Hilot as traditional Filipino healing practice and its effects among some residents of Cabuyao, Laguna

Date of Completion


Document Type

Research Project

Degree Name

Grade 12


hilot, medicine, healthcare, tradition


Traditional medicine has been an essential part of healthcare for Filipinos and people all over the globe. The Philippines is known for its rich folk medicine traditions that have been passed on to the next generation, such as the practice of Hilot. Accordingly, most communities in the country still resort to traditional medicine, such as “hilot,” over modern approaches because of low economic status, inadequate health awareness, and financial constraints. The study explored the effects of hilot practices on the health and holistic well-being of manghihilot and residents of Cabuyao City, Laguna. A qualitative–descriptive and phenomenological research design wherein a naturalistic observation and employing semi-structured interview and focus group discussion was used. The study revealed that individuals involved in the practice of hilot showcase the interplay between spirituality, cultural heritage, and professional development in the field. People resorted to this traditional medicine because it has been a tradition passed down through generations along with its affordability and accessibility. The study illuminated the rich cultural tapestry of hilot as a traditional healing practice in the Philippines, highlighting its significance, diversity, and ongoing development. The study concludes that hilot impacts the health and well-being of those who avail it for their medical needs and is an integral part of the diverse culture and tradition of the country. However, further studies about hilot and other traditional medicines in our country are recommended because of its naturalistic approach and potential to support the delivery of basic healthcare in Filipino community.

First Advisor

Jose Destura

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