Whang-od Oggay

Apo Whang-Od Oggay, also known as Maria Oggay, is a Filipino tattoo artist from Buscalan, Tinglayan, Kalinga, Philippines. She is often described as the "last" and oldest mambabatok (traditional Kalinga tattooist) and is part of the Butbut people of the larger Kalinga ethnic group. Her tattoo ink is composed of the soot from a pot of pine resin which is mixed with water. The tattoo is then applied using a thorn from a pomelo tree. Whang-Od has been practicing the art of batok (tattoo) since she was 15 years old and continues to practice it today at the age of over 100.

How long has Whang-Od been practicing the art of batok?

Whang-Od has been practicing the art of batok (tattooing) since she was 15 years old. She continues to practice this traditional art form to this day, making her a highly respected and skilled mambabatok (traditional Kalinga tattooist). Whang-Od's dedication to preserving and passing on this cultural heritage has made her an iconic figure in the world of traditional Filipino tattooing.

How did Whang-Od become a mambabatok?

Whang-Od became a mambabatok, a traditional Kalinga tattooist, through her cultural heritage and lineage. She learned the art of batok (tattooing) from her father and other relatives who were also skilled in this traditional practice. Growing up in the Butbut tribe of the Kalinga ethnic group in the Philippines, Whang-Od was immersed in the rich tradition of tattooing that has been passed down through generations. From a young age, she observed and apprenticed under her elders, honing her skills and mastering the techniques of traditional Kalinga tattooing. Through years of practice and dedication, Whang-Od became a renowned mambabatok, carrying on the legacy of this ancient art form and preserving her cultural heritage for future generations.

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