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Friday, October 12, 2012


HILOT is a word from Tagalog dialect that generally translates to “massage.” This is a form of relaxation to stressed muscles and is commonly used in rural areas. This has a fighting chance to become part of a wellness regime that is uniquely Filipino, which is usually used as a cheap alternative to medical doctors in the Philippines.

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A “manghihilot” in Cagayan de Oro City. (Contributed photo)

The practice of hilot is part of the Filipino way of life. In Cagayan de Oro City, you could pass by a group of manghihilots at the Ramon Magsaysay monument street in Divisoria. They do not charge but a voluntary fee is usually given as a sign of gratitude or appreciation.

Manghihilots in the city have been grateful to the tourism department for its active promotion of hilot, since it has been recognized by the government as one of its major projects for medical tourism. They now have been appreciated and exposed to the public because of the publicity of the city tourism.Maria Dannica M. Cimacio

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 13, 2012.

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