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Keywords : ailments; Batak; community doctors; food; health; health facilities; health practitioner; plants; secrets; strategies; treatment;

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This paper generated data on the resources and the practices that Batak utilize and perform to maintain their health. The researcher had employed qualitative ethnographic research design using triangulation method in conducting the unstructured interview with the 6 pure blood Batak, 19 Batak parents, a Barangay Health Worker and 2 Locals of Barangay in Sitio Manggapin, Barangay Langogan, Puerto Princesa City from April 2018 to May 2019. The information gathered were transcribed, coded, analyzed thematically. Data were validated by experts and Batak participants. Results revealed that Batak treated 16 out of 26 ailments by using different plants available in their community. They were the ones who prepare their medicines. They also believed that their ailments were caused by their environment and supernatural beings like bad spirits that is why they perform rituals such as patik-patik (beating the bamboo), sad (fight dance), layanlayan (music to the dance), sagda and pangangadi or pagdadasal (prayer). It was concluded that there were many secrets to health that the Batak practice everyday in their community. They also encounter problems that affect their health. The secrets revealed behind the survival of the Batak could be utilized as products that they can own and that will mark their culture. Documenting their beliefs and practices concerning health and not altering them can help the Batak learn how to conserve, protect and preserve the rich culture they have.

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