padtu: Understanding Baknaw in Bakun, Benguet” which was conducted by Nadah A. Dada-an, a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Development Communication in Benguet State University, baknaw is defined as a traditional healing practice of Bakun. When a person’s sickness cannot be…

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Tigkiriwi: Why August is a Bad Month for the Ilonggos

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 …

Source: Tigkiriwi: Why August is a Bad Month for the Ilonggos

The Spiritual Aspect of Hilot and why it is inseparable?

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.

Magtatawas

This title are used by a person who does ritual divination or spiritual diagnosis.

Pangutanahan

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.

Pangatauhan

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/Panganituhan

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.

Hilot: A Virtual Stage play by The UP Repertory Company

Sa panahon ng krisis na pangkalusugan, nais mo na bang gumaling nang tuluyan?
Sumama ka na sa isang paglalakbay tungo sa kalayaan.

The UP Repertory Company

DILIMAN, Quezon City – In the month of August 2021, the UP Repertory Company
advances its 48th production season themed “Atras-Abante: Pasakalye sa Loob at
Labas ng Sakit at Lunas’, with the virtual theatre production entitled HILOT, inspired
from traditional healing in the Philippines. It is a compelling fictional and retrospective
narrative, written by Aldrich Gerard Gatbunton and Winona Eunice Alindogan.

Ang kultura ng Pilipinas ay binubuo ng iba’t-ibang elemento, at isa na roon ang natural na panggagamot. Mula sa The UP Repertory Company, inihahandog ang produksyong Hilot. Mula sa inspirasyon ukol sa mga paraan ng panggagamot na ginagamit ang pisikal, kalikasan, damdamin, at isip, nabuo ang isang dulang naglalaman ng mga pansariling tala. Dadalhin ng Hilot ang mga manonood sa mundo na hindi limitado sa nakasanayang paraan ng paglunas ng mga sakit. Sa pamamagitan ng personal na pagkukwento, matutunghayan ang mga sari-saring uri ng manggagamot na nabuhay sa mga pinaka-mapangahas na panahon sa bansa. Mula sa sinaunang panahon, pagpapahirap ng mga kolonisador, at ngayo’y sarili na nating estado, maipapakita na sa halip ng mabuting intensyon na makapaghilom ng kapwa ang mga manggagamot, patuloy silang pinatatahimik upang maisulong ang sariling interes ng mga mula kanluran. Sa produksyong ito, ipaglalaban ang kalayaan at representasyon ng mga manggagamot para sa katutubo, at ang kinagisnang panggagamot at kalusugan sa Pilipinas.

The artistic and production team is composed of The UP Repertory Company’s resident members: Aldrich Gerard Gatbunton (Head Playwright), Winona Eunice Alindogan (Playwright), Pat Maliwat (Dramaturg), Robe Zamora Dagcuta (Creatives Team Head), Therese Laput (Stage Manager), Aimee Ramos (Production Manager), and Hillary Guevara (Company Manager).

The creatives team includes Johnmark Villanueva, Laine Fernandez, Ace Hernandez, Decca Lumanglas, Gian Paulo Suarez, Ronan Cyrone Baay, and André Miguel (Musical Score).

Featuring Ace Hernandez,  Pat Maliwat,  Jaime Monserrat, Leah Curitana, Kendrick Rivera, Kirk Justin Ramos, Johnmark Villanueva, Lupin Princesa, Clara Senga, Isay Embérga Sinfuego, Pauline Vengano, and Michelle Alde.

With the direction of Ron Simon Lomibao. 

Sasamahan mo ba kami sa paglaban para sa katutubo at kinagisnang panggagamot at kalusugan sa Pilipinas?

HILOT will be streamed this coming August 21, 2021 (7 PM) in the Official Facebook Page of the UP Repertory Company. 

For questions and other details, please contact Aimee Ramos at 0956 990 3167.

#HilotOnline

#Hilot2021

#UPREPAtrasAbante

#UPREP48ANTE

#UPRepAbante

Online Classroom Activities

It’s been almost a year already that we provide Online Classes here at Hilot Academy of Binabaylan. So our Traditional Method of transferring knowledge and skills to our student has been halted for the moment due to the Pandemic of Coronavirus, but instead we adopted the technology of Online Learning through Google Classroom. Indeed our Academy has been empowered by Google Enterprise for Non Profit Organization and through them we are enjoying the technologies that we have in sharing the Wisdom of our Ancestors in Healing Arts and Science.

