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

  • 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 ...

  • Whang-Od Nominated For Gawad Manlilikha Ng Bayan

    Whang-Od Nominated For Gawad Manlilikha Ng Bayan

    Traditional tattoo artist Whang-Od Oggay has been nominated by the Senate for the Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan (GAMABA) or the National Living Treasures Award for fostering and preserving the traditional tattoo art of Kalinga.

    Resolution 2, introduced by Senators Juan Edgardo Angara and Nancy Binay and adopted by the Senate Tuesday afternoon, stated Whang-Od was the only surviving Kalinga traditional tattoo artist with the distinguished title of "mambabatok" or a master tattooist of "batek," or the folk skin inscriptions of Kalinga.

    "The continuity of the batek is anchored on the well-be ...

  • Meet Apo Whang Od The Last Kalinga Tattoo Artist

    Whang-od Oggay born February 17, 1917) also known as Maria Oggay, is a Filipina tattoo artist from Buscalan, Tinglayan, Kalinga, Philippines. She is often described as the "last" and oldest mambabatok (traditional Kalinga tattooist) and is part of the Butbut people of the larger Kalinga ethnic group.

  • How To Get A Tribal Tattoo From The Legendary Whang Od

    How To Get A Tribal Tattoo From The Legendary Whang Od

    Whang Od, the last of the Mambabatoks.

    The wind whistled past my face as I sat atop the jeepney, my eyes stretched wide to take in the plunging landscape whipping past me. Electro-swing pumped through my headphones as I held on tight to the metal roof-rack, my fingers white from the biting wind.

  • The Last Kalinga Tattoo Artist Whang Od

    Meet Whang Od. She lives in the Philippines and is the last master of the art of traditional, hand-tapped Filipino tattoos.

    Whang Od is 93 and her body is adorned with snakes and millipedes. She is the last practitioner of a very special art form and all she needs for this art form, are charcoal, water, a dash of sugar cane juice for shine, and the thorns of the orange tree, which she uses as needles. Shes highly sought after by young people around the world. The film accompanies Charly and Egan, two brave young men who have travelled to the remote village Buscalan to meet Whang Od. "Some ...