Co-Founder and Former Co-Director: Baylan Megino

Baylan MeginoBaylan Megino is a business consultant who helps integrate the business owner’s personal goals into the daily workings of the company. Trained in several healing modalities, Baylan addresses the multidimensionality of all beings in all her work. She is a business speaker, event organizer, marketing consultant, and community advocate. Baylan is the Principal of White Light Associates, the President of the El Cerrito Chamber of Commerce, the National Assistant Secretary of the Filipino American National Historical Society, on the board of the San Francisco Filipino American Jazz Festival, and is very active in the advocacy work of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations.

Personal Statement

I have been interested in Filipino indigenous culture since my early days with Philippine folkdancing. I was drawn to the babaylan image, concept, and spirit through these dances, especially through the Dugso.

As a Filipina American, I find myself as a bridge between two cultures. As a healer, I find myself as a bridge between worlds. While exploring my cultural heritage and its connection with my healing work, I had a clear vision in which my Filipina Grandmother passed the family’s ancestral legacy of healing to me. At the same time, I was given my name. My journey since then has been an unfolding of who I am as Baylan.

Without direct access to Filipino ancestral knowledge or to babaylan tradition at the time, I looked to Native American, Hawaiian, Asian, and Western systems for guidance. I found myself learning about different healing modalities in an attempt to carry on my family legacy. At the same time, I learned the intricate dance of being in business.

At the Babaylan listserve, I finally met other women who sought to bring into the world the Filipina creative expressions for our intuitive knowing and spiritual practice. Here I found a community that understood and supported the lifework I was creating — integrating body, mind, and spirit in our personal and professional lives.

My work has always focused on helping others shine their light in the world. I trust this conference and the Center’s work will assist in revealing and sharing the true richness that is the babaylan today.
I am committed to supporting the Babaylan conference in order to grow this community as a container for the ancestral legacies of our grandparents and babaylan ancestors.