Tinglayan, Kalinga

The Butbut Kalinga reside in Tinglayan, Kalinga. Farming is their main source of livelihood, as the province has a rugged and mountainous topography. They have a reputation for being "the strong people of the Cordilleras." At the same time, Kalingas greatly value family and kinship, thus, the household, extended household of the kinship circle, and territorial region are significant units of Kalin ...

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  • Traditional Filipino Tattoo Artist Apo Whang Od Is In Manila

    Traditional Filipino Tattoo Artist Apo Whang Od Is In Manila

    It would normally take half a day to visit legendary hand-tap tattoo artist Apo Whang Od at the Philippine highland village of Buscalan in Tinglayan, Kalinga but this week, Whang Od came down for a rare visit to the the 66th Manila Fame, a local design trade show happening this weekend.

    Yesterday, her grand niece and apprentice Grace Palicas posted photos of their helicopter trip to Manila.

    Upon arriving yesterday, Whang Od met her celebrity crush, actor Coco Martin.

    The moment was shared on the actors Facebook page.

    Im happy even though you werent able to visit us because now weve ...

  • Whang-uds Dream Comes True As She Finally Meets Coco Martin

    Whang-uds Dream Comes True As She Finally Meets Coco Martin

    You can't really blame Whang-ud, the iconic mambabatok of Kalinga, if she has her head in the clouds at the moment, as she was flown to Manila in a helicopter to meet her idol, Coco Martin.

    Whang-ud made a special trip from her home village of Buscalan to Manila, where the "Ang Probinsyano" star is based.

    In photos shared by ABS-CBN News' Jeff Fernando, the world-renowned centenarian tattooist could be seen with a wide grin on her face as Martin wrapped his arm over her shoulders during their meeting.

    Whang-ud was accompanied by her apo, Grace Palisca, who also shared photos of her gr ...

  • Skin Talk In Kalinga

    Skin Talk In Kalinga

    Travel up to the north of Busculan, Kalinga and witness the thousand-year-old traditional art form of batok. Long ago, warriors or headhunters of the Butbut tribe earned their tattoos by killing their enemies and protecting their village. Whang Od has been inking headhunters, women of the tribe, and now tourists for over 80 years. The tattoo ink is charcoal tapped to the skin with a pomelo thorn. The long land travel is exhausting, but getting that ethnic Kalinga tattoo will be worth it!

    Why visit Kalinga?

    The thrill of riding on top of a jeepney.

    The mode of transportation from Bonto ...

  • Traditional Hand-tap Tattoo In Kalinga

    Traditional Hand-tap Tattoo In Kalinga

    Out there in Buscalan, Kalinga, we witnessed the art of pagbabatok or hand-tap tattoo.

    Buscalan is the home of 96-year old Apo Whang-od, the most famous tattoo artist in the Philippines. She practices the ancient art of pagbabatok which was believed to be taught by the gods themselves. It makes use of the thorn of a Pomelo plant which the tattoo artist uses like a chisel with charcoal as ink.

    Unfortunately, the art of pagbabatok is dying fast. It has not been properly preserved from the start. During the time of Spanish colonialism, the Spaniards deemed tattoos inappropriate so they bann ...

  • Apo Whang Od I Got Inked In Buscalan Kalinga

    We travelled 12 hours from Manila to Tinglayan, Kalinga to reach Buscalan Village wherein the last mambabatok lives.

    Sharing a short clip last July 21-23, 2017 to meet a 100-year-old Kalinga Tattooist - Apo Whang Od.

  • Whang-od Isa Lang Ang Hiling Kay Coco Martin

    Tampok ang kagalingan ng mga Pinoy tattoo artist sa Dutdutan Festival 2017 ngayong weekend sa World Trade Center, Pasay City.

    Sa aktuwal na tattoo demo, ipinakita ang iba't ibang design at latest trends tulad ng pagtatato ng mukha at imahe ng mga artistang tulad ni Liza Soberano.

    Pinakasentro ng atensyon ang booth ng bantog na Kalinga artist na si Whang-ud at kanyang pamilya.

    Sa edad na 100 taong gulang, si Whang-ud ang pinakamatandang Pinoy tattoo artist mula Buscalan, Kalinga.

    Dahil sa pagkahilo, hindi nakarating si Whang-ud pero pinagpistahan ng media ang kanyang apo (grand niec ...