The Oldest Tattoo Artist of Kalinga

Weekly Vlog 002: Meeting Apo Whang Od

This is part 2 of our Kalinga weekly vlog series and it’s all about meeting the legendary Apo Whang Od, dubbed as the last mambabatok of Kalinga. Because of her, the traditional batok is alive up to this day. After our top load experience, we started our two hour hike going to Buscalan Village.

Climbing down Buscalan Cliff

The hike was both memorable and perilous because we need to brave a ravine called the Buscalan Cliff and climb thousand flight of stairs going up to the village which is estimated at around 1,500 feet. Tired from arduous long travel, we felt rewarded from the amazing scenery of the place.

Apo Whang Od

Our exhaustion was even more eliminated when we met Apo Whang Od herself and received their well-known traditional tattoo. Here’s our video about this experience:

For more details, check out our travel story here:

If you want to visit this beautiful place, you can also check our travel guide here: