Doing the talk is the most challenging part of being a Hilot Binabaylan, especially now that we are in the world of Commercialism where the demand of the public is what we provide. During our Training we emphasize that Hilot is not a massage where we can provide relaxation as most Hilot School will align the modality so that the learning upon completion of the required studies of the competencies will be hired on Spa then become a Massage Therapist.
It is nice to know that Hilot has Touch Manipulation that is almost similar to massage and its method can be modified into relaxation techniques but when you do it, that technique lose its sense already and transformed its potency, instead, it become a Simple Massage.
All Hilot Treatments follows the Hilot Healing Principles that state:
Every Human Being has the ability to heal themselves; and as Manghihilot, we are just the facilitator of that healing as we assist the individual to brought out that healing ability for themselves.We are not the healer but the DIVINE CREATOR is, who gave life to everyone!
Apu Adman, Punong Binabaylan of Luntiang Aghama
And those who seek Hilot just for relaxation, it is better that you go to Spa and hire a massage therapist to provide you what you need. Hilot is for treatment of illnesses and our ancestors does not come to a manghihilot when they want pampering but instead, they come to manghihilot when they are sick.
I am very delighted to see people in person and face-to-face specially those whom I met online during the Time of Pandemic. Yesterday, I have welcomed and Hug in person Lani Brown of California. She arrived here in the Philippines last Saturday- January 14, 2023 and she will be here for about a month and we are so blessed that she will spend 8 days with us, starting on January 16 to January 23, 2023. She is supposed to take the 16 days Hilot Training Program with Hilot Philippines Development Center at Silang, Cavite but there are problems that happen on HPDC part thats why Hilot Academy came in to accommodate and compensate for HPDC.
Sharing the knowledge of our Ancestral Healing Arts and Science is very important to me. And students who signed up for any of our training program are valuable specially to the Filipino in Diaspora who desires to reconnect themselves with our Ancestral Land and wanted to learn our Philippine Traditional Medicine.
When I started Hilot Academy, I intended to share this knowledge that I obtained from our Ancestors to our local kababayan who is residing in the Philippines. Though before I started this, I used to work as Tesda Trainer and Assessor on Hilot. TESDA is a Government attached Agency of Philippine Department of Labor and Employment that provide Scholarship skills training on Hilot. But as I notice, the knowledge that we share through TESDA are just superficial and was limited on the practice of Massage and the healing process and methodology that Hilot has was not been covered in the training. The goal of Tesda is just to provide skills to the learning where they could be employed in a Spa or send them abroad just for the sake of being Employed.
Skills on Hilot can be easily learned but the principles behind it is very complex that it requires time to be explored such as the doctrine about souls, why people get sick so as the teaching about pilay.
Hilot is our Medicine and the treatment methodology it employs does not limit on just providing Massage
There is also one issue that I make clarification with and that is who should I take as student of Hilot. I first encounter this issue when I was still working at TESDA but the issue back then was who will be a Certified and Accredited Hilot Trainer and Assessor? The policy way back then is only limited to Filipino Citizens and foreigners are limited to obtain certification and accreditation on becoming a Hilot Trainer and Assessor. I understand that the agency wants to protect our Healing modality to be benefited by the Filipino people, but if we are going to contemplate on the Healing Principles of Hilot, it will not be exclusive but it is Inclusive.
When a person ask you Hilot, will you ask that person of their nationality first or their religion or if they have money? No! We provide Hilot to anyone who ask us whether they have money or not, male or female or any Gender they identify themselves, nationality or religion they practice, Young or old deserves to receive hilot from us.
And Hilot Teaching is not only about promoting the Philippines and all the resources that can be found in our Country, but it is about our attitude and connection with the land, with the country where we are now, with the planet. Being a Manghihilot is not about wearing Traditional Filipino Clothes, Accessories, plants that is endemic in the Philippines and so on, but it is about your knowledge and attitude on how you connect yourself to the place where you live right now. Our Filipino Pride is not about the rich resources of our land, but our attitude on how to adopt in different situation.
Teaching Hilot to the Filipino in Diaspora is about bridging the Gap of Colonialism and Nationalism but instead making everyone realize that all of us are all Human. As Manghihilot, we do not focus alone in dealing with Physical Illness but we become a Bridge to the People in finding the right solution and relief to their problem.
