The artistry of tattoo genius Apo Whang Od is a true class of its own. At the.age of 101, the oldest and reportedly last mambabatok—or traditional hand-poked tattoo artist in Kalinga—remains to be celebrated not just in the Philippines but in all parts of the world. On Wednesday, March 14, this national gem officially reached Hollywood, particularly “Ant-Man and the Wasp” star Evangeline Lilly.
In an Instagram post, the 38-year-old actress shared a portrait and a sketch of none other than the great Whang Od. Using only three words: beauty, age, and power, Evangeline showed her great admiration for the Filipina icon.
It’s safe to say that Whang Od is no stranger to non-natives, as many foreigners actually go all the way to her province just so they could have her art etched on their bodies. Currently, the famous mambabatok is being pushed to become part of the National Artists of the Philippines as well as the National Living Treasures.
Meanwhile, a scoop from Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP) reveals that the Hollywood star’s love for Whang Od actually extends to the Philippines and its people. According to the celebrity, who hails from Canada, she has visited Palawan once.
She was quoted as saying:
“When I was 18, I went to the Philippines for three weeks. I was on the island of Palawan and lived in the jungle with tribal people, which was incredible.”
Moreover, an interview with Inquirer in 2014 shows Evangeline’s concern for the Philippines amid the super-typhoon Yolanda. According to the actress, she was able to talk to a particular Filipino fan for updates. Fortunately, the said fan was safe from the fatal storm, which was reported to have cost thousands of lives in the country.
Evangeline was most recognized for her role in the American TV series “Lost“. She also starred in quite a handful of films, namely “The Hurt Locker”, “Real Steel”, “The Hobbit” series, and “Ant-Man”.
What can you say about Hollywood star Evangeline Lilly honoring Whang Od on Instagram? How about you, what do you think of the Filipina tattoo artist? You can submit your thoughts and reactions in the comments section below.