- Vlogger Nas Daily was involved in a controversy after netizens called him out for his "Whang-Od Academy"
- He posted a video, which allegedly showed the popular tattoo artist legend, affixing her thumbmark on the agreement.
- He said that Apo Whang-Od and her family loved the idea of the Apo Whang-Od academy and that they worked with Nas to realize it
- He said that it was Whang-Od who was teaching herself and that her niece, Etella Palangdao, was present and the one who translated the content
Nas Daily, a popular vlogger, who became well-known for his one-minute daily vlogs refuted the claim of the family of tattoo artist Apo Whang-Od that Whang-Od Academy is a scam.
The vlogger then took down the videos of the Academy and then made a video, "Statement from Nas Academy regarding Whang-Od Academy."
“We approached Whang-Od because just like you, we love her. We love her traditions, and are inspired by her. We wanted to share her culture for future generations to appreciate and respect the ancient Kalinga tradition of mambabatok." said Nas.
He also pointed out that the niece of Whang-Od was present when she affixed her thumbmark.
"As a matter of fact, Whang-Od’s trusted niece, Estella Palangdao, was present and translated the content of the contract prior to Whang-Od affixing her thumbprint, signifying her full consent to the project," Nas added.
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Apo Whang-od is a Filipino tattoo artist from Kalinga, Philippines. She is regarded as the "last" and the oldest mambabatok.
The founder of The Cacao Project, Louise De Guzman Mabulo, has spoken up about her experience with Nas Daily. According to Mabulo, she has kept her silence for 2 years already but has decided to share her story "in light of recent news." It can be worth noting that Nas has been called out by the Filipino online community over the 'Whang-Od Academy' issue. In her online post, Mabulo revealed she was once a "huge fan" of Nas only to be met with disappointment upon working with him.
Many celebrities have also successfully had a tattoo made by Apo Whang-Od. Some of the celebs were Rhian Ramos, Drew Arellano, and Liza Diño.
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