Photo and caption by Michal Duchek
A fascinating culture of the Igorot people brought me and my girlfriend to Kalinga. Head-hunting ceased decades ago, however, the motifs of Kalinga tattoos and the way they are being tattoed remains the same (charcoal and an orange thorn). We decided to visit this beautiful tribeswoman who is the last Kalinga tattoo artist. After a few days, long hours spent on buses and jeepneys, we were lucky to find a local guide Francis who brought us to Buscalan. We were overwhelmed how hospitable and friendly she is. Her natural beauty and her tattoo tempted me to ask her for a pose outside her dwelling.
IT’S APO WHANG OD ! :D One of the most respected elders in the Philippines and the most respected woman in regards to the movement of the reviving of our tattooing culture. Praise this woman and her awesomeness. Next year when I go back home I’m definitely planning on seeing her.
So many traditions are dying away because the youth are not interested. It’s not easy living out in the provinces and our collective culture is disappearing.