Whang-od awarded ‘Dangal ng Haraya’

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Whang-od Oggay of Buscalan finally receives an award for preserving and celebrating the traditional art of tattooing

LIVING LEGEND. Whang-od Oggay of Buscalan finally receives an award for preserving and celebrating the traditional art of tattooing. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – For her “work as a manwhatok and her influence on the Filipino traditional arts scene leading to a heightened awareness about the culture of the Kalinga community,” world-renowned Whang-od Oggay of Buscalan village was conferred the Dangal ng Haraya Award for Intangible Cultural Heritage. (READ: Whang-od to receive Dangal ng Haraya award)

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Whang-od received the award during a ceremony in Tabuk City, Kalinga. 

“Apo Whang Od has long been recognized and respected in her community as a master tattooist. Her practice started in her early adolescence and has since tattooed elders, women, and warriors from her community in the traditional Kalinga practice – using charcoal as ink and calamansi thorns to puncture the skin,” the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) had earlier said in a press release.

The Dangal ng Haraya award is given to living Filipino artists, cultural workers, and historians; artistic or cultural groups; historical societies; institutions; foundations; and councils, for their outstanding achievements in relevant fields that have made an impact on, and significant contribution to, Philippine culture and arts. – Rappler.com