Misusing Title as Hilot or Babaylan

Now-a-days, people who can afford to access the internet empowers to access information on which they will not exert more effort unlike before. As a student of the 90’s, if we need to learn some information, we used to go to the library and look for books that can provide the information we need to know. Or if there are no books about the subject, we conduct our own research by conducting interview or apply for apprenticeship. These is how i learn Hilot. At that time there is no book written about Hilot nor a school that teach Traditional Hilot as the Law on Philippine Traditional and Alternative Health Care was only enacted on 1997. Only at that time that Alternative Health Care was given attention and not Hilot. And on 2002, i formally receive my diploma in Alternative Medicine but not on Hilot.

Diploma in Alternative Medicine

I worked obtaining this diploma for only a Year, but mastering what I am right now takes a life time of research and practice. The diploma that i have lead me to focus on Philippine Traditional Medicine that makes me conduct research and clinical training by accepting clients that undergone certain condition which can be treated by Hilot. As i practice, I revolve around the principles of natural healing that says that:

Every Individual has the ability to heal them selves and as a healer, we are only an assistant in order for them to achieve their own healing.

It is the same claim that i always hear from traditional healers that the true healer is God our Creator and as Healer we are just an instrument of God like a bridge where God can channel the Blessings to the people.

Here by constantly dealing with people by hearing out their concerns in life either they have physical complaint about their health or just hearing out their emotions, there is a part within me that moved that tells me to take action and that action is called Hilot. The action that a Manghihilot do may vary depend on the situation presented, but the common action a manghihilot does whether it be on physical pain or emotional complaint is that a manghihilot will get his bottle of healing oil and apply it to the suffering person to provide relief.

Now at present time, relief from emotional trauma can be covered up by accessing social media. People can solicit sympathy and compassion by making statements or posting pictures of their situation. Even is they want to know something, people will just get their mobile phone connect it to the internet and type their questions to google and they will have the answers to what they are looking for.

And there are some people uses what they know out of Google and call them selves with Titles. Such as the title of being a Manghihilot or Babaylan. Since there is no definite law that forbids anyone to call them as such, so people could easily claim them as such unlike the Title of being a Doctor, if you are a Massage Therapist in the Philippines there is a specific law that forbids you to do as such unless you are a real doctor being conferred by the Professional Regulatory Commission.

As of this date, there is no Philippine regulatory body that regulates the practice of Hilot except for the Philippine Institute of Traditional Alternative Health Care but there is no clear policy yet on penalizing anyone who will misuse the Title of Manghihilot or of the Babaylan.

In Hilot Academy we are working hard for 7 straight years now in bringing awareness to the Public about Hilot, but still many people, either Filipino or foreigners are still unaware of what Hilot is all about. Many people still think that Hilot is Filipino Massage because many website tell it so. But real information about Hilot is rare to find. Even Spa Businesses in the Philippines would think that Hilot is about massage where it is not.

I really pray that a Hilot Commission will be created that will really focus on the Development of Hilot as Philippine Traditional Medicine.

Why do we need to to provide Training of potential Hilot Practitioners?

I am writing this article as a form of visual reminders to me at the same time to invite people to Learn Hilot with us here at Hilot Academy of Binabaylan.

The act of Training is a form of transferring your skills, knowledge and understanding on a certain field of expertise such as on the field of Hilot. It is also a form of cloning yourself to make an individual a manghihilot that they could also provide the same quality of services that you provide in the community. Aside from the service based reason, it is also a form of uplifting the social status of an individual by giving them knowledge, skills and competencies that they may use to earn a living.

But what other factors why do we need to train people in performing Hilot to the community? Training people to learn and practice Hilot is an act of preservation of the Philippine Ancestral Healing Arts and Science.

Before coming of Modern Medicine, Hilot has been used by our Ancestors as the Medicine for the Common People. As during those times there were no modern Hospitals to accommodate sick people except to what Henry William Scott have described as House of Healing called Pamulngagan.

Pamulngagan were what the Spanish Missionaries recognized as the Hospitals by our Ancestors. But do you know, what activities being done in Pamulngagan or Ancient Hospital? Our ancestors do suob there. so according to William Henry Scott in his book Barangay: Sixteenth- Century Philippine Culture and Society page 119, we can say that there 3 types of suob. The first type that been mentioned is called:

ATOLOB: is a from of suob to induce sweating by means of smoke, steam, or rubbing with hot stones or ashes.