Our Traditional Method requires the student of Hilot to come to the Philippines and stay with us for 9 days. The method of Learning Hilot to the Hilot ng Aghamang Binabaylan Training Program is through apprenticeship method. In this training method we can share all the techniques that we know so that our Hilot Binabaylan can benefit more as they apply what they learn from us in person. We are sharing to our students all of the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviour and make them competent to perform the duties as Magtatawas, Manggagamot and Albularyo.

Due to the Pandemic of Covid19,  we have to freeze temporarily this training program as travel abroad has been limited by most of the governments of the world. But through the availability of Internet, Learning Hilot will not be anymore be limited but we can now enjoy learning Hilot just right at the comfort of our home. This is how the Non Contact Hilot Online Training Program was created last year.

Hilot Online Training

The Non Contact Hilot: Mind and Spirit Working Class provides a certification to the students on becoming a Certified Magtatawas, Magaanito, Pangutanahan or Pangatauhan which is a skill of a Babaylan that communicates with the spirit and determine the condition of the souls of an individual. In this Training Program, Touch manipulation is not being taught but rather we share techniques on how we can affect cure to a person even without placing our hands directly to their body.

This Training Program has 3 Learning Units that are composed of lessons that a student may define hilot, perform hilot diagnostic methods and apply basic healing rituals without physically touching the patient/client. The learning activities that a student will perform are the following

  • Reading Information Sheet
  • Watching Video Presentation
  • Answering Evaluation Test
  • Filming Return Demonstration
  • Participate in Live Video Call Discussion

With that, we are going to employ our resources that Google Technology have provided us, and they are:

  • Google Classroom
  • Google Drive
  • Google Docs
  • Google Meet
  • Google Keep
  • Google Calendar

There are other technologies that Google have provided but for the meantime, we are using what we know how to use.

Training Duration

During the time of the creation of this course, we intend that this training program will last for only 8 days if the student will give 4 hours a day to focus on their training. But most of our students are also working professionals or either also having academic subjects to complete, so we ask them to spare an Hour every weekends for live video call session.

Unit 1 is composed of 8 Lessons that has reading, watching and answering evaluation form activities. And at the end of each unit, we ask that student should write a summary of each lessons and share their thoughts on how they could apply the lessons in their daily lives.

In Unit 2 there are 6 lessons which has reading materials and video presentation. Aside from reading and watching, we ask students to record themselves in a video performing the task assigned to them to do. and after completing the whole lessons for unit 2, again there will be a unit test in a form of essay.

In Unit 3, the students will just only read and watch. There will be no evaluation exam for this learning unit but they have to prepare a presentation as their final exam and assessment.

For the return demonstration on Learning Unit 2, we are giving each students two weeks to complete their task. While for the the Learning Unit 3, we give them a month to complete their procedures and film them selves in performing it before they will graduate from our program.

Time Zones

Our weekly video conferencing is always held every week end. And we have 3 schedules for that in Philippine Time and that is on Sunday 9:30 PM to 10:30 PM, Monday 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM and Monday 12:00 NN to 1:00 PM.

Since our students are coming from different part of the world, we are the one who adjust so that each students can participate to our Video Conferencing which we discuss special topics of interest related to our training program. As of this moment the time zones we cover are from:

  • New York City, USA
  • Ontario, Canada
  • Colorado, USA
  • Hawaii, USA
  • Toronto, Canada
  • California, USA
  • Texas, USA
  • Virginia, USA
  • British Columbia, Canada
  • New Jersey, USA
  • Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
  • Quebec, Canada
  • Punggol Walk, Singapore

I am not very familiar yet with different time zones in the world, but thanks to Google that they are helping me to cope up with the different time zones in the world. We are also looking forward to accomodate people from Europe such as in France, Italy, Spain, Austria as we also have established Hilot Binabaylan in those areas of the world.

Modernizing Hilot through its on process development

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.

Modernizing Hilot

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 apuadman@hilotacademy.com

I want you to be part of this project and together let us build a better future for all of Manghihilot.