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We visited the Buscalan, Kalinga to see Apo Whang-od, and to see how the traditional tattoo was being done.

Apo Whang-od is considered to be the last Mambabatok or traditional tattoo artist from Butbut tribe.  She trained her grandnieces, Grace and Ilyang.  The skills can only be transferred to her relatives.img_6576

They are using mixed of charcoal and water and torn of calamansi for tattooing.

You can choose the traditional designs they have.  Every design has meaning.

They will create a pattern before they do the tattoo.

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I had an opportunity to have photos with the artists.

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Apo Whang-Od

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Grace

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Ilyang

 

You may read  3 Days and 2 Nights: Sagada and Buscalan Adventure…Buscalan Journey on how to go to Buscalan.

 

 

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