Here’s the main highlight of my Philippines trip.. was just suppose to accompany Daryl to Buscalan, for him to get his tattoo butttt after a 9 hour bus ride and then a 4 hour jeepney ride( also sat on the roof of the jeepney which was very uncomfortable but the views were magnificent) before a short hike to reach this mountain, I decided to get the “signature” from the legendary Whang-Od who’s is 101 years old and is the oldest traditional Kalinga tribal tattoo artist (basically she’s a tattoo artist LEGEND)
Was also a fantastic experience staying in the village for one night with bare minimal necessities. No phone signal, no hot water, no aircond, no almost everything anddd I survived! #whangod#kalingatattoo
Something I’ve wanted to do for the longest time. Meet and get marked by the living legend, the eldest of the Butbut tribe, the last Mambabatok, the 102 year old, lovely woman Apo Whang-Od. Thank you so much, it was such an honor and pleasure to just be in your presence and watch you do your thing and of course also get marked myself with your very own signature batok of the three dots with just a pomelo thorn as your needle and a mixture of charcoal and a little water as your ink. The travel time and hike was definitely worth it. And hilarious that the rumors of you grabbing attractive men’s “personal area” are true (guess I am attractive 💁🏻♂️ 10 guys in our batch and I’m the only one she groped😅). But seriously you are perfect highlight to last month to end the year for me, thank so much and I look forward to visiting you and your tribe once again Apo. :) #ApoWhangod#WhangOd#mambabatok#batok#ethnic#traditionaltattoo#minimalist#minimal#handtapping#stickandpoke#ink#inked#travel#wanderlust#buscalan#kalinga#philippines
My the fourth ( ring finger) represent the Earth and the Sun.My fulfilment and desires is a greater visibility in my life. Blessing one time to our traditional kalinga tattooist ( APO #whangod ) the oldest Mambabatok in the philippines
Firsts should always be special.
Took me years of contemplating because the stigma associated with tattooed people appears to still exist. But I would like to think that most inked people on this modern age have them for a very personal reason no one should question.
Termed as "Batok" or the traditional hand tapped tattooing using charcoal, thorn and a bamboo stick. It is an inscription of culture on the body that can focus on religion, politics, warfare and rituals.
It was more than a 24hour journey, more than 400km distance, 20hour gruelling van ride, an hour of trekking heights before we reached the famous Buscalan village.
Nothing beautiful comes easy.
Plus having to see the lovely smile of the oldest mambabatok, Apo Whang Od, was very delightful.
An unforgettable experience, definitely one for the books. ----
On this day, I met a legend. I got starstrucked, just tried my best to keep it cool. 😃 Long before she became a household name, I already knew her from a documentary that I watched more than a decade ago. Never knew that one day, I’ll get to see her in person. I was hoping to get inked by her but because of certain circumstances, it didn’t happen during our visit. It almost happened though. Almost.
I wish to be back. And when or if that happens, I hope that she is still well and strong enough to do pagbabatok. 🤞
BANAUE - BUSCALAN - SAGADA GRAND BONFIRE FEST - BAGUIO TOUR (DEC.27-29)
P3500 PER PAX (3D2N)
FOR A GROUP OF 12 PARTICIPANTS ONLY!
NO HIDDEN CHARGES!!! 👍
- VAN TRANSFER (TOYOTA HIACE GRANDIA GL)
- ENTRANCE FEES/GUIDE FEES IN BUSCALAN
- LOCAL GUESTHOUSE ACCOMMODATION IN BUSCALAN (FIRST NIGHT)
- 3 HOSTED MEALS IN BUSCALAN (LUNCH, DINNER, BREAKFAST)
- REGISTRATION FEES IN SAGADA
- LOCAL GUESTHOUSE ACCOMMODATION IN SAGADA (SECOND NIGHT)
- DRIVER'S MEAL AND ACCOMMODATION
- GAS, TOLL FEES AND PARKING FEES
- ALL MEALS IN SAGADA
- ALL ENTRANCE FEES/GUIDE FEES IN ALL SITES IN SAGADA (ESTIMATED P500 TO P600 PER PAX)
- TATTOO IN BUSCALAN (P100 TO 1K)
- PORTER IN BUSCALAN (NEGOTIABLE)
- SAGADA GRAND BONFIRE FEST (P400 ENTRANCE FEE WITH MEAL)
7PM - ASSEMBLY (MCDO CENTRIS BESIDE BMW IN QUEZON AVE.)
7:30PM - ETD TO BUSCALAN
6AM - ETA BUSCALAN/START 1HR TREK TO THE VILLAGE
7AM - ETA BUSCALAN VILLAGE/REST/CHECK-IN/BREAKFAST
8AM - START TATTOO SESSIONS
12NN - LUNCH (FIRST HOSTED MEAL)
1PM - CONTINUE TATTOO SESSIONS
6PM - DINNER (SECOND HOSTED MEAL)
8PM - SOCIALS
10PM - LIGHTS OFF
6AM - WAKE-UP CALL/BREAKFAST
8AM - ETD TO SADAGA
11AM - ETA SAGADA/LUNCH (OWN ACCT)/CHECK-IN
1AM - START TOUR
*BOMOD-OK FALLS (2-3HRS TREK)
*LUMIANG AND SUMAGUING CAVE (2-3HRS CAVING)
4PM - SAGADA WEAVING, ECHO VALLEY HANGING COFFINS/ST. MARY'S CHURCH/CAMPO CEMETERY
5PM - SUNSET AT LAKE DANUM
7PM - DINNER OR SAGADA GRAND BONFIRE FEST (OPTIONAL)
4AM - WAKE-UP CALL/SUNRISE VIEWING AT KILTEPAN VIEWPOINT
7AM - BACK TO GUESTHOUSE/BREAKFAST/CHECK-OUT
8AM - ETD TO BAGUIO/LUNCH AT STOP OVER (OWN ACCT)
2PM - STRAWBERRY FARM/BUY PASALUBONG
4PM - ETD BACK TO MANILA/DINNER AT STOP OVER (OWN ACCT)
9PM - ETA MANILA
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I had the pleasure of doing a homestay with The Butbut Tribe to cap off an amazing weekend. Even though my stay with the tribe was short, it was truly an unforgettable and uplifting experience that I will cherish forever 🐍 🐍🐍 #Buscalan#Kalinga#Whangod#tattoo ALSO A HUGE S/O TO MY AWESOME COUSIN @jaitenmari FOR THE AMAZING WEEKEND 🦅🦅🦅