The reptilian-look arm is tantamount to beauty in her culture.
[TINGLAYAN] Bugnay Rice Terraces and that Lucky Village in Kalinga"The Kalinga prima facie evidence in terms of beauty should not be a subject for debate because if I were to be the judge, the evidence is too strong to put the case to rest."
. The latter village is a living cultural museum with living objects.
[TINGLAYAN] Fang-Od (Whang-Od): The Last Tribal Tattoo Artist of Kalinga"She is unwittingly ending a tradition she is not supposed to end. She's ending the tradition not by her choice but by the call of our ever changing society."
owns the BUSCALAN VILLAGE
[TINGLAYAN] 17 Great Memories + First Time Encounters in Buscalan, Kalinga"She is unwittingly ending a tradition she is not supposed to end. She's ending the tradition not by her choice but by the call of our ever changing society."
, Kin-ay's territory is Bugnay Village.
Her tattoo is a sign of bravery.
A closer look of that lovely tattoo
Her name is marked on the posterior aspect of her forearm
My very first exposure in Kalinga was priceless, to think that this is just the start of the journey of meeting the last tribal tattoo artist in Kalinga.
Kin-ay belongs to an endangered culture. Soon it will be extinct. The culture of tattooing is waving goodbye. The younger generation of Kalinga women has learned to let go of the culture.
My photo with her. I paid her 20 pesos for this photo.
I met Kin-ay for the second time
She puts on a traditional headwear and porcelain necklace
She looks like a Westerner here, isn't it?
Usually, a necklace like that is made of porcelain they used to barter with the early Chinese traders in the lowlands.
She's a cultural queen in Bugnay
I hope she'll still be alive for our 3rd meet-up. Otherwise, the surprise will be of no value anymore. /end