Filipina tattoo artist

Whang-od Oggay (born 17 February 1917)[4] is a Filipina tattoo artist from Buscalan, Tinglayan, Kalinga, Philippines.[5]

Whang-od Oggay
Whang-od tattooing.jpg
Whang-od tattooing on June 30, 2016
Born (1917-02-17) 17 February 1917 (age 104)
Other namesMaria Oggay[1]
Alternate name spellings:
  • Whang Od
  • Wang Od
  • Wang Od
Known forThe oldest tattoo artist in the Philippines[2]
Kalinga's last mambabatok[3]

She is thought as the last mambabatok (traditional Kalinga tattooist) from the Butbut people in Buscalan Kalinga and the oldest tattoo artist in the Philippines. She has been tattooing headhunters and women of the indigenous people of Butbut in Buscalan Kalinga for more than 80 years, but the Butbut warriors who used to earn tattoos through protecting villages or killing enemies no longer exist.

Instead, Whang-od now applies the traditional art form to tourists visiting Buscalan.


  1. Catalan, Maria Elena (5 October 2016). "Chasing Whang–od, the oldest Kalinga mambabatok". Sun.Star Baguio. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  2. Melanes, Maurice (September 10, 2013). "Skin as archive of history, culture, identity". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Philippines. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  3. "Whang-Od". National Geographic. United States. 2014. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  4. "Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho: Munting Obra para kay Apo Whang-Od". Official YouTube channel of GMA Public Affairs (Video of the February 26, 2017 episode of Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho where the host said that Whang-od turned 100 on February 17, 2017) (in Tagalog). GMA News. February 26, 2017. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  5. "Whang-od, el mito de la última tatuadora de la tribu filipina Kalinga". La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Spain. August 12, 2015. Retrieved October 19, 2015.

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