Again, a mother and child have visited us in the Shrine. She asked me to do Tawas for her 7 years old daughter who was vomiting and had a Fever. As she suspects that the child has been played by unseen entity as she was playing with her elder sister. It is believed that these unseen entities were fond of playing, story time as well as merry making. It is the same with the souls of our dead loved ones who will manifest their presence every time that a member of the family will tell stories about them. These unseen entities or spirits easily victimize young Children as the souls of these kids were not yet complete. This is the reason why Children can be easily affected by Usog as the souls serve as our shield from these forces. The mother also has told us that the young girl was playing Hide and Seek with her Ate (Elder Sister) and when the Ate found her she was surprised and get nervous. And aside from this situation, the Child already have a Medical History of Broncho Pneumonia. She is about to bring her child to the Hospital, but a neighbor have told her to consult first with a Hilot.
I have no intention of intervening to the work of a medical professional, since they come first to us, I have no reason to drive them off and not provide the help that I could do. As I saw the child, i did not sense any presence of a playing Spirit or Maligno (which is a kind of Engkanto that always plays trick on mankind) but I sense that the child spirit is naturally weak due to the cold season as well as the mother confirms that she already had a medical condition. I still do Tawas, but this time it’s not Tawas sa Papel but rather I use Pagsasala Method using Avocado leaf. As I start passing the leaf to the flame of the candle, I see the body parts which I need to focus in Pagpapahid. The Tawas have shown me the back of the Body up to the Buttocks. I asked the mother if the child has excretion problem, and she confirms that the child is having a loose bowel movement and has no appetite. That is also one of her worries that she wants to resolve that she plans to see a doctor but was convinced to see me first.
As I do the pagsasala, I notice that the skin of the child is very dry and scaly that the kidney, bladder and spleen is weak. So as i notice that the child is lack of nutrition that I advised her to go to barangay health center and ask if they have free vitamins supplement for her daughter. I am glad that our Barangay Health Center are providing these for the indigent residents of our Barangay and I wish that Hilot can be Integrated within the Barangay Health Center and I believe that in order for this to happen PITAHC which is an attached agency of the Philippine Department of Health will issue a Memorandum Circular or an Administrative Order that Hilot can be integrated into our Health Care Delivery System. As a Practitioner of Hilot, we do not have the power to do this as Barangay Health Worker has different qualification to Hilot. So hopingly, our government will see our value as primary healthcare provider as well.
Last 2021, the Comon Clan (which my Father belong) have suffered great challenges from Super Typhoon Odette that it has destroyed our Ancestral Home that is located at Brgy. Esperanza, Municipality of Del Carmen in the Island of Siargao, Surigao del Norte. The whole clan have helped one another to rebuild our Ancestral home that includes your Financial Support.
at the end of 2022, another calamity have come to the Clan as the Elder Brother of my Father have crossed the Veil. For so many years that my Father haven’t stepped on our Ancestral Home. He came to pay respect to my uncle and see our people.
He was so Happy to see and talked again to his siblings not only though telephone or video call but now in Person and Face-to-face. Aside from his siblings, my father was also able to reconnect with his Childhood Friends, Nephew’s and Nieces, and Grand Children from my Cousins.
Through Tatay’s Homecoming in Siargao, the Comon Siblings were able to discuss about their properties which they inherited from our Grand Father Don Diomedes Comon Sr. And my Father have decided to sell his share as his own Family already resides in Bulacan and have invested his own properties.
This pool of water becomes a natural source of Drinking Water during the time of Super Typhoon Odette that even the Manila Water fetch from this Natural Spring to supply drinking water to the Whole Island of Siargao.
This Dayban (as the natives have called the area) is natural spring which is part of the 2.652 Hectares, or 26520 Square Meters property inherited by my Father to Don Diomedes Comon Sr. which now he is selling for Php 15,000.00/ Square Meters or USD 272.25/ Square Meters. My Father’s decision on selling his inherited property is due to lack of Fund in Developing this land.
If only I have the Power in Decision making, I want to save this property to be still under our care. As I am writing this Article, I sense that there is a Spirit that prevents me on posting this, as the property belongs to the Comon Clan. Rather than selling, we could share this property to Investors who would like to build us the Physical Building for Hilot Academy of Binabaylan so as for Luntiang Aghama Natural Divine Arts Shrine of Healing Inc. and within this place, we could add up Experiential Learning Activities such as Rice Farming, Fishing and Surfiing as Siargao Island is known for Surfing.