TOOB: is a form of suob which fumigate the patient with the smoke of medicinal fuels by covering the patient with mats and blankets.

then lastly is OSLOB which is what we know now as suob which is a steam bath in which the patient lay enclosed on a rack over containers of water into which hot stones were dropped.

Going back to the purpose of training as you can see, it is like telling stories where you can have insight of what is being done in the past. But the exciting part of training is you can experience it on hand as you will re enact what have been told. As trainer, you allow your learner to experience Hilot that they may also share the experience to other by providing it.

In this modern time, where the cost of medicine is very expensive, by offering Hilot to the Community allows them to have a Choice on which health care modality they could have. But in Fact, Hilot is known as a primary health care modality which is used by many people in the Philippines in the absence of Conventional Medicine Professional.

By developing New Hilot Practitioners, we can help to deliver Healthcare to the community focusing on the preventive and promotive healthcare.

When I am in Alternative Medicine School, my professor Dr. Rueben M. Galang Jr have told me that our work as practitioners aside from alleviating the sufferings from illness of our patients, we are also responsible to train them to be responsible in their own health. And as manghihilot, we have this duty too to train which is represented in the last letter of our name as HILOT.

So with this, I am inviting our Readers here to Enroll to our NON CONTACT HILOT: MIND AND SPIRIT WORK that will open its new training on JUNE 26, 2022 and by September this year, we may open our doors for in person and face-to-face training on Basic Hilot Treatment Application Course which is a 5 days training to be held at International School for Sutainable Tourism. I will post details soon so that if you are living abroad, you can plan your travel here in the Philippines and be sure to take the course or just even experience our Hilot that I personally will provide. Yes, we will have our Hilot Healing Center as well at Silang, Cavite. So you dont have to worry about food and accomodation when you decide to study with us because there is a Hotel in ISST that offers discounted price for the students of Hilot Academy.

Wait for my further Announcement only here.

Preserving our Ancestral Healing Tradition

Our participation in creating a Standard Competency Standards for National Certification and Accreditation of Hilot Practitioners, Training Institution and Hilot Healing Center has one of its aim in preservation of the Philippine Ancestral Healing Arts and Science.

Throughout the History, the definition of Hilot have been evolved through Generations.

First during the precolonial times, Hilot has been known to be the only medicine for the common people. During those time, our ancestors have power over caring for their own health by employing thier own knowledge and skills so as their behavior towards our natural resources as a form of medicine.

During the Colonial Period, Hilot has become a liberating modality not only in terms of freeing an individual from physical ailments but also from emotional disturbance and mental disabilities.

Still on the Spanish rule that extends to the American Occupation, Hilot becomes a life changing modality that gives woman the power to exercise their power of choice. Hilot has been used for abortion thats free the woman from the responsibility of taking care a new life within their body. Though later on the act of abortion has been criminalized so as the Practice of Hilot on Pregnancy as well as on Maternal Healthcare.

Later on Hilot has become a modality of luxury, where people can avail its services on a Hotel so as in a High End Spa. Now that we are in the 21st century, we are redefining Hilot as we integrate it into our National Healthcare delivery system. And lastly, Hilot becomes our Windows in the past and we dont just see it like in the museum but we can experience it; thus hilot becomes our ancestral and cultural heritage.

Hilot Development Plan

As the World will open to face-to-face interaction, We are also preparing for new Hilot Program that we will offer to the public through our Training Program we develop for International School of Sustainable Tourism.

The International School of Sustainable Tourism (ISST) is a private non-stock and non-profit corporation established in 2010 in the Philippines. It is an organization dedicated to education and technical training of manpower to develop, promote and viably operate sustainable tourism in the Philippines and other ASEAN countries. Also, it is dedicated to the upliftment of the lives of the people of communities with ecological resources that need to be preserved and can be sustainably used for tourism.

As of this moment at the time of Pandemic, Hilot Academy offers the non touch aspect of hilot which is the Traditional Diagnostic and Divinatory Course through our Non Contact Hilot: Mind and Spirit Work. Since June of 2020, we have produced graduates coming from different part of the world who completed our training program. Now, even that we are still in the Pandemic Situation, we are already preparing for the possibility of face-to-face learning that we make partnership with ISST through Hilot Philippines Development Center or HPDC.

HPDC is a private organization within ISST that aims to promote and preserve Hilot or Traditional Filipino Medicine that could be incorporated into Eco Tourism and Agri- Tourism. With this goal we have developed a 6 tier Training Program that will create personalities to sustain this Healing aspect of our Culture and Tradition.

