Our Story

We have a story worth sharing. And Dr. P. Baclig is the storyteller.

The story begins when I was 5 years old. My mother was seriously ill and had to be airlifted from Bukidnon to Manila. I followed to play my ukulele for her, to remind her that she had children to live for. My mother lived until 91 years old and my father enjoyed his super bonus of 94 years. They were known as “the last couple standing”. My parents brought forth seven children. Very few believe that my mother endured six Caesarian operations for her children. I have a brother Melchor, who was born with Down Syndrome. Melchor is our King, born on January 5, 1960. As of this writing we will be celebrating his 59th birthday having survived two major abdominal surgeries. I ask, what is the origin of their health?

When I was 9 years old, I told my father that I was going to be a doctor to serve our family. Eventually, this ideal actually meant – you wait until they are ready to listen. Yet many years hence, when I ask myself , “what makes you happy?” – I am grateful that I can honestly say : “It is when I am able to truly help people”.

With this wish, I became a member of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Medicine, Class of 1980. My class, is my oasis in the desert I must traverse, being a “disruptor” of mainstream practice. As a student of medicine, I realized that I was more excited about health and  prevention of disease rather than about illness. At the Philippine General Hospital, I encountered disease and suffering  at its worst, affecting not only one child, or one mother or one farmer, but a multitude of them from different regions of the country. These encounters became my most potent motivation  to first teach health, so that treatment of disease becomes more manageable and affordable.  Today, as I teach health in my clinic, I follow the maze of biochemical pathways we used to memorize,  only to pass the exams. At present, since  we now can measure what is happening inside the cell, these pathways lead us back to  what nutrients  the cell requires to optimize health.

In 1985, I chose to train in Family and Community Medicine instead of  Orthopedics and then took my Masters in Public Health, in Hawaii. I believed then, that if a doctor wants to teach health effectively, one teaches health to the family and the community. Thus, after completing my trainings I returned to Bukidnon, in 1994 to set up my own model of a Family and Community Medicine Practice. I started to practice in my biodynamic farm in Bukidnon. My first prescription was biodynamic rice, vegetables, fruits, eggs, chicken.

This continues to be one of the first prescriptions in our practice today. While in Mindanao, I trained mothers and farmers and their children in  urban and rural communities on the Seven Flagships of Family Health which I designed. Learning with them are unforgettable, vivid salutogenic memories that have kept me going. Infact, these trainings are ongoing to this day. The mothers, farmers, and their children became partner-practitioners in the clinic and the community. Some of them were traditional Filipino healers and we were able to help more people because we worked well together. We ran Corporate Wellness Programs so we could reach more people. I recall those programs with a deep sense of joy and fulfillment. During this time, Damarisa Ceriales, a Registered Nurse and our current Clinic Manager travelled for almost 24 hours from Zamboanga City to join us, fresh from her graduation and right after passing her Board Examination in Nursing. She has remained with the clinic as the sentinel, safeguarding the spirit for which the clinic was created.

The next years were spent studying and understanding the other systems of medicine that we did not learn in school. Some of these systems were practised centuries ago with health as the core teaching.  I pursued these studies ardently, determined to incorporate them into an  effective clinical practice.  This is how I became a Certified Medical Acupuncturist, a Certified Anthroposophic Medicine Physician, a Certified Art and Biography Therapist.

Damarisa also graduated as the first Anthroposophic Rhythmical Massage Therapist in the country and later the first Anthroposophic Nurse Specialist.   We designed our practice, interweaving these systems of medicine with the allopathic, pathogenic medicine we had been trained to master. Anthroposophic Medicine introduced us to the word ‘salutogenesis’ coined by Aaron Antonovsky, to mean the origin (genesis) of health (Latin, salus) The name Clinica Salutare and the guiding framework-salutogenic medicine evolved from this discovery.

