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Climbing Nipple's top (18 of 30)
Iloilo, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
25 Jan 2013

The peak of Mt. Napulak, the highest mountain in Iloilo is shaped like a women’s breast with massive rock formation emblazoned on top. Napulak, in local dialect, literally means "the nipple top." Trekking Mt. Napulak has major difficulty.

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Climbing Nipple's top (17 of 30)
Iloilo, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
25 Jan 2013

The peak of Mt. Napulak, the highest mountain in Iloilo is shaped like a women’s breast with massive rock formation emblazoned on top. Napulak, in local dialect, literally means "the nipple top." Trekking Mt. Napulak has major difficulty.

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Climbing Nipple's top (16 of 30)
Iloilo, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
25 Jan 2013

The peak of Mt. Napulak, the highest mountain in Iloilo is shaped like a women’s breast with massive rock formation emblazoned on top. Napulak, in local dialect, literally means "the nipple top." Trekking Mt. Napulak has major difficulty.

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Climbing Nipple's top (15 of 30)
Iloilo, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
25 Jan 2013

The peak of Mt. Napulak, the highest mountain in Iloilo is shaped like a women’s breast with massive rock formation emblazoned on top. Napulak, in local dialect, literally means "the nipple top." Trekking Mt. Napulak has major difficulty.

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Climbing Nipple's top (14 of 30)
Iloilo, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
25 Jan 2013

The peak of Mt. Napulak, the highest mountain in Iloilo is shaped like a women’s breast with massive rock formation emblazoned on top. Napulak, in local dialect, literally means "the nipple top." Trekking Mt. Napulak has major difficulty.

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Climbing Nipple's top (13 of 30)
Iloilo, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
25 Jan 2013

The peak of Mt. Napulak, the highest mountain in Iloilo is shaped like a women’s breast with massive rock formation emblazoned on top. Napulak, in local dialect, literally means "the nipple top." Trekking Mt. Napulak has major difficulty.

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Climbing Nipple's top (12 of 30)
Iloilo, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
25 Jan 2013

The peak of Mt. Napulak, the highest mountain in Iloilo is shaped like a women’s breast with massive rock formation emblazoned on top. Napulak, in local dialect, literally means "the nipple top." Trekking Mt. Napulak has major difficulty.

A group of men making a makeshift ladder to the nipple's top

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Climbing Nipple's top (11 of 30)
Iloilo, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
25 Jan 2013

The peak of Mt. Napulak, the highest mountain in Iloilo is shaped like a women’s breast with massive rock formation emblazoned on top. Napulak, in local dialect, literally means "the nipple top." Trekking Mt. Napulak has major difficulty.

Stunning view awaits every mountaineer at the summit.

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Climbing Nipple's top (10 of 30)
Iloilo, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
25 Jan 2013

The peak of Mt. Napulak, the highest mountain in Iloilo is shaped like a women’s breast with massive rock formation emblazoned on top. Napulak, in local dialect, literally means "the nipple top." Trekking Mt. Napulak has major difficulty.

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Climbing Nipple's top (9 of 30)
Iloilo, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
25 Jan 2013

The peak of Mt. Napulak, the highest mountain in Iloilo is shaped like a women’s breast with massive rock formation emblazoned on top. Napulak, in local dialect, literally means "the nipple top." Trekking Mt. Napulak has major difficulty.

Rock climbing skills is required to reach the summit of Mt. Napulak.

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Climbing Nipple's top (8 of 30)
Iloilo, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
25 Jan 2013

The peak of Mt. Napulak, the highest mountain in Iloilo is shaped like a women’s breast with massive rock formation emblazoned on top. Napulak, in local dialect, literally means "the nipple top." Trekking Mt. Napulak has major difficulty.

Rock climbing skills is required to reach the summit of Mt. Napulak.

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Climbing Nipple's top (7 of 30)
Iloilo, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
25 Jan 2013

The peak of Mt. Napulak, the highest mountain in Iloilo is shaped like a women’s breast with massive rock formation emblazoned on top. Napulak, in local dialect, literally means "the nipple top." Trekking Mt. Napulak has major difficulty.

Rock climbing skills is required to reach the summit of Mt. Napulak.

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Climbing Nipple's top (6 of 30)
Iloilo, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
25 Jan 2013

The peak of Mt. Napulak, the highest mountain in Iloilo is shaped like a women’s breast with massive rock formation emblazoned on top. Napulak, in local dialect, literally means "the nipple top." Trekking Mt. Napulak has major difficulty.

Stunning view awaits every mountaineer reaching the summit.

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Climbing Nipple's top (4 of 30)
Iloilo, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
25 Jan 2013

The peak of Mt. Napulak, the highest mountain in Iloilo is shaped like a women’s breast with massive rock formation emblazoned on top. Napulak, in local dialect, literally means "the nipple top." Trekking Mt. Napulak has major difficulty.

