San Antonio, Kalayaan (02:25)
The Philippines, colonized by the Spaniards and sold to the U.S., consist of 7,000 islands. Hilot links Filipinos to their pre-colonial identity. Bernard Fontanille meets manghihilot Angelita Asidillo Calderon; sewing is her livelihood.
Villagers turn to Calderon for help when illness and accidents occur. She massages a woman who sprained her shoulder; she will use a tubang-bakod leaf to soothe the pain.
Plant-Based Medicine (03:26)
Calderon prepares the tubang-bakod leaf and applies it to her patient's back. Fontanille compares the treatment to anti-inflammatory patches. Approximately one third of the Filipino population does not have access to health care. Calderon explains her path to becoming a manghihilot.
Coconut Oil (03:51)
Calderon makes a fresh batch of coconut oil every week; coconuts are becoming increasingly difficult to find. Fontanille and Calderon discuss the therapeutic properties of coconut oil. Hilot addresses a variety of ailments.
Traditional Healing (03:14)
Calderon treats a girl who fell and cannot get up. Fontanille shows her how he diagnoses a fracture without the use of an x-ray.
Impromptu Treatment (03:25)
While enjoying a meal together, Calderon tells Fontanille that a traditional masseur is not meant to be rich. A woman interrupts them for a massage. Calderon finds her work joyful.
Therapeutic Touch (04:55)
Calderon travels to another island to treat a patient. She performs a "salungat" massage and discusses the use of her hands as tools and medication. Calderon will perform massage until she dies.
Credits: The Philippines: Hilot Massage—World Medicine (00:30)
Credits: The Philippines: Hilot Massage—World Medicine
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