With all training program it will start with the Basics which we call Hilot Treatment Application Course. This is a 5 days face-to-face training, that will introduce you to the Healing touch approach of Hilot. When I say Healing Touch, your fingers and hands will really make connection to the body of the person and apply the necessary techniques in order to affect cure. So those who graduated from us the Non- Contact Hilot are advised to take this class as this will complement your skills in conducting diagnostic procedures of Hilot.

We also have designed the Hilot Healing Water Treatment Course which is an advance method of Hilot Healing that employs the Use of Water. We also have a Training Course on Basic Entrpreneurship and Business Management so that our Graduates will have a skills, knowledge and attitude in marketing, selling their acquired skills either through employment or starting to have a Hilot Healing Center in their own.

We also have a Mastery Class that will ground the practitioners to the Fundamental Principles of Hilot Healing and that is through our Remedial Hilot Class and Hilot Diagnostic Method Class.

Of course we do not just envision our graduates to become a practitioner and entrepreneur, but we also see them to become a potential trainer/ teacher of Hilot that will stand side-by-side with us in preserving our Ancestral Healing Tradition through our Trainers Training Class.

As we establish this Training Program, we are also working out to integrate our Manghihilot to the Universal Health Care Delivery System by communicating with Government Agencies such as the Philippine Institute of Traditional Alternative Health Care, Department of Health, Department of Social Works and Development, Department of Science and Technology and other necessary agencies so that our Manghihilot could have local employment.

I believe that our Manghihilot is known as Primary Health Care Provider and they can be seen in our Local Government Unit which can be found in sitio, purok or Barangay; our manghihilot can be employed in Barangay as partners with Barangay Health Care Workers, they can be given task of providing preventive and promotive healthcare.

Our Manghihilot can also become an agent of Pithac within the Barangay by:

  • Conducting Research on Herbal Plants that Grows within the barangay. This can be done by doing house to house visitation, taking pictures, and asking the residents if they could have a sample of the plants that grows in their home.
  • Upon documentation, our Manghihilot will send the sample herbs to Pitahc for further conduct or laboratory research.
  • Our Manghihilot will cultivate the herbs by creating Brgy. Herbal Nursury which can grow different kinds of herbal medicine.
  • Our Manghihilot can process, the approved herbs into herbal tea, capsule, syrups which later can be distributed either for free or with minimum amount to its constituents.

Remedial Hilot Curriculum Development

Working on our Curriculum about Remedial Hilot as i work on it i am reminded to be grounded on the Healing Principles that all individual has the ability to heal our selves so the treatment procedure we provide as manghihilot does not intend to heal but to help the individual to heal themselves.

In order for us to assist them in their healing, we should also better understand the Filipino Concept of Illness which is Pilay.

On April 27 i have to present 10 common filipino illnesses but i have identified 13 and have to divide into four category of filipino illness which is pilay ipit, pilay bali, pilay hangin and pilay lamig.

Hilot Orasyon: Unlock the Amazing powers of Prayers

Join us on Aoril 13 (Holy Wednesday) from 8 Pm to 10 PM as we share to you the Amazing powers of Prayers through Hilot Orasyon Webinar/ Workshop!

Tap to the Divine powers that runs in your blood and awaken the Divine powers within you.
Learn the secret power of Prayer that empowers our Babaylan ancestors in manifesting desires as well as in Healing.

In this 120 minutes/ 2 hours webinar/workshop you will receive a personal name of Filipino Diwata which you can call as word of power to grant wishes, manifest your desires, personal protection and heal all kind of illness whether it be physical in nature or spiritual.

  1. Learn to activate (Buhayin) their Holy names through personal daily devotion that will strengthen your personal relationship with the Diwata.
    Create Talisman out of the name of your Diwata and obtain its sacred key to make your prayers work.
  2. Learn how to make pondo which you can use in times of great need.
  3. create a poder or shield of protection for you and your love ones.
  4. Learn different ways of communicating with the Diwata, Anito and even with the Engkanto through the Guidance of your personal Diwata

All of these and more is expected to learn from the Binaylan of Luntiang Aghama as it will be presented by Apu Adman ang Lakay Magbaya Aghama.

This webinar will povide you a Certificate of attendance that can be credited when you enroll to Hilot Academy’s Mind and Spirit working class that will lead into Paganituhan or Magtatawas Certification

Energy Exchage: Php 500.00 or USD 10.00
Mode of Payment: Gcash (09952467040) Paypal: luntiangaghama@gmail.com

For interested participants kindly download Google Meet App at Playstore if you are going to use your android or IoS.

