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

  • Celebrated Kalinga Tattoo Artist Apo Whang-od To Receive NCCA Award

    Celebrated Kalinga Tattoo Artist Apo Whang-od To Receive NCCA Award

    The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is set to grant the revered "manwhatok" (tattooist) Apo Whang-od Oggay the 2018 Dangal ng Haraya Award for Intangible Cultural Heritage. The formal awarding ceremonies will take place at the Kalinga Capitol Plaza, Tabuk, Kalinga, on June 25, 5 p.m.

    In a special resolution during its meeting last May 2 in Davao City, the NCCA board chaired by National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario recognized Whang-od as one of the oldest living traditional whatok (tattoo) practitioners of the Kalinga community.

    In the resolution, the NCCA re ...

  • NCCA Awards Whang Od

    NCCA Awards Whang Od

    The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is set to award Kalinga icon, Maria "Whang Od" Oggay the Dangal ng Haraya Award for Intangible Cultural Heritage.

    Whang-Od is believed to be the oldest mambabatok (traditional Kalinga tattooist) who has practiced the ancient art of hand tapped tattoos in Buscalan village in the Municipality of Tinglayan at Province of Kalinga.

    The NCCA, led by chairman and National Artist Virgilio Almario, is set to award Whang Od in a ceremony at the Kalinga Capitol Plaza, 25 June.

    In a Special Resolution recognized the role of Whang Od as one o ...

  • A 101-Year-Old Tattoo Artist Is Teaching Girls To Ink For Independence

    A 101-Year-Old Tattoo Artist Is Teaching Girls To Ink For Independence

    After a grueling hike through the jungle, traversing valleys and vibrant rice terraces to the top of the mountain where the teetering village awaits, visitors, tourists, and fans arrive sweaty and gleeful at Buscalan village, Kalinga, in the Philippines far north.

  • Journey To Buscalan: Meeting Whang-Od The Last And The Oldest Mambabatok

    Journey To Buscalan: Meeting Whang-Od The Last And The Oldest Mambabatok

    After our outreach program (check: The Kids of Buscalan), we finally had the chance to visit Whang Od. We were once again greeted with an overwhelming crowd but not as many as before. Mr Atong Laguiao assisted us all through out. We all waited patiently to get inked by the living legend. Seeing Whang Od was actually satisfying enough but I don?t think my trip will be completed without getting her signature tattoo. I just had my very first tattoo that day after all (which was still painful that time) so how much pain three dots will bring right?

  • Abscbnpr Com Kuya Kim Gets First Tattoo From Apo Whang Od In Matanglawin Anniversary Special

    Abscbnpr Com Kuya Kim Gets First Tattoo From Apo Whang Od In Matanglawin Anniversary Special

    "Matanglawin" caps off its month-long anniversary celebration with host Kim Atienza traveling north to Buscalan, Kalinga to get the rare opportunity to meet and get inked by Apo Whang Od, Kalingas last traditional tattoo artist or "mambabatok."

    Join Kuya Kim ‪this Sunday (March 25), 9:45am ‬in his exciting journey to the home of the Butbut tribe to learn more about the person who carved out symbols of valor and victory on warriors as part of their culture.

    To celebrate Apo Whang Ods 101st birthday, the Trivia King is also getting his very first tattoo the traditional way, whi ...

  • Ant-Man And The Wasp Star Evangeline Lilly Has Much Respect For Whang-ud

    Ant-Man And The Wasp Star Evangeline Lilly Has Much Respect For Whang-ud

    She plays a superhero in the upcoming Marvel Studios flick, "Ant-Man and the Wasp."

    And on Wednesday actress Evangeline Lilly took a second to highlight on Instagram another strong woman, Filipina traditional tattoo artist Whang-ud Oggay.

    She shared with her half a million followers a photo of the "mambabatok" from Kalinga, who was recently nominated for the country's Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan or the National Living Treasures Award.

    Lilly captioned her post with only Whang-ud's name and the hashtags that read "beauty," "age," and "power."

    Whang-ud is known as the last surviving ...