Tinglayan, Kalinga

Experiencing Kalinga is sweeter the second time around. Two years ago, I took the long and winding road to Apo Whang Od, the living legend and popular 'mambabatok' of Butbut Tribe. It was a nice and pleasant journey that I promised myself to come back. (Mambabatok: traditional Kalinga tattooist)
Now, the time has come. It was our Chinese New Year holiday break from work, so my office friends and I casually decided to go to the northern mountainous region of the country. Since, I had already been to the Cordilleras several times before, we did not have to do a lot of research and preparation for the trip. We just booked our bus tickets 4 days before departure with Coda Lines and then I contacted Kuya Gilbert for our guide and homestay. I was very excited for Mich and Xian to get their first 'batok'! (Batok: traditional Kalinga hand-tapped tattoo)
We had the night trip to Bontoc at 8pm. Coda Lines bus' destination is to Sagada via Banaue from Metro Manila. Coinciden…

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