Whang-od Receives The Dangal Ng Haraya Award 2018

For the first time, a traditional tattoo artist has received the Dangal ng Haraya Award from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

The NCCA, led by Chairman Virgilio S. Almario, National Artist for Literature, awarded Maria 'Whang-od" Oggay of the Butbut Tribe in Kalinga, her Dangal ng Haraya award. She received the award on June 2018 through a conferment ceremony in Buscalan, Kalinga.

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Apo Whang-od’s work and influence earned her the Dangal ng Haraya Award 2018 for Intangible Cultural Heritage. 

According to the NCCA, the Dangal ng Haraya is given to living Filipino artists, cultural workers and historians; artistic or cultural groups, historical societies, institutions, foundations and councils, to recognize their outstanding achievements in relevant fields that have made an impact and significant contribution to Philippine culture and arts.

It is noted that this is in accordance with the NCCA mandate to extend recognition through awards, grants and services to artists and cultural groups, which contribute significantly to the cultural legacy of the Filipinos.

Through this award, the NCCA seeks to uphold excellence in all artistic and cultural endeavors, encourage initiative and participation among groups and individuals, and recognize exemplary cultural programs that can serve as valuable examples to others.

Also, I've started a petition online to declare Apo Whang-od as one of our National Living Treasures. You can sign the petition HERE.

To become a National Artist, one must be an “inhabitant of an indigenous/traditional cultural community anywhere in the Philippines that has preserved indigenous customs, beliefs, rituals and traditions and/or has synchronized whatever external elements that have influenced it.”

The nominee must also practice a folk art tradition that has been in existence and documented for at least 50 years, and must have consistently produced “works of superior and distinctive quality” for a significant period. At the same time, they must also have an established reputation in the art as master, and must pass on their skill to other members of the community.

If Apo Whang-od is declared a National Artist, she will be given a golden medallion, a grant of Php 100,000, and a monthly stipend of Php 10,000. She will also be given medical care and hospitalization benefits, as well as funeral assistance.


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