Everyone' dream destination , the small town of buscalan with less than a thousand residents is perched high above the mountains of kalinga.

What made Whang - Od famous

Whang - Od Oggay also known as Maria Oggay , is a filipina tattoo artist from Buscalan , Tinglayan , Philippines. She is often described as the "last" and oldest mambabatok (traditional Kalinga tattooist) and is part of thr butbut people of the larger Kalinga ethnic group. She has been tattooing headhunters and women of the indigenous people of butbut in Buscalan , Kalinga , since she was 15 years old. (By the way that's me)


A road to Apo Whang - Od

*I recommend you to visit Buscalan during Dry Season*

📍Tuguegarao to Tabuk
Approximately 1hr and 20mins (53KM)
Fare: 118php

👉 The Terminal is located at the back of Brickstone Mall, we got there around 4am to have the first trip.

👉 Upon arriving in Tabuk City I suggest that you take your Breakfast because it will be a very long trip.

👉 After eating your Breakfast, you can choose a van or jeep to bring you to Buscalan.

📍Tabuk to Buscalan (The Place of Apo Whang-Od)
Approximately 2hrs and 40mins (81KM)
Fare: 200php

👉 In half way of your trip there will be an stopover to eat your Lunch.

👉 The road in Buscalan will be curvy so I suggest you bring some candies or earphones for you not to be dizzy.

👉 When you finally arrived at Buscalan you will walk around 30mins-1hr going to their village, so bring a lot towels and brace yourself to an adventurous walk, the cliff is definitely high so if you are afraid of highs I suggest not to look down while you’re walking and use a shoe.
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🗻 WHAT TO BRING
-Foods (I prefer buying can goods or fresh meat, vegetables, biscuits. You need to prepare as much as you can)

☑️Clothes

☑️Flashlight

☑️Camera

☑️Tripod

☑️Slippers

☑️Umbrella

☑️Money

☑️Toiletries (Soap, Shampoo, Toothbrush, etc.)

☑️Jacket
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🗻 HOW TO BEHAVE
👉 Greet the villagers every now and then or even just a simple smile would do.

👉 Ask your guide if you can cook or cook for you, the people there are happy to help so don’t hesitate.

👉 In general, be respectful on how you expect people to behave in your own home.

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🗻 ESTIMATED BUDGET
Fare (Back & Forth):………………...…...……… 643php
Breakfast: ……………………………………....… 80php
Lunch: …………………………………………….. 80php
Eco Fee: ………………………........................... 75php
Tattoo: ……………………………………….... 500php (minimum)
Tinik: ……………………………………………….. 100php
Signature Tattoo with Picture (Apo Whang-Od): 100php
Tour Guide: …………………………………....…. 1500 (5pax)
Home Stay: ……………………………………….. 300/head
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TOTAL: ……………………………………………. 3,278php

Note: I suggest to have an additional cash in case of emergency use.


PS: don't forget to bring something sweets for the children. ☺️

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