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
Politikos have nothing but praises for Kalinga tattoo artist Apo Whang-od Oggay who received a national award for her significant contributions to preserving and promoting Philippine art and culture.
The 100-year-old artist was awarded the 2018 Dangal ng Haraya Award for Intangible Cultural Heritage by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Monday.
Senator Loren Legarda congratulated Apo Whang-od on her latest cultural awar, saying she has kept alive the tradition of Kalinga's form of tattooing even in the face of modern body art.
"Despite Whang-od's old age and dwind ...
The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) conferred the Dangal ng Haraya Award for Intangible Cultural Heritage on manwhatok (tattoo folk artist) Apo Whang-Od Oggay tonight, June 25, at the Kalinga Capitol Plaza, Tabuk, Kalinga.
It is the first time that the award has been given to a traditional or folk artist. Past recipients have been the late Sen. Edgardo Angara, architect Augusto Villalon, journalist Susan Calo Medina, anthropologist and former National Museum director Jesus Peralta, and Sen. Loren Legarda.
Legarda herself conferred the award on Whang-Od.
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Senator Loren Legarda is hopeful that the younger generations in Kalinga will take on the responsibility of learning the skills and expertise of legendary tattoo artist, Apo Whang-od.
Legarda made the remark as she congratulated Apo Whang-od for being conferred the title Dangal ng Haraya by the National Commission of Culture and Arts.
She urged the younger generations in Kalinga to continue Whang-Od's tradition "so that this symbolic Filipino art will never have to fade away."
Legarda noted how Whang-od has dedicated her whole life to her craft as she continues the art form and stands ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.