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JUNE 10, 2007

MEL ORPILLA (Amang-RED) flew in for the day to get his Ifugao chest piece. He is the first one in the Tribe to have one and maybe the first one in 50yrs to have an Ifugao chest piece done anywhere. Patterns provided by the Tribe. Designed by Elle (Amang-RED) and Tattooed by Yvette Detera (Inang). “The Orpilla roots come from the Cordillera Mountains of the Northern Philippines. They were warriors and tribal leaders. Planting rice, hunting and raising families – until the Spanish arrived to try to steal their gold and take their lands. The tribes sent their best warriors down to the trail head to protect their precious gold and land. The trail head was located in what is now Bauang, La Union, the birthplace of my father and of my ancestors. My tattoos, knowledge of Philippine culture and history, and training in Filipino Martial Arts, is my way of honoring my ancestors and heritage. Mel Orpilla” Last picture down below: Jay from the tribe sporting an innovative version of a chaklag in a caraboa form, Mel reviving traditional Ifugao format, Elle reviving Kalinga bikking format chest piece, Glen (not a tribe member) sporting red tattoos that is way out of the norm of tribal traditions wearing contemporary polynesian chest piece.

JUNE 9, 2007

Come join us in the biggest Pilipino festival at Seattle’s Seward Park. The tribe will have some information about Pilipino tribal tattoos and culture. Stop by to visit the tribes booth, if your intrested in getting a Pilipino tribal tattoo, have questions about it, intrested in joining or simply want to chat with the members. Join us in our efforts to revive our great filipino tattoo tradition.

By: Raymund F. Antonio

Is the fast slipping mastery of English language a grave threat in our economy? Is the proposed law by some legislators designating Filipino, the national language, as the sole medium of instruction in school, not realistic? Or has it affected the decline of English teaching through the years?

After the recent remark made by the US ambassador Francis J. Ricciardone about the Filipinos’ incapability of English usage, many scholars reacted, and have started to raise questions if we really are literate enough when it comes to oral and written English communication.

The U.S. ambassador has urged the government to improve English Education in the country or lose foreign investment to other countries.

Professor Jose Wendell Capili, a former Associate Dean of UP College of Arts and Letters (CAL) and currently a Ph.D. candidate at The Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies of Australian National University agreed with Ricciardone’s observation. “I think U.S. Ambassador Ricciardone has articulated what has been happening all along. While I maintain that Filipinos do have a higher functional command of the English language compared to most of our Asian neighbors, we are slowly losing our competitive edge, because our political leaders are less concerned about investing in good teachers especially in the primary and secondary level,” he explained.

Capili, however, argued that Filipinos are not illiterate. “It is amazing how Filipinos use English visa vis the other Philippine languages to enrich their daily lives. Meanwhile, how many Americans or British would actually take the initiative in learning a language other than English? Certainly, many Filipinos do not speak with an American or British twang, but they use English to fit their respective styles and exigencies. Compared to the rest of the world, Filipinos have a respectable command of functional English.”

Michael Andrada, another professor from UP Departmento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas (DFPP), said that Ricciardone’s concept of development is tied in the proficient use of English. He views the Ambassador’s effort to urge the government to improve the country’s English literacy as a way of reinforcing English as the global language. However, he thinks that the problem is not in the language itself but in the ideology the language has. “Implementing Filipino is still problematic because it’s not yet systematized and homogenized. The more if we promote English which is complicated to learn,” Andrada explained.

Meanwhile, Virgilio Almario, dean of UP College of Arts and Letters (CAL), thinks that it is natural for the U.S. ambassador to make such comments and actions. “He’s a good Ambassador and should be lauded by their president. As the Ambassador of U.S, it is his duty to promote the interest of the Americans, and the propagation of the English language is one way to do that,” he added.


In the recent statements made by Ricciardone, he also said that the legislators’ proposal of a law to designate Filipino as the medium of instruction in schools was “not realistic,”citing the difficulty of foreign companies as outsourcing firms to hire good English speaking Filipinos.

From Almario’s point of view, he explained why “Why not realistic, Because it’s not in favor of the Americans, and it’s not according to their interest.”

Almario cited countries that use their own native language but have been experiencing progress without the help of the English language. “European countries like Russia don’t use English but it’s a developed country. Japan as well uses its native language and yet it’s competitive when it comes to technological innovations.”

Capili agreed in the importance of using the national language. “In Europe, people speak several languages, but they do not lose facility in their own. Similarly, Filipinos should master Filipino as well as Bisaya, Ilocano, and other dialects, while achieving mastery in the foreign languages. We must be Filipinos first and citizens of the world subsequently.”