The summit also serves as campsite to mountaineers.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
06 Dec 2012

Whang Od prepares the mix to make the tattoo (December 2012). Her working material is a coconut bowl to mix water, charcoal and the sweet potato that will provide texture to the mix. She also uses a Philippine lime and a nail made out of a thorn joined to a bamboo stick.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
06 Dec 2012

It is dawning on Bucalan (December 2012). Buscalan is a hidden village in a mountain of the Luzon island.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
06 Dec 2012

Whang Od shows the tattoos on her arms (December 2012). Within the tribal tattoo culture symbolizes the feminine beauty and male courage.

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TYPHOON BOPHA POUNDS SOUTHERN PHILIPP...
Southern Philippines
By Editor's Picks
05 Dec 2012

Hundreds were killed and thousands evacuated as super typhoon Bopha raged in the Southern Philippines, leaving homeless survivors to seek shelter and deal with the aftermath

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New Bataan, Philippines
By Mais Istanbuli
05 Dec 2012

Hundreds killed And Thousands Evacuated As super Typhoon Bopha Pounds Southern Philippines.

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Whang Od, the 92-year old Tattoo Artist
Buscalan, Philippines
By Transterra Editor
05 Dec 2012

Whang Od, the 92 year old Kalinga tattoo maker, lives in the hidden village of Buscalan
in the Kalinga province in the Philippines. This tattoo practice was used as a form of skinnatural language passed on from generation to generation.

Whang Od has become popular not only because she has appeared on National Geographic, but also because the day she dies, a big part of her tribe’s culture dies away as well. Even though some kids from the village tried learning from her, Whang Od says that the “future artist must be from her family.”

Within the tribal culture, the tattoo symbolized feminine beauty and male courage was a culture of exchange that did not require money. Now, however, people have to pay for their tattoos as they are required to start using money for things like electricity, buying pigs and hens, and rice.

Lost tourists who pass by Buscalan are offered lodging and food at Whang Od’s modest, two-story house before they are given the chance to pay 500 pesos for a tattoo chosen by Whang Od herself. Clients can only decide where they want their tattoo, unless they choose one of the drawings on Whang Od’s hands.

Whang Od would like to live to be 100 years old.

Photographs by Buscando Historias
Text by Buscando Historias

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Typhoon Bopha Pounds Southern Philipp...
New Bataan, Philippines
By jeoffreymaitem
05 Dec 2012

Hundreds killed And Thousands Evacuated As super Typhoon Bopha Pounds Southern Philippines.
A staff of the Philippine National Red Cross counts the dead bodies at the municipal gymnasium in the southern Philippine township of New Bataan in Compostela province on December 5, 2012 after typhoon Bopha pounded the island on Tuesday, leaving several deaths and and missing.

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Typhoon Bopha Pounds Southern Philipp...
New Bataan, Philippines
By jeoffreymaitem
05 Dec 2012

Hundreds killed And Thousands Evacuated As super Typhoon Bopha Pounds Southern Philippines.
Residents look on dead bodies at the municipal gymnasium in the southern Philippine township of New Bataan in Compostela province on December 5, 2012 after typhoon Bopha pounded the island on Tuesday, leaving several deaths and and missing. The typhoon, the strongest storm to hit the country this year, has killed hundreds of people.

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New Bataan, Philippines
By jeoffreymaitem
05 Dec 2012

Hundreds killed And Thousands Evacuated As super Typhoon Bopha Pounds Southern Philippines.
Residents look on dead bodies at the municipal gymnasium in the southern Philippine township of New Bataan in Compostela province on December 5, 2012 after typhoon Bopha pounded the island on Tuesday, leaving several deaths and and missing. The typhoon, the strongest storm to hit the country this year, has killed hundreds of people.

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New Bataan, Philippines
By jeoffreymaitem
05 Dec 2012

Hundreds killed And Thousands Evacuated As super Typhoon Bopha Pounds Southern Philippines.
Residents look on dead bodies at the municipal gymnasium in the southern Philippine township of New Bataan in Compostela province on December 5, 2012 after typhoon Bopha pounded the island on Tuesday, leaving several deaths and and missing. The typhoon, the strongest storm to hit the country this year, has killed hundreds of people.

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New Bataan, Philippines
By jeoffreymaitem
05 Dec 2012

Hundreds killed And Thousands Evacuated As super Typhoon Bopha Pounds Southern Philippines.
Residents look on dead bodies at the municipal gymnasium in the southern Philippine township of New Bataan in Compostela province on December 5, 2012 after typhoon Bopha pounded the island on Tuesday, leaving several deaths and and missing. The typhoon, the strongest storm to hit the country this year, has killed hundreds of people.

