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    Nas Daily Controversy with Apo Whang-Od

    Recently, Nas Daily was under fire for allegations of exploiting the PH culture after he had launched an online course about traditional tattooing. This raises a lot of points for discussion when it comes to foreign influencers catering to audience in underdeveloped nations such as the Philippines, the ethics of commodification of culture, and more. As a Filipino content creator, these are my opinions on the Nas Daily controversy. What the issue is about Nuseir Yassin is an Arab-Israeli vlogger who gained popularity for his 1-minute videos in his Facebook page Nas Daily. Recently, he has launched Nas Academy and collaborated with Filipino creators to teach online courses. One of…

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    The end of summer: Visiting Apo Whang-Od in Kalinga

    How does one’s summer end? Is it the first hint of rain or the sign of morning sun that can wake one’s good sleep? Months ago, a friend planned a trip to Sagada in the Mountain Province, with a short detour to see the oldest traditional tattoo artist in Kalinga, Apo Whang-Od. This was something I’ve been looking forward to for so long. There’s something profound in experiencing an aspect of our culture that may be lost in time. This country has so much history that’s slowly fading. Now, we focus on the current trends, losing sight on what we’ve been or what we have. To be inked by the oldest mambabatok in Bontoc is a…