I hope that this article will go Far and Wide as it reaches the right person who will invest with us to build the Shrine and Hilot Academy of Binabaylan or to be the next rightful owner of this property in Developing it. If you are interested to Invest or Buy this property, you may reach me out through Email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text me at +6399524687040,
Yesterday December 16, 2022-We had launch successfully the Hilot Philippines Development Center in Partnership with International School of Sustainable Tourism in the vicinity of International Institute of Rural Reconstruction in Barangay Biga 2, Municipality of Silang in the Province of Cavite. After 2 years of conception, we have finally given birth to the Brain Child of Dr. Mina Gabor (former Department of Tourism Secretary-now the Chairman of International School of Sustainable Tourism). Actually this is her second Child among the many concepts she already have manifested in the past, but at ISST Hilot will be the partner of Farm Tourism which Dr. Gabor have championed.
As Cultural Worker myself, it seems that Launching Hilot at Silang, Cavite is like giving birth again to a nearly forgotten Culture of the Filipino People. I just relate it to the work of Hilot on assisting delivery of a pregnant mother and Birthing a New Child, here we did not give birth to a Physical Child but we have given a new life to Hilot as a Holistic Healing Modality that we can be proud of.
It was during at the height of pandemic when we started collaborating our minds in order for this legacy project will come into manifestation. There were many people who are willing to share their talents such as Ice Infante, Kara Barientos and Marjoria Soria but due to Pro Bono status of our preliminary work they need leave for the meantime and sustain their lives. So it was Me, Nora and Lakay have patiently endure and workout so that this project may manifest. And of course Dr. Gabor is with us so as her staff such as ms. Merlita, ms. Ferlyn, sir Lito so as ate Bebang who always care for us in preparing snacks when we are in a brain storming activity.
It was on November 17, 2020 when we first convene at Dr. Mina Gabor’s office at Pasay City and from there we have brought out all the contents of our Heart and our Mind so that we could give life again to the deviated modality of Hilot and realigned it to its original custom as our ancestors employ it to healing arts.
But before launching our new center at Cavite, me and Lakay had a conversation. I am thinking in establishing this center if the general public will benefit from it. I specifically think of Hilot Practitioners such as when a student enroll for example in Bachelors degree in Secondary Education at the end of their program and successfully passed the licensure examination for teachers, those students who will pass the exam have potentials to be employed in an Educational Institution. And for our students who will take take course in our Hilot Training Program, they will not just have the knowledge skills and attitude of a Hilot Provider but We are making sure that they could use it to earn a living.
I do not want to see our graduates to work in a Spa that has tendency to adulterate their Sacred Knowledge of Traditional Filipino Healing Arts and Science with Foreign healing Tradition but want to consecrate themselves in the Practice of Hilot. Such as to what happened in Thai Massage Centers here in the Philippines, it is just Thai Massage is popular but when you walk in and avail Thai Massage, the therapist within that Center would deceive their client by giving Swedish Massage and not Thai Massage.
I don’t want Hilot to suffer the same situation and this is what Hilot Philippines Development Center will provide to make sure that the treatment procedure we offer are based on the Philippine Ancestral Healing Tradition.
If our graduates will not work at Spa, where should they be employed?
Spa is categorized under the Hospitality Industry of the Department of Tourism. But I insist that Hilot should be under the Health Care Industry as we provide primary healthcare to the Public. Our History have identified the terminology of our Traditional Healing Center and it is known by our Ancestors as Pamulngagan and recently it has been confirmed by our Bicolano participant in the Webinar on Redefining Hilot as Burlungan. And aside from establishing Pamulngagan or Burlungan, our Graduates should have an opportunity to be employed in the Government Health Offices.
Since Philippine Institute of Traditional Alternative Health Care is an attached agency from the Philippine Department of Health and receiving funds from the Government allocations through Senate Hearings on Budget allocations, the said institute must coordinate with DoH in establishing Hilot Centers attached to the Provincial, Municipal, City, and Barangay Health Centers and work there.