When a Manghihilot needs Hilot

The image you can see is the thumbnail of my last vlog that i made when i still can speak clearly. But if you will compare it to my previous vlog, you will notice my difficulty of speaking in this vlog.

As manghihilot, I am not only carrying the Healing knowledge from our Ancestors but also am a Culture Bearer.

In this video i teach our viewers our Traditional Divinatory method called Luknit which uses 4 crocodile tooth or 4 tusk of wild boar. Since we dont have that material we use 4 cowry shells instead.

My journey towards this advocacy in preserving our ancestral healing arts is now at risk of being halted due to my personal health problem.

I acknowledge that im not alone in pushing this advocacy on hilot, we still have manong Virgilio Apostol Mayor in San Diego, California who teach Traditional Ablon which is an Ilocano form of Hilot.

I understand that there is a Big expectation from healers like us in terms of handling our personal health. People might think that why you get sick? You are Hilot. Heal your self.

But in fact, we know how to care for ourself, but our compassion is greater than our selfcare, which we choose to set aside our self and give our care and attention to the need of others.

The most common mistake of our local manghihilot is the idea of Divine Service which means that you as manghihilot receive your Gifts of Healing from God so you must give your service to the public for free. And because of that many manghihilot are imprisoned in this idea of self sacrifice for the betterment of the public.

And with that attitude the personal health of a manghihilot is affected. Not only with their physical body but also in their mind and emotion.

Remember they are still humans that are bound with the limitations of the mundane world. Specially those who are still alive today lives in the modern world where money id needed.

So be kind to our manghihilot, they are our healers not only of our physical body but also of our soul. They are just shy to ask as they do not want you to be bothered by their situation.

I am sending my love to all of the living Hilot in this modern times. I can feel you and i am with you.

And thank you to all who send their love to me. I promise, i will work it out to be well as soon as possible.

Mayari na!

PagAsatin!

Questions about Hilot Online Training

I am so glad that Having our class available, we are also able to reach out people to get interested in our culture. Every time I’ve been ask How Hilot Online Training works, since most of our potential students are living outside the Philippines and their concerns are the time difference. Well, to relieve all your worries let me assure you of this, Our Non Contact Hilot: Mind and Spirit Working class is conducted online on a self paced and modular basis. All of our lessons can be accessed online through our Google Classroom platform. You may get into the class either using desktop, laptop, tablet or your mobile devices just by downloading the Google Classroom App. Joining code will be sent to your email once you have completed our enrollment procedures.

Enrollment procedure

  1. You need to fill up our registration form. Just answer the necessary questions being asked. All the information collected in the form will be secured and confidential. We do not ask you to upload previous certification as requirement.
  2. Upon Registration, you have to pay the reservation fee amounting USD 156.00 or Php 7,800.00 to our paypal account using this email: luntiangaghama@gmail.com. Remember whole class worth is USD 520.00 or Php26,000.00
  3. Once the initial payment has made, expect to receive our invitation to join our Google Classroom Platform.

Learning Activities

Our Hilot Online Training on Non Contact Hilot: Mind and Spirit Working Class has 3 Learning units which are also divided into lessons. Each lessons has learning activities which you will do and they are: Reading, Watching Recorded Video Presentation, Answering Test Question for Evaluation, Video Recording of your self in performing the given task and attending weekly live video conferencing.

Duration

Unit 1 has 8 lessons which most likely are theoretical in nature. Below are estimated time frame given to complete the lessons:

1st week: Lessons 1-3

2nd Week: Lessons 4-6

3rd Week: Lessons 7-8

4th to 5th Week: Unit Test Exam ( we are giving two weeks time for you to complete your unit test before advancing to the new Unit lessons)

Unit 2 has 6 lessons and 3 Performance test and 1 Unit test and the time frame for that is:

6th & 7th Week: Lesson 1

8th & 9th Week: Lesson 2

10 & 11th Week: Lesson 3

12th and 13th Week: Performance Test 1

14th & 15th Week: Lesson 4

16th & 17th Week: Lesson 5

18th & 19th Week: Performance Test 2

20th & 21st Week: Lesson 6

22nd & 23rd Week: Performance Test 3

24th & 25th: Unit Test 2

On Unit 3, we don’t give any evaluation exam or performance test, but we want our student to focus on their lessons to formulate personal techniques as prescribed in each lessons. So the time frame for learning of each lessons are:

