Kalinga – Buscalan

January 2016 – Since my last post, I've been to Buscalan, Kalinga twice, and got inked by the legendary Whang-Od two more times. Every time, I make sure I bring at least one new friend with me. Why do I keep coming back, and why do I want more people to do the same? What's in Buscalan, anyway? Here are some of my favorite things about traveling to Buscalan: The long journey to...

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...