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.
I never stopped dreaming of seeing her, I pursued and endured the 17 hours and 30 minutes to be there.
THE BUTBUT TRIBE:
The Butbut tribe are known to be warriors. These people fought for their tribe and the tattoos on their body symbolizes their strength. They are from the tribe of headhunters and now, they are the most known tribe because of Apo Whang-Od. Since they have opened their portals to tourists who want to see the last mambabatok, quite a number of people are going up to the highlands of Buscalan especially during weekends and holidays. So I hope this blog can help aspiring artists and tourists to visit Apo Whang-Od and be inspired of how she consistently followed her passion in the field of arts, not just to encourage the Filipinos but the whole world in general.
Me enjoying the beautiful view of Buscalan
Loving Buscalan, wish to come back here soon
You may watch the video on how the process of the traditional tattoo is done by Apo Whang-Od.