The issue of mandating to have a License or National Certificate of Manghihilot deserves a clear opportunity of employment to our graduates. This issue already had happened to the Massage Industry where they are mandated to obtain Certificate of Registration as Massage Therapist and upon renewing they are require to upgrade their knowledge but in terms of employment that will just work at the Spa or either as Freelancer without secured income opportunity by being employed as Health Worker. I see this practice as extortion by the certifying committee to the practitioner and not giving them chance to enjoy the earnings from their hard work.
In Hilot, we are going to raise our standards and make sure that our Modality will not be adulterated and become a milking cow of any committee. As I remember the Slogan of Department of Health that the Power of Health in the Hands of the Filipino People and this will become true now through Hilot Philippines Development Center.
Even how much effort we exert on what Hilot is, if the people insist that the kind of Hilot they know is Massage, the Provider will give what the people know wants in exchange for the money they will earn. By giving in to what people demand, the more our Hilot Healing Tradition will be dressed up by the IGNORANCE of the People and in the future Generation, the real knowledge of Hilot will be lost and think of Hilot is just the Filipino Terminology of Massage.
I remember on 2017 to 2018 that i become an administrator of a Massage Therapist group at Facebook which is composed of Massage Therapist working at the Spa so as Freelancer who do Home Service Massage. One Massage Therapist have rant which is a licensed Massage Therapist at DoH have said that the Freelancers and Manghihilot are stealing their jobs from them.
Well, how come that Manghihilot were included in stealing the Jobs of Massage Therapist, whereas it is the Massage Therapist who steal the Job of Manghihilot. Not only the Massage Therapist but the entire Health Care System that have stripped off the Duties and Responsibilities of Manghihilot and leaving out the Identity of Being Filipino Masseur.
And out of the custom for the Licensed Massage Therapist to upgrade their knowledge in Massage that they are required to know other forms of massage that they have amalgamated the massage of Hilot into Massage Therapy and they call it themselves as Hilot. And this is wrong. It is an act of colonizing, such as to what had happened in our Ancient Filipino Spiritual beliefs.
Such as to what had happened to the precolonial culture in Obando, Bulacan which observed the Kasilinoan Fertility Dance which has been popularly known as Tatarin or the Summer Solstice Ritual that is once sacred to Dayang Masalanta, Lakapati and Bathala, whereas the Spanish colonized our Country, they have forcibly converted the Natives into Roman Catholicism and Changed our custom of dancing Kasilinoan into Fandanguan. Kasilinoan or now popularly known as Tatarin was a Pagan Fertility Dance on which married woman who is unable to conceive a Child would dance for 3 nights to a Phalus God named Lingga when the Summer Solstice arrived. When Christianity arrived it was changed into Fandanguan in honor of the patron saints of Obando, Bulacan named Sta. Clara of Assisi, San Pascual Baylon and the Imaculate Conception de Salambao which is named after the fish net that caught the image on the sea while fishing.
Many of those who work as Massage Provider are guilty of this crime in dressing up massage to be the modality of Hilot, such as one time I went to the mall to avail Thai Massage, when I went to book an appointment, the receptionist discourage me taking that services but instead pushed me to get Swedish massage instead, being out of time and need to have a massage- I take the offer. In my mind I see the problem that probably the massage provider are not proficient in giving the modality I seek. And another problem I notice is that when a Filipino Massage Therapist are working abroad, they are advertising Hilot even the modality the do is Swedish Massage. This is very wrong.
Hilot as we always say is not just a Massage. Though it have a massage treatment that could be performed quickly. Hilot is not a Spa Treatment that can be performed in One Hour or more. Rather Hilot is a Quick relief treatment when a person had Pilay. Though I am not certain when do the Spa Industry started but I am supposing that it Started on during the implementation of the Sanitation Code of the Philippines when it was mandated on December 23, 1975. There in Article 13 discuss about the Policy on Massage Therapy and Sauna Bath’s.
With the rising of Spa Industry, they make their services like a Restaurant, where a client will choose what kind of services they will avail. So as a result, many spa services provider must learn different forms of massage until they have developed Combination Massages as their promotional Offering.
As an Individual practitioner, there is a Pride that they should know all as they walk up to the pedestal of fame and glory. Knowing all means getting Money from the services they provide. And no one think that Hilot can provide all the Health Care needs of the Community. But since Hilot is not well accepted, certain individual still need other professional license in order to introduce Hilot to the public. And the end result of it is that Hilot has been covered up by other Traditional Medicine modality that it became end to the list such as to what happened in PITHAC.