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New Bataan, Philippines
By jeoffreymaitem
05 Dec 2012

Hundreds killed And Thousands Evacuated As super Typhoon Bopha Pounds Southern Philippines.
Residents look on dead bodies at the municipal gymnasium in the southern Philippine township of New Bataan in Compostela province on December 5, 2012 after typhoon Bopha pounded the island on Tuesday, leaving several deaths and and missing. The typhoon, the strongest storm to hit the country this year, has killed hundreds of people.

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New Bataan, Philippines
By jeoffreymaitem
05 Dec 2012

Hundreds killed And Thousands Evacuated As super Typhoon Bopha Pounds Southern Philippines.
Residents look on dead bodies at the municipal gymnasium in the southern Philippine township of New Bataan in Compostela province on December 5, 2012 after typhoon Bopha pounded the island on Tuesday, leaving several deaths and and missing. The typhoon, the strongest storm to hit the country this year, has killed hundreds of people.

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New Bataan, Philippines
By jeoffreymaitem
05 Dec 2012

Hundreds killed And Thousands Evacuated As super Typhoon Bopha Pounds Southern Philippines.
Policemen look on dead bodies at the municipal gymnasium in the southern Philippine township of New Bataan in Compostela province on December 5, 2012 after the strongest typhoon Bopha pounded the island on Tuesday, leaving several deaths and and missing. The typhoon, the strongest storm to hit the country this year, has killed more than a hundred people.

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Typhoon Bopha Pounds Southern Philipp...
New Bataan, Philippines
By jeoffreymaitem
05 Dec 2012

Hundreds killed And Thousands Evacuated As super Typhoon Bopha Pounds Southern Philippines.
Homeless flood survivors walk toward the gymnasium in the southern Philippine township of New Bataan in Compostela province on December 5, 2012 after the strongest typhoon Bopha pounded the island on Tuesday, leaving several deaths and and missing. The typhoon, the strongest storm to hit the country this year, has killed more than a hundred people.

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New Bataan, Philippines
By jeoffreymaitem
05 Dec 2012

Hundreds killed And Thousands Evacuated As super Typhoon Bopha Pounds Southern Philippines.
Homeless flood survivors walk toward the gymnasium in the southern Philippine township of New Bataan in Compostela province on December 5, 2012 after the strongest typhoon Bopha pounded the island on Tuesday, leaving several deaths and and missing. The typhoon, the strongest storm to hit the country this year, has killed more than a hundred people.

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New Bataan, Philippines
By jeoffreymaitem
05 Dec 2012

Hundreds killed And Thousands Evacuated As super Typhoon Bopha Pounds Southern Philippines.
rescuers carry a dead body in the southern Philippine township of New Bataan in Compostela province on December 5, 2012 after the strongest typhoon Bopha pounded the island on Tuesday, leaving several deaths and and missing. The typhoon, the strongest storm to hit the country this year, has killed more than a hundred people.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
05 Dec 2012

Daily Life of Buscalan (December, 2012). Buscalan is a hidden village in a mountain of the Luzon island and the only way to arrive to this town of the Kalinga province is walking an hour through treacherous tracks.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
05 Dec 2012

Burial in Kalinga of a tuberculosis patient in a village near Buscalan. (December, 2013). For three days the body stays at home because they feel that, in their culture, the person is still alive, and thus the villagers or other neighboring villages have the opportunity to say their last words to the deceased. Some visitors come to the village after killing an animal to give as a gift to the family. The burial is a party, drinking gin and the women prepare food, and it’s rude not to try a bite. After the funeral, as Christians who are buried, the body is put in the hole that the villagers have dug using a wooden paddle.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
05 Dec 2012

Daily Life of Buscalan (December, 2012). Buscalan is a hidden village in a mountain of the Luzon island and the only way to arrive to this town of the Kalinga province is walking an hour through treacherous tracks.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
05 Dec 2012

Burial in Kalinga of a tuberculosis patient in a village near Buscalan. (December, 2012). For three days the body stays at home because they feel that, in their culture, the person is still alive, and thus the villagers or other neighboring villages have the opportunity to say their last words to the deceased. Some visitors come to the village after killing an animal to give as a gift to the family. The burial is a party, drinking gin and the women prepare food, and it’s rude not to try a bite. After the funeral, as Christians who are buried, the body is put in the hole that the villagers have dug using a wooden paddle.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
05 Dec 2012

The countryside around the village of Whang Od (December 2012). The Kalinga valleys and irrigated rice plantations are spectacular.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
05 Dec 2012

Tourists are resting in front of the house of Whang Od before getting a tattoo (December 2012). The tourists who pass by Buscalan are offered lodging and food at Whang Od’s modest two-story house.

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Whang Od
Kalinga, Philippines
By Joan Planas
05 Dec 2012

An Israeli tourist takes a picture of some children from the house of Whang Od (December 2012). Whang Od's family has hung a sign on their house door as an indication for lost tourists and she provides them with food and lodging.