Tinglayan News

  • Kalinga Native Filipino Tattoos Philippines

    Most of the Kalinga women from Leg leg's generation have these full sleeve traditional tattoos.

    The younger people do not express any interest in keeping this tattoo tradition alive.

    Charcoal is made into a paste and then thorns from the calamansi trees were used as needles to decorate their bodies.

    Picture at left of traditional full sleeve tattoos from wrist to shoulder.

    Some women have a tattoo necklace in addition to the full sleeves as does guide Francis Pa In's mother.

    She is a kindly old woman that tends a sari sari store at the bend in the road just before you get to Tin ...

  • NCCA To Conduct Validation On Whang-ods Nomination As National Artist

    The National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is set to conduct validation on famous Kalinga tattoo artist Whang-od relative to her nomination as national artist.

    Provincial tourism officer Lorraine Ngao-I said a team of validators from the NCCA will visit Kalinga particularly Buscalan in Tinglayan municipality on August 11 to 14 for the second validation, a requirement before deliberation if she can be one of the cultural and heritage icons worthy of recognition.

    After the validation and affirmation by the NCCA her name will be submitted to the President for approval. Senator M ...

  • Whang-od Buscalan Philippines

    "The last mambabatok (traditional Kalinga tattooist) from the Butbut Kalinga people and the oldest tattoo artist in the Philippines". Born: 17 February 1917.

  • Meet This Badass 100 Year Old Tribal Tattoo Artist

    There are few things cooler than people continuing to be a badass into their old pensioner years. And while the term "badass" is totally overused and pretty annoying, we feel that's the perfect way to describe Whang Od, a 100-year-old who has dedicated her entire life to tattoos.

    The last remaining 'mambabatok' (traditional tattooist) in the Kalinga tribal community in the Philippines, Od has offered her hand-tapped body art from her hilltop hut to everyone in the neighbourhood – where tattoos used to be compulsory – as well as globe-trotting travellers.

    In a short documentary, direc ...

  • Whang Od The Tattoo Lady From Kalinga

    Whang-od Oggay is a Filipina tattoo artist from Buscalan, Tinglayan, Kalinga, Philippines. She is considered as the last mambabatok from the Butbut people in Buscalan Kalinga and the oldest tattoo artist in the Philippines.

  • Ang Pamana Ni Apo Whang-Od Sa Mga Susunod Na Henerasyon

    Sa edad na 97, patuloy pa rin si Apo Whang-Od sa pagbabatok. Pero dahil nais niyang mapreserba ang sinaunang sining, tinuruan na rin niya ang mga apo na magbatok.