Updated: May 15, 2017
Kalinga is a mountainous province located in the Cordillera Administrative Region. Tabuk City is its capital and the province is bordered by the Mountain Province to the south, Abra to the west, Isabela to the east and Apayao to the north. Kalinga and Apayao were once a combined province but was divided by the government in 1995 to better serve the people in the said areas.
The people of Kalinga are well known warriors which helped preserve their culture and heritage during the time of Spanish occupation and the second World War. They are also highly skilled in terms of farming which makes it their main source of livelihood. Kalinga is also populated with various tribes and stories of tribal unrest nowadays are viewed as fictitious than real. The province has a mountainous topography covered in tropical rainforests. The lowlands on the other hand consists of large green grass suitable for pasture.
The word Kalinga is an Ibanag word which means “headhunter” which reflects the head hunting tradition of the people during the Spanish colonial time.
Listed below are the travel guides, travelogues and gastronomic journeys we’ve been in the province of Kalinga.
- The Oldest Tattoo Artist of Kalinga (6/12/2017) - This is part 2 of our Kalinga weekly vlog series and it's all about meeting the legendary Apo Whang Od, dubbed as the last mambabatok of Kalinga.
- Toploading Kalinga Style (6/11/2017) - Originally uploaded last June 3, 2017, this video shows our amazing experience riding a topload jeep from Tabuk City in Kalinga to Tinglayan.
- Visiting Buscalan Village: A 2D1N Budget Travel Guide for less than ₱3000 (5/15/2017) - Apo Whang Od is famously known as the last mambabatok of the Kalinga. Batok is a form of traditional tattoo given to warriors with unprecedented achievement during the early times. Today, travelers not just from the Philippines but all over the world visit her just to have this traditional tattoo as a form of lifetime and meaningful souvenir. But visiting her place is quite challenging. Here's our travel guide.
- Meeting Apo Whang Od and My First Kalinga Tattoo (5/11/2017) - It is such a humbling experience to have Apo Whang Od, the last mambabatok of Kalinga, ink my very first tattoo. This trip might be short but full of unforgettable memories. Read my travelogue.