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Her face and artworks goes to Canada. 

The face of the 98-year-old Whang-od Oggay is now displayed on the walls of the Royal Ontario Museum located in Toronto, Canada. The banner is needed for the tattoo art exhibit that is open from April 2 up to September 5, 2016. 

Apo Whang-od, The Last Mambabatok Goes To Toronto, Canada

The tattoo exhibit that will be held is called "Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art." This event aims to showcase the art of body inks and markings from the very start. 

Apo Whang-od, The Last Mambabatok Goes To Toronto, Canada


Apo Whang-od, The Last Mambabatok Goes To Toronto, Canada

The image of Whang-od Oggay was displayed there since she is considered as the last 'mambabatok' (hand-tap tattoo artist) that came from her tribe. Whang-od is from the mountains of Cordillera, Philippines. She lives in Buscalan in the Tinglayan municipality in Kalinga Province. 


Apo Whang-od, The Last Mambabatok Goes To Toronto, Canada

The technique that she is using called batok started thousands of years back. The tattoo ink that she is using is made up of water and charcoal. It is being applied with the use of a thorn-ended equipment. 

Apo Whang-od, The Last Mambabatok Goes To Toronto, Canada

It used to be a symbol of strength for men while for women it is a sige of grace and beauty. 

There are claims to make Whang-od one of the National Artists of the Philippines or a Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan.

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