LOOK: Rhian Ramos gets second Whang-ud tattoo


Posted at May 15 2017 07:28 PM | Updated as of May 16 2017 01:10 PM



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MANILA -- Three years after getting her first traditional tattoo, Rhian Ramos returned to Kalinga to get another one from the province's oldest mambabatok or tattoo practitioner, Whang-ud.

This time, she got a bigger more intricate design.


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Just last week, the 26-year-old actress once again braved the 17-hour road trip to Kalinga and two-hour trek to the mountain-top village to get a personalized tattoo on her upper leg.

"I'm just so grateful they agreed to this request. A little old, a little new," Ramos wrote as caption.

According to the actress, she personally created the design and had it illustrated by Whang-ud's grandniece Gracia Palicas.

Despite the long queue of tourists waiting to meet her, Whang-ud personally tattooed Ramos.

In 2004, Ramos traveled to the village of Buscalan in Tinglayan, Kalinga to get a traditional hawk design permanently inscribed by Whang-ud.

She also acquired a scorpion design from Palicas.

Meanwhile, in an Instagram post, Ramos encouraged returning tourists to bring prints of their photos when they come back to the village.

"When visiting Buscalan, take a bunch [of photos], have them printed, and mail them back to your tour guide. Or bring the prints when you come back," she wrote.

Whang-ud, who is now believed to be a hundred years old, is the last practicing traditional tattoo artist of Kalinga. Her worldwide popularity began in 2009 when tattoo anthropologist Lars Krutak went to Buscalan and did a documentary for Discover Channel.