There are still many people who does not know What Really Hilot is an just rely on the information provided online and the practice of authentic Manghihilot in rural and slum areas of the Philippines are being ignored as it is unscientific and covered much in mysticism.
But to tell you, Traditional Chinese Medicine too was once covered in mysticism such as the principles of Tao and the doctrines of Chi which is being observed not only in Traditional Medicine but as well as in Fung Sui.
If Colonial Mentality will stop and the Roman Catholic Church will not interfere in the Development of Hilot in the Philippines, the modalities of Hilot will have the Science it needed in order to explain its principles to the modern world and If Hilot will have its own center not associated in Spa or Wellness Center; the Hilot Treatment we provide will receive the recognition we deserve.
Very interesting question, and to answer this: we don’t have. Even the fact that our myth tells that the First Man and Woman came out of Bamboo through the help of ibong Adarna We do not do Bamboo Massage, but we use Bamboo Sticks to scrape off the mud attached to the Feet in Dagdagay Kulis Foot Care Treatment so as Historically according to the Book of William Henry Scott in Barangay Sixteenth Century Culture and Society in Page 118 it says:
Abortions were common form of family planning, practiced by ranking ladies to limit their lineage and preserve their heritage, or by others because of poverty or poor prospects for their children. They were induced by massage, strong herbal medicines, or probe with a stick.
William Henry Scott Barangay Sixteenth Century Culture and Society page 118
Though it did not mention what kind of stick that was used but throughout History Bamboo can be beneficial or malevolent for us.
In my research on the practice of Hilot, I never have seen an old Manghihilot brought out Bamboo poles or stick in giving treatment unless they scrape the skin in making herbal tea. I remember my father cutting bamboo poles into strip and the sticks he made put it in a pot to support the Fish he is cooking called Sinaing. Aside from support it will make the food tastier which I really enjoy.
In our Hilot Healing System, we use either Bamboo, Guava or any sticks we polish to stimulate the nerve endings found at the feet. Originally it was the young Children of Ifugao used this technique in Scrapping off the mud that is attached to their father feet that comes from the rice field.
In our Hilot Healing System, we use either Bamboo, Guava or any sticks we polish to stimulate the nerve endings found at the feet. Originally it was the young Children of Ifugao used this technique in Scrapping off the mud that is attached to their father feet that comes from the rice field. And when I am in a Mission at Cervantes, Ilocos Sur on 2013 and we call their group as Mabangaran Hilot which we incorporate the principles of Reflexology that it may produce more beneficial result rather on just scraping dirt alone.
In our Pamulngagan or Hilot Heling Center, we have a Traditional Foot Care Treatment that will start on Foot Bath. Your feet will be soaked on Lemon Grass tea and poured with coconut milk, then we will scrub it with chopped banana peel mixed on grated coconut and peppermint and wrap it for 5-10 minutes so that the feet will absorb the healing properties of the herbs then will rinse it out and perform the stick foot massage and do the regular hilot.
To end up, Bamboo Massage is not of Filipino Origin, it is part of modern spa services that becomes popular in Europe even the fact that South East Asian Countries has plenty of Bamboo. Spa Experts credited it to the Traditional Chinese Medicine so as to the Native Americans. But what is funny about the history of Bamboo Massage they credited the technique when a massuer saw a monkey massaging each other with bamboo sticks while going home. This is how Nature tell us when we adopt it. But Bamboo Massage is not part of Hilot Healing Tradition.
It is already 25 years when the Philippine Traditional Alternative Medicine Act of 1997 has been passed into law, and with that Law- the Philippine Institute of Traditional Alternative Health Care has been created and Established with the following goals or objectives as its Mandate.
