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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Robin Padilla sends heartwarming greetings to Kalinga people and Apo Whang-od

Robin sends greetings to Kalinga people: Photo Courtesy || Diadem Joy B. Baliling
Cordillera - Veteran actor and producer Robin Padilla has a message to the people of Kalinga, praising them as the courageous tribe in the Cordillera.

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In a video that was uploaded by Diadem Joy B. Baliling in her FB account, the actor was recorded telling his message to the iKalingas especially to Apo Whang-od, wishing her to be included as a national artist.

Padilla expressed his admiration to Apo Whang-od on her talent in tattooing.

Last year the National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) said it has endorsed Whang-od as a national artist because her art of tattooing is part of Cordilleran culture. She has also imparted her knowledge to younger generation.


Whang-od is considered as the oldest traditional "mambabatok" or tattoo artist in the country. She uses an old traditional method of tattooing where she incorporates the use of ink from the mixture of charcoal and water and use citrus tree thorn to imprint through skin.

Read Robin Padilla's his full message:

"Mabuhay sa mga kailian ko jan sa Cordillera, Syempre lalong lalo na sa tribo ng Kalinga. Yan ay ating matagal ng nakasama sa Baguio. Yan ang mga masasabi nating mga matatapang at yung mga pinangangalagaan nila yung kanilang kultura bilang Igorot. At ako sympre ay nagpupugay kay Apo Whang-od. Ako po ay talagang, syempre po, bukod po sa akoy may dugong Igorot, ako po ay talang nagpupugay sa inyong talino Apo. Lalo na po, syempre, may kinaliman po sa pagtatao ng ating kultura. Kayo po ay talaga naming tinitingala at dapat po dumating ang panahon na kayo po ay hirangin na national artist."


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