In 2007, we moved to Manila where we were needed most, as we had been told.   We called our practice Integrative Family Medicine, the coming together of salutogenesis (health) and pathogenesis ( illness). I pursued studies in Integrative Medicine in the United States and Nutrient Medicine with Dr. William Walsh in Australia. With salutogenesis in mind, I tracked down osteopaths in the Philippines and invited the pioneer practitioners of osteopathy to practice with me. Our openness to work together is key to our successful outcomes in client care. Currently, these pioneer osteopath practitioners are with us in the clinic. Bertilino Cinco , our Senior Osteopath practices with two other osteopaths, John Bermudez and Isabella Diaz. Our early trainings in Anthroposophic Medicine brought Ma. Carmen Paz Escay, our Therapeutic Artist and Biographical Counsellor to be part of the team.  Ms. Beatrix Aileen Sison became our Psychologist and Play Therapist. We look forward to Therapeutic Musicians and Music Therapists to be an active part of our team once again.

In 2010, I reconnected with  Dr. Theodore Achacoso, who revisited the Philippines to practice  Nutrient Medicine and Interventional Endocrinology , as taught in Europe. Ted was known as the genius- intern in PGH when I was a resident in training.  Under a special mentorship arrangement with him, I experienced first-hand the effectivity of the new framework for clinical practice which he invented. Our clients were feeling well, thinking well and looking well. In 2014, this framework was registered and patented as Health Optimization Medicine (HOMe) a distinct framework for Health Management.

Ted differentiated HOMe from Integrative, Allopathic, Alternative and Functional Medicine which were all based on Illness Management. Together with the other doctors in the clinic, Dr. Isabel Quilendrino -a Developmental Pediatrician and Dr. Raymund Peter Quilendrino, a General Surgeon we became the pioneer specialists in Health Optimization Medicine in the Philippines where this framework was first developed. Last April 2018, Health Optimizaton Medicine was launched in the USA and will be taught globally to doctors (HOMe-Health Optimization Medicine) and non-doctors (HOPe-Health Optimization Practice).

In 2010, I reconnected with  Dr. Theodore Achacoso, who revisited the Philippines to practice  Nutrient Medicine and Interventional Endocrinology , as taught in Europe. Ted was known as the genius- intern in PGH when I was a resident in training.  Under a special mentorship arrangement with him, I experienced first-hand the effectivity of the new framework for clinical practice which he invented. Our clients were feeling well, thinking well and looking well. In 2014, this framework was registered and patented as Health Optimization Medicine (HOMe) a distinct framework for Health Management.

Ted differentiated HOMe from Integrative, Allopathic, Alternative and Functional Medicine which were all based on Illness Management. Together with the other doctors in the clinic, Dr. Isabel Quilendrino -a Developmental Pediatrician and Dr. Raymund Peter Quilendrino, a General Surgeon we became the pioneer specialists in Health Optimization Medicine in the Philippines where this framework was first developed. Last April 2018, Health Optimizaton Medicine was launched in the USA and will be taught globally to doctors (HOMe-Health Optimization Medicine) and non-doctors (HOPe-Health Optimization Practice).

In 2015, Efrilyn Barroga our Staff Nurse and Clinic Administrative Officer was introduced  to us . Efrilyn is the warmth who welcomes you and makes sure all is well as you leave.

In 2017, October we moved to our new home in Bonifacio Global City.  Our young and precious backroom staff are Jonalyn Mendoza and Lyndon Vergara

“How did you bring all these good people under one roof?’   – we are often asked about Us, Our Team.

I believe we have found each other through our common heritage:  we are created differently and specifically, for salutogenesis.

Today, we believe we have come full circle.  We are mentored and enriched by our many encounters with people and their sacred stories.  We have the clear , effective framework of Health Optimization Medicine tested for a decade and ongoing. We have older systems of medicine interwoven into our approach to caring. Clinica Salutare is Your  Specialist in the Clinical Practice of Salutogenesis.  As such, we reach out to our colleagues, the experts  in Pathogenesis for Co-management.We are Your Salutogenic Boutique  Clinic – dedicated to serve the clients,  their families , their companies who have been specifically assigned to us.