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Continuing to Buscalan, KalingaJun 18, 2011

Continuing to Buscalan, Kalinga

Buscalan Rice Terraces
From Butbut, we continued our hike towards the village of Buscalan. After an hour, we caught our first glimpse of Buscalan upon seeing its majestic rice terraces - it carpeted the multi-layered mountain slope with its velvety-like visual texture. In scope and grandeur, it's one of the best in the Cordillera.

Buscalan's Famous Tattoo Artist
Buscalan was made famous by Whang Od, its oldest tattoo artist when she graced an episode on Discovery Channel (or was it Nat Geographic?). We went straight to her house. My guide seemed to have a comfort level with her as he has guided many to have their tattoos done. Whang Od was perhaps in her 80s, nearly covered by tattoo herself - a hallmark of beauty in the Kalinga region. Although we couldn't understand each other, I sensed the warm welcome. We were offered a hot hearty lunch. I left 4 matches as a thank you. No, I wasn't tempted to have a tattoo done on me.

A Dying Art
I am not sure if others have taken on the art of tattooing, but it didn't seem the case, nothwithstanding Whang Od's celebrity. I could speculate that an overseas job is more lucrative. It would be sad to think that when Whang Od is no longer around, her art will likewise disappear from tradition.

Catching the Last Trip
We didn't stay long in Buscalan. After the filling lunch, we were already on our way to Bugnay Village to catch the last trip to Tinglayan - missing it means an 11 km hike along the dusty road under intense heat.

--- TheLoneRider

How to Get to Buscalan from Butbut:
  • There is no public transport for this one. Take a guide - actually, you should have already taken one before going to Tulgao.
Travel Tips:
  • bring lots of matches. That'll be your currency. Give matches to those who offer you food, to those whose pictures you took, etc.
  • when offered food or water, take it! It tells them you can be trusted.

01rice_terraces 02single_track 03buscalan_village 04buscalan_terraces
05bolo_making 06contemporary_house 07tradional_house 08fang_od
09kalinga_lunch 10fangod_gigit 11buscalan_kids 12concrete_steps

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Comments:

Vanez Ba-od
(Jan 14, 2013) I am really thankful and blessed because I belong to this place and I miss very much the place where I belong


Tonybangs Banao
(Jan 7, 2012) good place my grandparents place and the last surviving tattoo artist is their neighbor

TheLoneRiderTheLoneRider
"How is Whang Od doing?" -- Beebee Holganza
(Aug 10, 2011) Whang Od is still strong, going about her daily chores by herself, silent demeanour, warm, friendly and hospitable :)

Beebee HolganzaBeebee Holganza
(Aug 10, 2011) awesome indeed! ;D some friends and i are planning to go up to kalinga later this month. how is she doing?




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