NCCA to honor legendary tattoo artist Apo Whang Od with Dangal ng Haraya Award

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Apo Whang-Od Oggay will soon join the esteemed roster of awardees of the Dangal ng Haraya Award for Intangible Cultural Heritage for preserving the traditional Filipino art of batek and the subsequent promotion of the culture of Kalinga.

Former recipients of the Dangal ng Haraya Award include cultural advocates such as the late Senator Edgardo Angara, architect Augusto Villalon, and Susan Calo Medina, as well as current cultural champions Senator Loren Legarda and Jesus Peralta.

Senator Nancy Binay congratulated Apo Whang-Od as the latter is set to receive the 2018 Dangal ng Haraya Award for Intangible Cultural Heritage from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

“We would like to congratulate Apo Whang-Od for being recognized for her contributions to our culture,” Binay said.

The senator said Whang-Od “amplified the richness of Philippine culture among the younger generation.”

Dangal ng Haraya is given to living Filipino artists, cultural workers, and historians, artistic or cultural groups, historical societies, institutions, foundations and councils, for their outstanding achievements in relevant fields that have made an impact and significant contribution to Philippine culture and arts.

The awarding ceremony will take place in Kalinga Capitol Plaza, Tabuk, Kalinga on June 25.

“This award from the NCCA is a testament to Filipinos who have positively influenced us in a big way and with such passion,” Binay said.

“With her dedication to the craft, Apo Whang-Od’s contribution to Philippine culture and arts deserves recognition and appreciation,” she added.

Senators Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara Binay had earlier sponsored Senate Resolution Nos. 2 and 538 respectively, nominating Whang-Od for the Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan (GAMABA) or the National Living Treasures Award for fostering and preserving the traditional tattoo art of Kalinga.

Through these measures, the senate recognized Whang-od as the only surviving Kalinga traditional tattoo artist with the distinguished title of “mambabatok” or a master tattooist of “batek,” the folk skin inscriptions of Kalinga.

NCCA seeks to uphold excellence in all artistic and cultural endeavors, encourage initiative and participation among groups and individuals, and recognize exemplary cultural programs that can serve as valuable examples to others through the Dangal ng Haraya award and its other institutional awards.

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