26th and 27th Week: Lesson 1

28th &29th Week: Lesson 2

30th &31st Week: Lesson 3

32nd & 33rd Week: Lesson 4

34th Week: Final Performance Demonstration and Graduation Rites

Live Video Conferencing Call

Most of our Students in our Hilot Online Training comes from different part of the world specially in the United States of America. So our Academy have adopted 3 schedules of Video Call Meeting depending on the current location of our students. Using Philippine Time, we conduct our Video Conferencing using Google Meet App on these times:

Sunday from 9:30 PM to 10: 30 PM Philippine Time

Monday from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Monday from 12:00 NN to 1:00 PM

So if you are from United Kingdom, you can join our Google Meet every Sunday 2:30 PM on your time.

And if you are in New York and and same time zone you can join us Sunday Morning of your time by 9:30am to 10:30 AM.

If you want to take the evening class you may do so and it will be at 9:30PM to 10:30 PM of Sunday New York Time and same time zone. Usually our students from Texas and Virginia are also attending this schedule. So as if you are living in Ontario, Canada

If you are from California, you can attend our class by Sunday 8:00 PM or 9:00 PM if Day Light Saving Time is implemented in your time zone.

In Hawaii, our video conferencing is available also on Sunday from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

And if you are in British Columbia, Canada you can attend our Video conferencing on Sunday 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

Language of Instruction

If you are worrying that you can not understand and speak in Tagalog, there is no problem with that: All of our learning materials are written and spoken in English. Of course, we maintain the Tagalog word if it pertains to the technique but we make explanation in English.

Payment Plan

Non Contact Hilot: Mind and Spirit Working Class Training Fee is USD 520.00 or Php 26,000.00. Upon registration, we require 30% non refundable reservation fee that is worth of USD 156.00 or Php 7,800.00 to be admitted on our first day of class. The reservation fee will be deducted to the whole amount of the training fee that will make you to have an outstanding balance worth of USD 364.00 or Php 18,200.00.

The remaining balance can be paid on two installment:

First Installment is at the end of Learning Unit 1 which will be on the 5th Week of the Training Program. The amount you are going to pay is USD 182.00 or Php 9,100.00

Second and Last Installment is at the end of Learning Unit 2 which will be on the 25th Week of our Training Program which is USD 182.00 or Php 9,100.00

Supporting members of Luntiang Aghama is qualified for our 20% discount. Supporting members are the one who subscribe to our Buy Me a Coffee Subscription page.

If you are a member of Filipino Magick, upon payment of our reservation fee the 20% discount will be applied on your next payment. So instead of paying the amount of USD 364.00 or Php 18,200.00, you will only pay USD 260.00 or Php 13,260.00 which you can also pay through installment.

First Installment will be on the 5th week of our training program the amount of USD 130.00 or Php 6,630.00

Second Installment is on the 25th week which will you pay the amount of USD 130.00 or Php 6,630.00

All Payments can be made though our Paypal Account at luntiangaghama@gmail.com.

Membership to Luntiang Aghama

By the way, by completing this class you will be ordained as Magaanito/ Magtatawas/ Pangutanahan/Pangatauhan which automatically made you as member of Luntiang Aghama Natural Divine Arts Shrine of Healing Inc. Since the class is non academic and most of the topics being discussed in the lessons are pertaining to the soul of an individual and the life force; We are empowering our graduates with the ordination we provide through this course that you may freely practice what you have learned through the precepts of the Shrine that been shared to our Educational Ministry which is the Hilot Academy.

What you have acquired to learn with us will be forever be yours, and your rights to practice what you have learned will be yours to enjoy. As our commitment, We will offer soon New Training Programs that will allow you to grow in your practice. So always stay tuned and connected.

Thank You!

Tuon Mandala

This is a Tuon ( pronounced as Two On) which is similar to Mandala where we use as a Focal Point for our prayers and devotion. In the middle of Tuon is the Word #Anito which is written in #Baybayin and the words that surround it are the Baybayin Characters that would spell the prayers of Luwalhati which is the official mantra of #LuntiangAghama and of the #HilotBinabaylan.

Learn how to use Baybayin in Rituals and Prayers by attending the #SiAdTala #BaybayinMysticOracle Attunement Workshop as facilitated by our Brother @alsent.aghama on October 20, 2021.

For more details kindly check out Lakay’s post at SiadTala.Wordpress.com

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