Born into a poor rural setting in the Northern part of the Philippines, Alex grew up in a family devoted to spiritual healing and mediumship. Both his parents earned a modest living as farmers while they were also involved in the Union Espiritistas, thereby invoking the Holy Spirit when treating people in the neighbourhood. In this environment of prayer and healing, most of his brothers and sisters eventually became healers. Alex, was the youngest of his family and started his healing mission at the age of 14 through a premonitory dream of a paralyzed elder who could walk again after he treated her. From a young age he became well-known as a healer in the Philippines and abroad and was sought after by many patients as well as doctors and scientists. However, at the age of 18, he felt it was time to explore the world outside of his village and he wanted to escape from the long lines of people who waited every day for his healing. So he left his village and changed his name to Josef Viloria. He wandered around the northern parts of the Philippines for three years, accepting many different jobs and assignments to make a living. In this period, his health deteriorated gradually until he couldn't walk any more, while he kept hearing a voice urging him to continue his healing ministry.
At the age of 21, he finally returned back home to his family and his first patient turned out to be his mother, who had had a mental breakdown due to anxiety and worry about his absence. From this moment onwards, Alex Orbito started to dedicate himself entirely to his healing mission and as such he eventually became one of the most sought-after healers in the Philippines and beyond. The actress and author, Shirley Maclaine witnessed his healings over several years and described her personal experiences in her best-selling book, 'Going Within', which made him even more well-known across the world.
In his life, he has travelled to more than 60 countries around the world, treating the poor and the rich, the known and the unknown. Despite facing disbelief and scepticism, Alex Orbito has now, for nearly five decades, worked patiently and persistently to increase awareness of spiritual healing in the Philippines and around the world. Apart from his work as a healer, Alex founded the Philippine Healers' Circle Association in 1983, for which he has been elected President for Life, and also the Spiritual Help Foundation, which provides scholarships and finances community centers and schools in the areas of Cuyapo and Pangasinan in the Phillipines. In 1999, Alex inaugurated the Pyramid of Asia where international healing seminars and gatherings are held to facilitate learning, exchange and personal growth. In 1985 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the UN World Brotherhood Congress as an "outstanding and dedicated Envoy for Universal Peace, Goodwill and Understanding". He was also made a recipient, in 2000, of the prestigious Filipino Jose Rizal Award for his humanitarian works in the Philippines and abroad.