In Republic Act 8423 or An act creating the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC) to accelerate the development of Traditional and Alternative Healthcare in the Philippines, providing for a Traditional and Alternative Healthcare Development Plan and for other Purpose. In this law which was enacted by the 10th congress on December 9, 1997 stated clearly their objectives in Article 1 section 3 that they are:
1.To encourage scientific research on and develop traditional and alternative health care systems that have direct impact on public health care;
2. To promote and advocate the use of traditional, alternative, preventive and curative health care modalities that have been proven safe, effective, cost effective and consistent with government standards on medical practice;
3.To develop and coordinate skills training courses for various forms of traditional and alternative health care modalities;
4.To formulate standards, guidelines and codes of ethical practice appropriate for the practice of traditional and alternative health care as well as in the manufacture, quality control and marketing of different traditional and alternative health care materials, natural and organic products, for approval and adoption by the appropriate government agencies;
5.To formulate policies for the protection of indigenous and natural health resources and technology from unwarranted exploitation, for approval and adoption by the appropriate government agencies;
6. To formulate policies to strengthen the role of traditional and alternative health care delivery system; and
7.To promote traditional and alternative health care in international and national conventions, seminars and meetings in coordination with the Department of Tourism, Duty Free Philippines, Incorporated, Philippine Convention and Visitors Corporation and other tourism-related agencies as well as non-government organizations and local government units.
To plan and carry out research and development activities in the areas of traditional and alternative health care and its ultimate integration into the national health care delivery system;
To verify, package and transfer economically viable technologies in the field of traditional and alternative health care, giving emphasis on the social engineering aspects necessary for group endeavor;
To provide the database for policy formulation that will stimulate and sustain production, marketing and consumption of traditional and alternative health care products;
To organize and develop continuing training programs for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, and other professional health workers and students, as well as scientists, research managers and extension workers in the field of traditional and alternative health care;
To formulate policies that would creat public awareness through educational activities, conventions, seminars, conferences, and the like by focusing on the promotion of healthy living for preventing disease, thereby uplifting the health care industry;
To acquire or obtain from any governmental authority whether national or local, foreign or domestic , or from any person, corporation, partnership, association or other entity, such charters, franchises, licenses, rights, privileges, assistance, financial or otherwise, and concessions as are conducive to and necessary or proper for the attainment of its purpose and objectives;
To receive and acquire from any person and/or government and private entities, whether foreign or domestic, grants, donations and contributions consisting of such properties, real or personal, including funds and valuable effects or things, as may useful, necessary or proper to carry out its purposes and objectives and administer the same in accordance with the terms of such grants, donations and contributions, consistent with its purposes and objectives;
To serve as the coordinating center of a national network of traditional and alternative health care stations located in the different regions of the country;
To formulate a code of ethics and standards for the practice of traditional and alternative health care modalities for approval and adoption by the appropriate professional and government agencies;
To formulate standards and guidelines for the manufacture, marketing and quality control of different traditional and alternative health care materials and products for approval and adoption by the Bureau of Food and Drugs;
To coordinate with other institutions and agencies involved in the research on herbal medicine;
To adopt and use a corporate seal;
To sue and bu sued in its corporate name;
To succeed by its corporate name;
To adopt its by laws and promulgate such rules and regulations as may be necessary or proper to implement this ACT, and to amend or repel the same from time to time;
To enter, into, make and execute contracts and agreements of any kind or nature;
To borrow, raise or obtain funds, or to enter into any financial or credit arrangement in order to support or carry out in research programs, finance its capital and operating expenses, subject to pertinent laws governing public debts and expenditures;
Well, its power and function is stated as well in the Republic Act 8423 which we can find at Article 3 Section 6 of the said act.
Last December 4, 2022- i have presented a webinar on Redefining Hilot in modern time as our participation to the 25th year of mandating the Philippine Traditional and Alternative Medicine Act of 1997. And we have presented this webinar on 3 different time zones.
On the East Coast of United States of America, our webinar has been participated by Jamee Pineda and Daphne Domingo; then on the Pacific Coast, we have Camille Cruz and Dezire Smith; and in London, we Have Jutheanne Cruz, Heather Bajade and Junkim Nieva. Though not much people participated, but what important is that we were able to reach them out and delivered our message to them.
As we prepare in delivering this webinar, i conducted prior studies first and check first the Status of Hilot in World Health Organization and I found this Free Download which is the World Health Report 2019
In page 176 of the World Health Report 2019, we can read that the focus on regulation is in the manufacturing or herbal medicine so as regulating training centers and clinics, but unfortunately it has not shown any certified hilot in the report so as hilot training centers and clinic. I have shown this same status on the webinar and have shared my personal knowledge based on my studies what Hilot is. In the webinar, I have also mentioned the uprising problem in Colonizing Hilot such as there are Hilot Organization that been established incorporating Veganism as a mandatory practice for Manghihilot and claiming that this practice has been blessed by a certain Indigenous Tribe in the Country.