According to Ricciardone, “If the Philippines won’t invest in improving education, particularly English proficiency, it would lose investments, such as outsourcing companies, to countries like China and India.” He noted that in the call center business, only three to five percent of applicants had good language skills, and “even they need further specialized training.”

All three academicians agreed that the rise of outsourcing companies is not the answer to the country’s problems. Andrada believes that the boom of call centers in the country is an upsurge of a neo-colonial system as a way to eradicate the Filipino language.

Almario asserted that “it doesn’t mean that if the whole nation speaks English, there will be more job opportunities that await them. How many millions of Filipinos can call centers accommodate? The call center business is not the hope of the country, but producing more scientists and engineers will help the country while improving math and science.”

Capili believes that globalization is important, but Filipinos should know which aspects of globalization should be embraced and which ones should not. He said a policy shouldn’t be blindly and wholeheartedly accepted simply because a powerful nation like the United States insists about accepting it.


Ricciardone warned that the mastery of the language was fast slipping and that the government must invest more in educating Filipinos in English. “English teaching in the Philippines has declined in the last 15 to 20 years,” he noted.

Capili, also a Carlos P. Romulo Professorial Chair holder, believes that the problem is in the Philippine educational system. He said that “we do not attract the best teachers. We no longer have a competitive public school system, and even many private schools have become diploma mills.”

Meanwhile, he appealed that “the government should raise the salaries of teachers to encourage the best minds to remain in the teaching profession and train our young people to master not just English but several other components of basic and advanced forms of learning.”

He also suggested that graduates of top educational institutions should be required to teach in a grade school or high school from the region where they came from (for at least six months to one year) before they embark on other career choices. “This is in fact a worthier substitute to ROTC. We need good teachers in the primary and secondary school systems. Our college students are not competitive compared with the rest of the world because the basic things had not been mastered,” he pointed out.

Capili challenged the government that “we do not need foreigners to remind us of our problems particularly in our deteriorating educational system. More importantly, we do not have to wait for foreigners to tell us what is genuinely wrong with our country. What we need are committed political leaders who can live by example and implement policies that are sympathetic to the improvement of our educational system. Good teachers and good students will only come when there are enough incentives created for them.”

On a final note, Capili stressed that “we must naturally uphold our roots as Filipinos by sustaining the multicultural and multilingual contexts and nature of our country. To be globally competitive, many Filipinos should gain a mastery of speaking foreign languages and not just English. We should never succumb completely to certain perils of globalization by mimicking blindly the hegemony of the West and consequently lose our identity as Filipinos.”

The Manila Bulletin Online

October 2006

Sarah Perez, an artist in Chicago, created a piece designed by Tatak Ng Apat Na Alon Tribe for an art group called ” You Are Beautiful.” In their recent project, all different artists have been assigned different letters to design/decorate that, when put together, will spell out the phrase ” You are Beautiful” in different languages. These pieces will be displayed outside, along the streets of Chicago. Special thanks to Sarah Perez for the beautiful job that she did on the M. [1 & 2] Finished product by Sarah Perez [3]Bernard Runo (Amang-RED), leader of Chicago Chapter, and Maia Young (Anak), midwest member.

October 27, 2006

FILIPINO 100TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION! On Friday, October 27, 6 p.m. at Cardinal Stritch University, Hale O Malo will perform 2 shows filled with new dances and costumes in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Filipino community settling in the Hawai’ian Islands.

Tickets are $25 for the evening. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance from Daryl Krajecki, President of the Greater Milwaukee Filipino Club. Phone him at: 902-648-8353 or EM:

Proceeds from the evening will go toward the revitalization of the Asian Moon Festival and the preservation of the Asian Pacific community in Milwaukee. In addition, Halo O Malo will have a craft booth with some unique gift ideas.

Come for a fun-filled evening to support the Asian Moon Festival and the Asian Pacific community in Milwaukee. Hope to see you all there!

For more information on Hale O Malo, please visit

October 26, 2006 

In celebration of Filipino-American History month the Bay Area Chapter will be doing a lecture about Philippine history from 1587 up until today and also about Philippine Tattoo Traditions & Tatak Ng Apat Na Alon Tribe at UC DAVIS.

October 12, 2006

California State University – Long Beach. In celebration of Pilipino-American Heritage Month Zheta Phi Ro invited Tatak Ng Apat Na Alon to do a special presentation about the revival of Pilipino Tattoo Traditions. Other presentations included Cuisines of the Philippines held at the Soroptomist house @ 6:00pm. Special thanks to Zheta Phi Ro and everyone who attended the lecture for giving us the pleasure to spread the knowledge of our tattooed history.

