Okay, so you want to get your tattoo from Apo Whang-od. How do you reach Buscalan to visit her? What can you expect? What do you need to prepare for?
I know a lot of people are interested to visit Apo Whang-od and experience first hand the magic of her tattooing skills. So, I compiled some FAQs to help you plan your trip. I hope you find them useful and please do share your experience with me!
How did you get to Apo Whang-od in Buscalan, Kalinga?
How were the jeepney rides to reach Buscalan?
Was the hike difficult?
Do you recommend getting a guide to reach Buscalan?
If you are someone like me who has the propensity to get lost, if you do not speak their local language, and if you do not mind paying a little extra, then definitely! A plus is that you get to help their local tourism industry 🙂
Where did you stay in Buscalan? Where did you eat?
Where did you pee & poop?
Do they have electricity? What about cellphone signal?
Yes, there was electricity. Mobile signal was weak to non-existent. But, honestly, it was not such a big issue. Buscalan is such a lovely and interesting community. It would be a pity just spending time on your phone instead of exploring and getting to know their people and culture more.
What else can you do in Buscalan?
Aside from getting a tattoo from Apo Whang-od, you can also:
- Socialize with the locals
- Take pictures of their beautiful people and village
- We also had a Q&A with Apo Whang-od and the kids of Buscalan
Did you get a tattoo from Apo Whang-od?
Do you plan on going back to get a tattoo from Apo Whang-od?
Is Kalinga open to tourism now?
Sending you love and good vibes,
P.S. Thank YOU! And, in whatever space you are in now, I hope that you got something from reading this post. Talk to you soon!
Updated on March 1, 2021. Originally published on December 27, 2012.