Pag-uugat sa kultura ng pagkakasakit ng mga Taclobanon ng Hilagang Leyte

2020 IJRSE – Volume 9 Issue 3
Special Issue on Filipino Research Papers

Available Online: 10 July 2020


Amat, Aldwin B.*
Leyte Normal University, Philippines (


This study aimed to gather and analyze the beliefs related to the sickness of the Taclobanon in the Northern part of Leyte. This research also analyzed the words and cultural values found in the beliefs. The researcher used the ethnographic research design in gathering the beliefs related to the sickness of the Taclobanon. For the research locale, the mapping was conducted based on the different factors influencing the development of Filipino literature such as (a) remote areas (b) coastal areas (c) upland areas and (d) town centers in the province of Leyte. The researcher used purposive sampling in determining the informants of the study according to the following, (a) age: 55 years old and above, (b) was born and a resident of the place not less than fifteen years, and (c) a Taclobanon who is willing to share his/her knowledge about the beliefs related to the sickness of the Taclobanon. A semi-structured survey questionnaire was also used wherein the interview was open to all the responses of the informants. The results of the study showed that the common sickness of the Taclobanon was man-made by nature such as barang and hilo (poison). However, they believe that others were caused by supernatural beings known to them as kahuynon or engkanto (an enchanted being) such as ginbugkot (wherein human spirit has been carried away by an evil spirit), nahiungaran hin kataw (played by a mermaid), ginbuyong (lost by an evil spirit), and ginkakalagkalag (a belief in the presence of a dead person). In the cultural values particular in the physical dimension, it can be seen how people believe in nature’s ability to treat illnesses such as the haro (known as a herbal plant) which is used in treating a particular illness, and beliefs in enchanted beings. In the spiritual dimension, the belief of herb doctors (known as albularyo) in God to heal people with illness, and the beliefs in other creatures such as supernatural beings was also shown in the results of the study.

Keywords: beliefs; values; barang; engkanteo; albularyo



Cite this article:
Amat, A. B. (2020). Pag-uugat sa kultura ng pagkakasakit ng mga Taclobanon ng Hilagang Leyte. International Journal of Research Studies in Education, 9(3), 29-39.

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