LOOK: Rhian Ramos gets 2nd tattoo from Apo Whang-Od | Inquirer Entertainment

LOOK: Rhian Ramos gets 2nd tattoo from Apo Whang-Od

/ 12:23 PM May 16, 2017


Rhian Ramos returned recently to the remote village of Buscalan in Tinglayan, Kalinga, to have her skin inked by the great centenarian mambabatok (traditional tattoo artist), Apo Whang-od.

In a series of posts on her Instagram page, the actress-host documented her treasured experience being tattooed by Whang-od for the second time.






Ramos, 26, chose a more complex design apart from her existing scorpion and hawk tattoos, which she acquired in 2014. Her scorpion tattoo on her upper leg was tapped by Whang-Od’s grandniece Grace Palicas, who sketched Ramos’ new tattoo.


In another post, Ramos called on fellow tourists to bring photos of their tattoo experiences with Whang-od upon returning to Kalinga.

“While the rest of us have selfies and galleries full of our faces, apps that remind us of photos from a year ago, the tribe relies on the visitors for prints of past moments. When visiting Buscalan, take a bunch, have them printed, and mail them back to your tour guide. Or bring the prints when you come back,” Ramos urged.


For years, local and foreign tourists have visited Whang-Od, hailed as the last mambabatok in the Philippines. In a plea to resurrect Kalinga’s tattooing craft, biology lecturer Edward Opena has created a petition nominating Whang-od as a national artist, which made waves on social media in 2015.  Gianna Francesca Catolico /ra


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