Apo Whang-od is the oldest tattoo artist in the Philippines which makes her one of the living national treasures of the country. She is the last tattoo artist from the Butbut tribe in Kalinga called ‘mambabatok.’ Her particular designs of tattoos originated from symbols of pride from warriors and serves as marks of beauty for the female group of her tribe. That is why, tourists be it local or international are hurrying to get a tattoo from Apo Whang-od. However, meeting her is not easy as it looks which is why we listed 5 things people tattooed by Apo Whang-od can relate to.

1. The endless journey

Apo Whang-od resides at Buscalan, Kalinga. It is in the far northern part of the country. And by saying far, it literally means far because there is an estimated time of 14 to 16 hours of travel for tourists from Manila who wishes to visit Apo Whang-od. The excitement of meeting the last ‘mambabatok’ artist becomes the fuel of many tired travelers.

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