Kalinga (Part 2 of 2) – How to Get to Buscalan, Tinglayan

April 2014 – I have to admit that getting to Buscalan, Tinglayan is both exhausting and dangerous. There are many roads that lead to the Cordilleras but only one highway traverses the town of Tinglayan. Since we went there during the Holy Week, and I was too stupid not to reserve any bus tickets, we had no choice but to make cutting trips. Anyway, based on what...

Kalinga (Part 1 of 2) – A Weekend with Whang-Od in Buscalan, Tinglayan

April 2014 – I’ve always wanted to explore the rich culture of the different ethnic groups of Cordillera. So the first time I had a few days off from work, I made up my mind to finally visit Kalinga to see Apo Whang-od (pronounced as Fang-od), the oldest living mambabatok (tattoo artist) in the country. It was the first time that I spent more than 12 hours on the road. Since it was...