October 7, 2006

Bay Area Chapter hosted a meeting to celebrate our Filipino heritage with food, entertainment, and education (topics included: Filipino History, Filipino Tattoos, and the history of our Organization. The meeting was held at the Agnews Developmental Center Multipurpose Building: 3500 Zanker Rd., San Jose, CA 95135.

September 29, 2006

Ooklah the Moc. RASBIRD, a member of the tribe, will be on tour performing roots rock reggae. If interested in positive vibes, and lovely island reggae music please click on the link to know when they are performing in a town near you —

September 9-10, 2006

Come and join TATAK NG APAT NA ALON TRIBE at the 15th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture at Pt. Fermin Park, San Pedro, CA. Admission is $3 per day at the Festival, but a two-day pass is $5 and available here! Since many people come the Festival with family and friends you can also purchase an FPAC 4Pack, a $20 value which includes 4 two-day passes comes with a free Banig (Filipino mat). Come for the whole day and enjoy a wide variety of food, clothing, artwork, books, and other memorabilia will be sold at the event. FPAC features a wide array of cultural and artistic showcases and activities. Tatak Ng Apat Na Alon will have a booth for anyone interested in tattoos or just inquiring some more information about the revival. Hope to see you there!


The night of September 9th the Tribe had a ceremony to celebrate tribe member Jayson Winborn as he moves up in rank as Amang-RED.

September 2, 2006

Oolah The Moc with Koko – 2006 West Coast Tour. Performed at the Temple Bar in Santa Monica, CA w/ Iration. Picture’s taken of Ooklah The Moc during their performance. Check out Jimbo (Amang).

September 1-3, 2006

Another tattoo filled weekend with Aisea & Anu who came down from San Jose. Pictures below show Anu getting his face tattooed by Aisea and Eric Barrios ( Amang-RED) getting his left side of his chest done.

August 30, 2006

Charphil (Anak-RED) from Florida Chapter got his leg tapped by Elle (Amang-RED) and Samoan Jay (Amang-RED) helped stretch.

August 25-26, 2006

A tattoo filled weekend. Bill and Aisea doing Visayan tattoos.

August 11-13, 2006

Seattle Tattoo Convention. Washington Chapter and Oahu Chapter members will be at the convention representing with San Jose friends from Humble Beginnings Tattoo Studio and friends from Hawaii, Aisea and Bong. Tickets 1 day pass $15 or 3 day pass $35.

August 1-14, 2006

Tatak Ng Apat Na Alon Tribe Los Angeles and Chicago Chapter will be meeting up with tribe members of the Oahu and Big Island Chapter in Maui, HI to celebrate the leaders as they move up in rank as Amang and Inang’s.


[1] Glen and Jason of Pacific Roots Tattoo taking a picture with Elle at Life’s A Beach. [2] Glen tattooing Biggz at Pacific Roots
Tattoo. [3] Yvette tattooing tribe member Jimbo (Amang) [4] Jimbo’s chaklag [5] Jimbo, Biggz, Lee, Eric, and Elle showing off their chest pieces.


BELOW: [1] Nohea, Ras Bird (Amang), Lexy Girl [2] Bernard (Amang-RED) getting tattooed by Yvette [3] Bernard’s Chaklag [4] Eric Barrios (Amang-RED), Elle (Amang-RED), Biggz (Amang-RED), Bernard Runo (Amang-RED) and Lee Yarza (Amang-RED) [5] Kala, Charphil (Anak-RED), Gerardo, Lee, Nohea, Gyroe (Amang-RED) and Albert Soratorio @ Life’s A Beach [6] Charphil, Biggz, Nohea, Eric (in the back throwing the four), Lee (behind Nohea’s hand), Jacob De La Nux (Drummer/Singer @ Life’s A Beach), Monique, Annebell and Gerardo [7] Gyroe, Charphil, Tamika, Nohea, Eric, Albert @ Nohea’s Waiehu Hale garage.


Taken outside of Tahitian Dance Competition: [1] Gyroe, Eric, Albert, Elle, Biggz, Gerardo, Charphil, and Zel [2] Gyroe, Eric,
Lee, Elle, Biggz, Gerardo, Charphil, and Zel posing behind the four palm trees. [3] Patu, Steve’s cousin, Elle, Chief Miko, Biggz,
Lee, Charphil, and Eric.

July 30, 2006

Come join us in the biggest Pilipino festival at Seattle’s Seward Park. The tribe will have some information about Pilipino tribal tattoos and culture. Stop by to visit the tribes booth, if your intrested in getting a Pilipino tribal tattoo, have questions about it, intrested in joining or simply want to chat with the members. Join us in our efforts to revive our great filipino tattoo tradition.

