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The line features several pieces inspired by the art of the 102-year-old traditional Kalinga tattoo artist
Whang-od Oggay of Buscalan finally receives an award for preserving and celebrating the traditional art of tattooing
Whang-od will be conferred the award in Kalinga on June 25
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Also known as the Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan, the award is the highest honor given by the state to traditional folk artists
'We can celebrate Apo Whang-od and her craft in a most honorable and respectable way, but not in a circus such as what we all have witnessed', a UP social anthropologist who studied Kalinga tattoos weighs in on the issue
'The fact is that Whang Od came to Manila to do what she actually does every day – except during harvest time, as I was told – in Buscalan: commodifying her culture.'
'Ang masasabi ko lang, sana nandoon sila sa event para alam nila. Hindi tayo sana mapanghusga,' says Grace Palicas, Apo Whang-od's grandniece
Whang-od's nephew Jayvee Franz Paclay Sabawil says the centenarian tattoo artist should have been allowed to conduct the live sessions inside a private room instead of a platform in the exhibit area
Manila FAME organizers fly in Kalinga tattoo artist Apo Whang Od to Manila to endorse her nomination to the National Living Treasure Awards
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'I was thrilled to see that she finally met Coco Martin. I thought it was also nice that she was invited to come over – but I didn't realize she would be put to work'
(UPDATED) For netizens, having the centenarian tattoo artist from Buscalan, Kalinga, work at the trade fair in Metro Manila is a blatant act of exploitation and commodification of her culture
The renowned tattoo artist from Kalinga finally meets one of her favorite actors
The biggest tattoo event in the country was held on September 1 and 2 in Pasay
It took me a while to establish my comfortable presence to Apo Whang od Looking back to the time when I first met her I have to admit that I was starstruck writes traveler Potpot Pinili
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She is history She is truly an Alagad ng Sining for the part of culture most Filipinos have forgotten
At 97 years old Whang Od Oggay is recognized for her world class contribution to the art of tattoo making that is genuinely Filipino
Tiny droplets of blood decorated my arm as slowly but surely Whang Od continued to breathe life into the design with her bamboo hammer