MANILA – The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) conferred the Dangal ng Haraya Award for Intangible Cultural Heritage on celebrated tattoo artist Whang-od in her home province of Kalinga on Monday.
She now joins the ranks of the late senator Edgardo Angara, journalist Susan Calo Medina, Senator Loren Legarda, architect Augusto Villalon, and artist and former National Museum director Jesus Peralta.
Photos from the awarding ceremony were shared online by actor Raymart Santiago, who was present at the event.
The Dangal ng Haraya award is given to individuals who have made a lasting impact and significant contribution to Philippine culture and the arts.
NCCA previously said Whang-od “deserves honor and acknowledgement for her contributions, particularly by bringing to greater attention the indigenous practice of tattooing and Filipino culture in general.”
She was also described by the commission as the Philippines’ “most recognized and respected master tattooist.”