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

  • Whang-od Receives Postal ID

    Apo Whang-od, the legendary tattoo artist of Barangay Butbut, Buscalan in Kalinga Province, finally had her identity being a recipient of a Postal identification (ID) card as part of the Philippine Postal Service anniversary celebration.

    Forty other Butbut tribe members received their postal ID cards in the area, painstakingly brought by the personnel of the Philippine Postal Service Office.

    Norrell Decosto, brand officer of the Filmetrics Corporation, PHLPost Biometrics Data Service Facility said the ID card is the most highly sought government identification card which are readily avai ...

  • The Oldest Tattoo Artist Of Kalinga

    This is part 2 of our Kalinga weekly vlog series and it's all about meeting the legendary Apo Whang Od, dubbed as the last mambabatok of Kalinga. Because of her, the traditional batok is alive up to this day. After our top load experience, we started our two hour hike going to Buscalan Village.

  • Discover The Legend Of The Kalinga Tribal Tattoos

    Whang Od is 92 years old and she is the last Kalinga tattoo maker (Philippines). According to specialists this practice is about a thousand years old and was.

    The Journey North: Through the Eyes of Kalinga Tradition - A video documentary on Batok, by Pacifico Andreo S. Magno (UP DILIMAN, COLLEGE OF FINE.

  • My Kalinga Tattoos From Apo Whang Od

    My tattoos from Buscalan.

  • Viajera Vlog Kalinga

    Kalinga travel featuring Buscalan Village in Tinglayan, Kalinga. It's where the last remaining traditional tattoo artist Apo Whang-od lives. Alongside are adventures to Buscalan's rice terraces and waterfalls.

  • Apo Whang Od Ang Huling Mambabatok Ng Cordillera

    Sinadya ng 'Brigada' ang Buscalan sa Kalinga upang kumustahin si Apo Whang-Od, ang huling mambabatok sa Cordillera. Dahil sa kanyang pambabatok, ito ay dinarayo na ng mga turista sa iba't ibang bahagi ng bansa at mundo, kung kaya'y ninonomina na siyang National Artist. Ano kaya ang masasabi niya rito?

    Aired: May 16, 2017

    Watch 'Brigada', Tuesday nights at 8 PM on GMA News TV, hosted by Jessica Soho.