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Whang-od Oggay born February 17, 1917 is a Filipina tattoo artist from Buscalan, Tinglayan, Kalinga, Philippines. She is believed to be the last mambabatok (traditional Kalinga tattooist) from the Butbut people in Buscalan Kalinga and the oldest tattoo artist in the Philippines. She has been tattooing headhunters and women of the indigenous people of Butbut in Buscalan Kalinga for more than 80 years but the Butbut warriors who used to earn tattoos through protecting villages or killing enemies no longer exist. She now applies the traditional art form to tourists visiting Buscalan.

There were proposals to have her as one of the National Artists of the Philippines or as one of the National Living Treasures due to her status as the last mambabatok

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