Philippine arts

WATCH: Why Nas Academy hit pause on Philippine operations

The learning platform finds itself under fire in the Philippines over a for-pay class that, critics say, exploits Filipino indigenous peoples

In early August, vlogger Nuseir Yassin found himself viral for all the wrong reasons. His online learning platform, Nas Academy, was criticized after it posted a purported online course featuring Apo Whang-Od, a traditional tattoo artist of the Butbut Tribe of Kalinga.

Whang-Od’s grandniece, Grace Palicas, called the course a “scam.” Nas Academy, even after it took down the course, insisted they had gotten consent, showing a video of Whang-Od affixing her thumbprint onto a contract.

But it’s not as simple as that.

Find out why Nas Academy paused operations in the Philippines and the questions we ought to ask in the aftermath of the incident. –