Apo Whang-Od

Tinglayan, Kalinga

Based in the Mountain Province in Buscalan, in the remote northern Cordillera Mountains and Ifugao highlands of the Philippines, lives the oldest known female tattooist, 96-year-old Whang Od. She belongs to a Kalinga headhunting tribe(butbut). To this clan of fierce Igorot warriors, an ancient history associated with themes of otherness and difference, as well as representations of beauty and powe ...

rful collectivity are an inherent part of contemporary traditions. The Kalinga's commune with nature has created a life that integrates philosophical and geographical independence through creative, agricultural and educational sustainability.

Apo Whang-Od News

  • Apo Whang-Od Turns 100 Immortalizing The Kalinga Tattoo Art

    Years passing by have pushed history and rapid change around us to come forth, yet the talent and passion of our country’s eldest tattoo artist (and possibly the last of her kind) remains etched in ink.

    Apo Whang-Od celebrated her 100th birthday last February 17. Whang-Od (or Fang-Od) is recognized all over the world for tattooing batek (the term for the traditional Kalinga tattoo art) for more than 80 years, saying she began to fully embrace the art form when she was around 9 or 12. She hails from the small village of Buscalan, Tinglayan in the province of Kalinga, in the Cordillera Admi ...

  • Ang Pamana Ni Apo Whang-Od Sa Mga Susunod Na Henerasyon

    Sa edad na 97, patuloy pa rin si Apo Whang-Od sa pagbabatok. Pero dahil nais niyang mapreserba ang sinaunang sining, tinuruan na rin niya ang mga apo na magbatok.

  • Apo Fang Od The Oldiest And Last Mambabatok Of Kalinga Apayao

    Whang-od Oggay is a Filipina tattoo artist from Buscalan, Tinglayan, Kalinga, Philippines. She is considered as the last mambabatok (traditional Kalinga tattooist) from the Butbut tribe in Buscalan Kalinga and the oldest tattoo artist in the Philippines.

  • Whang-od Still Going Strong

    Despite her fragile age, Kalinga's oldest mambabatok Maria "Whang-od" Oggay, continues draw her share of visitors at her small village, Buscalan, in Tinglayan town Kalinga.

    Believed to be over 100 years old, Whang- od was reported to be sick the past weeks which prompted a viral panic over social media.

    However, Tinglayan tourism officer Johnny Tigganay said Whang-od remains strong and can still manage to entertain her visitors every day.

    Tigganay said over the weekend, some 200 local and foreign tourists with officials of the National Youth Commission, Film Development Center of the ...

  • Look Liza Dino Gets Traditional Tattoo

    Celebrity couple Aiza Seguerra and Liza Dino paid a visit to Apo Whang-od, the oldest "mambabatok" in Tinglayan, Kalinga province.

    They went to see her after they learned that Whang-od has been suffering from an illness and refuses to go to a hospital.

    In a series of posts on Instagram, Dino happily shared that Whang-od is now doing fine and just needs a nebulizer.

    Dino also thanked Whang-od for keeping the practice of the traditional art of "batuk" alive.

    "Salamat sa inyong ambag sa sining at kultura ng Kalinga. Isa kang tunay na kayamanan ng ating bansa," Dino wrote.

    As part o ...

  • Tattoo Hunter Kalinga Of The Philippines

    Is a Filipina tattoo artist from Buscalan, Tinglayan, Kalinga, Philippines. She is considered as the last mambabatok (traditional Kalinga tattooist) from the Butbut tribe in Buscalan Kalinga and the oldest tattoo artist in the Philippines.