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.

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  • A Chance To Meet Apo Whang-Od In June 2017

    A Chance To Meet Apo Whang-Od In June 2017

    In a far away land of Kalinga Apayao, in a place called Buscalan, a 101-year-old woman named Apo Whang-Od (pronounced as fang -od) is known to be the new Filipino National Artist. Apo Whang-Od belongs to the Butbut tribe and she was their warriors' tattooist. Fast forward to today's time, people from the lowlands are unceasingly climbing up to the mountains of Buscalan just to see Apo Whang-Od and if fortunate enough, to be marked by the only living tattooist of the Butbut tribe.

  • A Journey To Buscalan Meeting The Oldest And Youngest Tattoo Artists Of Kalinga Prologue

    A Journey To Buscalan Meeting The Oldest And Youngest Tattoo Artists Of Kalinga Prologue

    I recently posted an entry on how can you make your travel a lot more meaningful through a so-called Voluntourism (Check : Start Making Your Travel More Meaningful Through Voluntourism). It is where travelers are visiting places not just for the adventures alone but also a way to help to develop local communities through charity works. It was truly a rewarding experience to be part of such meaningful tour and allow me to share you my recent and possibly one of my longest travel so far. Last May, I was lucky enough to spot a group tour organized by Yabang Outdoor. They hosted a Three-day tour t ...

  • Meet Whang Od Oggay The Philippines Oldest Tattoo Artist

    Meet Whang Od Oggay The Philippines Oldest Tattoo Artist

    Surrounded by lush rice terraces and undulating landscape, the mountain village of Buscalan is home to just 200 or so households. It rests in the Kalinga province of the Philippines and is about a 15-hour drive north of Manila.

    Yet thousands of tourists come here every year to meet Whang Od Oggay, the Philippines' oldest mambabatok -- or traditional Kalinga tattooist. Roughly 100 years old, Whang Od has been performing the ancient art of hand-tapped tattoos since she was 15.

    "The tradition will continue as long as people keep coming to get tattoos," Whang Od tells CNN Travel. "As long as ...

  • Apo Whang-Od

    Apo Whang-Od The oldest traditional tattoo artist in the Philippines & considered as the last Mambabatok in Kalinga, Butbut (the strong people of the Cordilleras)Tribe.

    Before you reach Apo Whang Od's hut.
    - You need to travel 9 to 10 hours from manila
    - 3 hours top-load if punuan (riding on top of a jeepney)
    - 1- 2 hours climb, The climb was steep if maulan
    - Note : If you have sensitive skin you should get an anti tetanus.

    Visit Apo Whang-Od in Kalinga, Buscalan book your ticket bit.ly/CEBmobileapp-TravelThoughts.

  • DIY Travel Guide To Have Apo Wang Ods Tattoo In Kalinga

    DIY Travel Guide To Have Apo Wang Ods Tattoo In Kalinga

    I once told myself that I will only agree to get inked aka get a tattooed if it is Apo Wang Od, the oldest (95 years old) living mambabatok (traditional tattooe artist) in Kalinga province of the Philippines. While until now I found no chance of getting there, I am happy to share to you one brave woman who was able to do something that I dream and fear at the same time. With her permission, I would like to share to you the DIY way to Apo Wang Od's place to get a tattoo. Note that this is Tagalong and English mixed information because I want to preserve what Lynn has said straight from her own ...

  • Byaheng Buscalan, Road To Apo Whang Od

    This is my first ever travel video, hope you like it!!! =)Honestly, I was struggling doing this video since I am new to this and I only used my cheap gadgets that I had. But on the other hand, this is one of the most memorable travel experience since I got my first inked by the Philippine Legendary Tattoo Artist App Whang Od. Hope you enjoy watching this.