Maria Fang-Od Oggay, also known as Apo Whang-Od is considered the last Kalinga tattoo artist recognized for her ‘world-class contribution to the art of tattoo-making that is genuinely Filipino.’ She is one of the legends who belongs to the last generation doing the ritual inking and is also one of the few who still remembers how it was done.
There are 5 famous celebrities who got their skin get inked by the Apo Whang-Od, the last ‘mambabatok’. This legend was able to inked the skin of these celebrities through hand tapping using the thorn from a bitter citrus and ink made out of pine soot and water.
1, Rhian Ramos
*As seen on the Instagram post of the actress with a caption, “Round 2: the beginnings of my new (and hopefully, last) tattoo.. designed by me, drawn by Grace and tapped in by Apo Whang Od, right above my last two tatts from them, the scorpion and hawk. their energies are so open and giving. im just so grateful they agreed to this request. A little old, a little new.
Round 2: the beginnings of my new (and hopefully, last) tattoo.. designed by me, drawn by Grace and tapped in by Apo Whang Od, right above my last two tatts from them, the scorpion and hawk. 🙏 their energies are so open and giving 😊 im just so grateful they agreed to this request. A little old, a little new.
2. Patricia Tumulak
* She also headed to the mountains with her siblings to meet Whang-od.
3. Aiza Seguerra and Liza Dino
*Aiza Seguerra already had tattooed by the artist and just this year, her partner Liza Dino also went to Apo to have an ink and it wa posted on the Instagram account of Liza.
Araguy!!!😫😣😩 Just watching this video brings me back to the excruciating pain I endured. Ang hirap magtapang-tapangan pag nahihila ang balat mo ng bumabaong tinik. Ginalingan ni Apo Whang-od eh. Baon na baon oh!!! Abangan sa Sagisag Kultura sa PTV ang aming Kalinga episode on March 5 and March 12 4pm sa PTV4 #sagisagkulturasaptv
4. Drew Arellano
*He got the ink during his show ‘Biyahe ni Drew”.