I grew up being familiar with albularyo, hilot, balis, kulam, mambabarang, etc. Lahat ng tao sa Binangonan eh naniniwala dyan including my own parents. When someone is sick, the first thing that they call is a hilot. Baka may pilay kaya nilalagnat. Baka inoorasyunan kaya lumalaki ang tyan. Baka nakulam kaya nagsusuka. Baka nabalis kaya nag-tatae. Pinainom ng gayuma kaya nagoyo sya. Pagmerong mga nakatulala, the conclusion is always nahipan yan ng masamang hangin kaya tulala. Oops, naka tirik na ang mata, may sapi yan. Kaya naman ang mama ko, pagmalakas ang ihip ng hangin, nagtataklob ng ulo at mukha.
Nung araw, instead of bringing the affected person to the hospital, albularyo was the first line of defense. Pag hindi nakuha, dadalhin sa pari (priest) para bindesyunan. Pag naghihingalo na at saka last resort ang doctor.
Last April, I was actually looking for a legitimate one. Legit means yung hindi mukhang pera. Yung hindi ginagamit sa katarantaduhan yung powers nya. Yung hindi nagpapabayad para kulamin ang ibang tao na kaaway nila. Yung merong track record na nakakagaling at nakakatulong talaga.
Papatingnan ko sana si Nyke. Hindi lang natuloy kasi the one recommended to me by my friend Malou lives in the outskirts of Antipolo. Medyo naging busy na kami kaya I wasn’t able to bring Nyke there.
The first time Edmund reported for work after some absence, his staff got worried upon seeing him. He’s not in his usual self syempre kasi he’s still recovering from a virus that affected his facial nerves. He always feels dizzy. His staff suggested that he be checked by an albularyo. Baka daw kasi nakulam.
Instead of Edmund going to the albularyo’s house, he had him picked up and brought over.
The minute I saw the guy, parang panatag ang loob ko. Mukhang okay naman sya.
He asked for a white plate and a candle. I no longer keep candles at home except for battery operated ones. The only wax candles that I still keep are these ones from Our Lady of Lourdes in France I brought home 13 years ago.
Maybe this was the perfect time to use this. For Edmund’s healing.
He lighted the candle and placed the white plate on top. Hindi naman daw nakulam si Edmund. Wala daw lumabas na korteng mukha or hugis ng tao. Mahirap daw pag may kulam. Dahil ibang orasyon ang kailangan. We all felt relieved.
His tools of the trade are langis ng nyog (coconut oil) and candle. He makes his own oil from cacang gata. He places the coconut on the rooftop to sort of fry them. He then collects the oil drippings. Mas natural daw yan. Blessed by the sun, heaven and earth.
He started working on Edmund’s head, concentrating on the face, then to his shoulders, back, sides, and down to his legs and feet. My husband felt some comfort and relief. Except for the stickiness of the oil, he enjoyed the hilot. I suggested that he does this three times a week till he fully recovers.
After an hour, the albularyo cum hilot session was done. Edmund was feeling good and relaxed. He looked so oily and sticky. Nakakakilabot tingnan. Parang ang lagkit talaga. Parang galing sa kawali na inilubog sa mantika.
Mabuti naman at hindi pala nakulam si Edmund. Nahipan lang daw ng hangin at nalamigan ang mga ugat.
According to the doctors, Edmund just needs to be calm and patient and everything would go back to normal in no time at all.