The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) bestowed the Dangal ng Haraya Award for Intangible Cultural Heritage on manwhatok (tattoo folk artist) Apo Whang-Od Oggay on Monday, June 25, at the Kalinga Capitol Plaza, Tabuk, Kalinga.
Senator Loren Legarda, one of the past recipients of the said award, was the one who conferred the award on Whang-Od herself.
Other notable recipients of said award include the late Sen. Edgardo Angara, architect Augusto Villalon, journalist Susan Calo-Medina, anthropologist and former National Museum director Jesus Peralta.
Whang-O is the oldest living whatok (tattoo) practitioner of the Kalinga community.
In a special resolution on May 2, the NCCA board chaired by National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario recognized Whang-Od “as a living vessel of a traditional practice, [who] deserves honor and acknowledgment for her contributions, particularly by bringing to greater attention the indigenous practice of tattooing and Filipino culture in general.”