You may watch the video or listen to its audio form below.
In Celebration of mandating the Philippine Traditional Alternative Medicine Act of 1997 or Republic Act 8423, Hilot Academy of Binabaylan invites all interested Party to join us in a Webinar. This webinar is ideal for Traditional Complementary Health Care Workers so as to the Conventional Health Workers.
We make this webinar available in different time zones so that we may reach out all Filipino in Diaspora to know more and reclaim their rights towards Filipino Ancestral Healing Arts and Sciences. This webinar aims to correct the common conception of the General Public about Hilot, by providing them opportunity to develop Fundamental knowledge of our ancestral healing arts and science that will open up opportunity of proficiency in the field of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Our webinar will be available on the following dates and Time Zones:
In United States of America, it will be available on:
December 3, 2022-Saturday/ 8:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
December 3, 2022-Saturday/ 8:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
In Europe, it will be available on:
December 4, 2022- Sunday/ 8:00 AM for those who are living in London.
December 4,2022-Sunday/ 9:00 AM in Austria, France, Italy, Netherlands and Spain.
And in the Philippines it is available on December 4, 2022- Sunday on these time slot/s:
9:00 AM/ 12:00NN/ 4:00 PM
There is a minimum energy exchange that each participants should pay.
For participants in US the amount is USD 10.00, for Great Britain and London the amount is GBP 10.00, for those in Austria, France, Italy, Netherlands and Spain the amount is Euro 10.00. You can make your payment of the energy exchange through our Paypal account with email address at email@example.com
And the energy exchange for our participants in the Philippines is Php 500.00 which you can pay through G-Cash with account number 09952467040 account name is Rev. Rolando Comon.
This webinar will be held through google meet and link for the webinar will be sent through your email upon receipt of energy exchange.
To register you may click on the image below or scan the QR Code.
Hilot is not just Massage as I always tell and that is what I teach at Hilot ng Aghamang Binabaylan. And sad to say almost everyone in the world even our kababayan who lives here in the Philippines have the same understanding of What Hilot is. But our Ancestors will disagree on what we know right now. Though when I conduct research, there are still elders who can describe what real hilot is and it affirms to what we are providing.
The problem with what is happening now is that even our government (Tesda, PITAHC, Tourism), in order to please the majority of the people, they are providing Hilot according to what people think. The Definition and Identity of Hilot has already been confirmed to what the world think about it and not according to what really it is.
In Hilot Academy of Binabaylan, we are working out to redefine it according to its Natural Nature even that some of the original roles of manghihilot has been cut off to them by the Philippine Department of Health, such as the role of attending birth to a laboring mother.
The Pandemic of Covid 19 have put the role role of Manghihilot down by preventing us to do our part as primary healthworker. But as Manghihilot, we are also a Warrior, that even that we are forbidden, our duties to take care of the Health of our people prevails. And through that our Hilot Technique on Suob has become popular Home Remedy and Treatment to have relief from Covid 19. So as our Government look for the possibilities of the effectiveness of Virgin Coconut oil which is a product of HIlot in fighting Viral Infection as well as the use of Lagundi and Tawa-tawa as oral medication for those who have been infected by these Global Virus.
These are only some of the works that we did so as in empowering people around the world to be in charge of their own health by providing the online course on Non Contact Hilot Mind and Spirit Work that could help relieve people from any Psycho-Emotional Disturbances caused by this pandemic.
Right now, we are updating our Training Program at Hilot Academy as I plan to provide a Diploma Course which consists of 3 Certifications and that is the Magtatawas Certification, Manggagamot Certification and the Albularyo Certification. This Training Course will take time as our Magtatawas Online Training already took 9 months of Completion, How much more if we do the manggagamot as well as the albularyo training.
Originally, like what our ancestors did, Learning Hilot is through apprenticeship. And usually those who becomes a Manghihilot started first as being a Patient that been healed by Manghihilot and out of gratitude for having their second life, the patient dedicates to assist the manghihilot and learn its technique directly from a Manghihilot.