According to locals in Banahaw, the mountain is holy ground. Centuries ago, devotees have to walk barefoot upon approaching. No one is allowed to pee or poop, and everyone has to bring a stout, hollowed bamboo so they can urinate and dump the contents away from the mountain after they left. Nowadays, things have changed already.
The same thing is true during the Philippine-American War. But the Americans brought modernization in the country, as well as an effective campaign to make Filipinos embrace them fully. It was a campaign called "education" and Westernization. Our countrymen embraced the new colonizers with open arms and so began a new era with the Philippines becoming Westernized and industrialized.
The Filipino Culture is bound by many traditions, beliefs and superstitions. The richness of our history and culture is our inheritance from our ancestors in the past, yet the heirs seem to pursue other things. We have forgotten a lot, and many are in danger of getting forever lost to modernization and globalization. Our traditional healing, although "native," is very effective and systematic. Unfortunately, it is misunderstood and taken advantage of, thus the bad reputation. Even what is being taught presently as "Hilot" in many training centers is a sad attempt to replicate traditional and historical modalities, according to our informant.