We are also trying to help our Pilipino youngsters back home by collecting and sending books through books for the barrios.

Click on fliers to view information.

July 8, 2006

Pilipino Youth Coalition (PYC) Vallejo Presents: REXSPACE – A PYC Vallejo Fund raiser featuring the comedy of Rex Navarrete. Tatak Ng Apat Na Alon Tribe – Bay Area Chapter had a special table set up at this event to represent the tribe and gain more interest. A handful of people took the time to leave their info so we can contact them of future meetings. Pictures taken by Estherlyn (Duke’s wife).

July 4, 2006

Hale ‘O Malo Polynesian Revue has a decade of high quality, authentic Polynesian production entertainment. All of their authentic island dancers are professionally trained by Hawaii’s best, every year. Their highly successful, nationally acclaimed family production can be seen annually at venues such as; State Fair, Milwaukee Public Museum, Wisconsin’s Asian Moon Festival, and Menomonee Falls Picnic in the Park to name a few. [Maia Young,Tribe member and affiliate of Hale ‘O Malo Polynesian Revue. She is featured in the pictures below, first on the far left and second in the middle showing off her Filipina/Hawaiian hybrid tattoo.]

Upcoming Show Dates:
Tuesday, July 4th GermantownFireworks Show time 7:30 pm
Friday, July 7th Milwaukee Art Museum Show time 5:00 pm
Friday, August 11th State Fair Park – Marketplace Stage 2 Show times 7:30 pm & 9:00 pm

July 01, 2006

Tribe member Shane Molomolo of the Australia Chapter is setting up a meeting for Filipino’s interested joining the Tribe. Shane has set up a meeting date at 6pm Saturday 01 Jul 06 at the Cargo Bar in Sydney’s Darling Harbour. So for any Filipino’s living in Australia and would like to join or is interested in receiving, getting a consultation on tattoos or to just support the Tribe you are welcomed to come. Please contact Shane for more information (Phone #: 0421809662). [Bernard Runo (Amang-RED) of Chicago Chapter featured on the left and Shane Molomolo of Australia Chapter featured on the right]

June 18, 2006

Jayson Winborn (Amang-BLACK) had a small meeting to celebrate his birthday as well as Father’s Day. They talked about some Fillipino history and plans for the Pista Sa Nayon Booth. View pictures below. [1] Dennis, Jayson Winborn (Amang-BLACK), Maria (candidate), Pete (candidate), and Mikes Friend, Jayson’s stepson, Mel (candidate), Jayson’s Brother in Law and Mike Encoy(Amang-BLACK). [2] Everyone discussing about history. [3] Jayson and Dennis. [4] Mel reading up on some info [5] Jayson’s mom reading up on The Last Filipino Headhunters.

June 03, 2006

VALLEJO PISTA SA NAYON – A Filipino Cultural Celebration. Celebrate with Vallejo’s rich and diverse Filipino community as they commemorate the 20th year of celebrating Philippine cultural Month in Vallejo and the 100th anniversary of the first Filipino immigrants in America. Tatak Ng Apat Na Alon Tribe – Bay Area Chapter representing to the fullest. From Mel (Amang-RED), Pedro (Anak), and Duke (Anak) spreading the news about the Tribe’s revival and mission, shown in the pictures below.

May 20, 2006

TAGO LE PASEFIKA – First Annual Island Spring Fest at the Excelsior Auditorium, Norwalk [15711 Pioneer blvd., Norwalk, CA 90650] Cost: $10 presale and $15 @ the door. For tickets, contact Jenalyn – (562) 547-7152 or… TAGO LE PASEFIKA”Touch of the Pacific”

Tatak Ng Apat Na Alon Tribe will have a booth featured in the festival along with food and other great vendors such as Island Tribe and Jenna’s Tropical Collection. Also an acoustic set by Local Culture. Doors open at 4pm. Show starts at 6pm. Bring your whole Family and your friends!!!

May 19-21, 2006

9th Annual New York City Tattoo Convention at the Roseland Ballroom in the heart of New York City’s Times Square. [239 West 52nd Street, New York, NY | 212-982-7700] The convention will host over eighty world renowned tattoo artists, body piercing professionals, vendors, and contests. For more information visit One of the featured artists is Dan DiMattia a tattooist from Belgium, and is also a friend of the Tribe. In this convention he was able to tattoo tribe candidates from the East Coast Chapter like Mike Mayuga and Alan Castro who is featured in the pictures getting tattooed as well as others who were interested in joinging the Tribe. Pictures by: Marisa DiMattia and Alan Castro

Visit their Site at

May 13, 2006

The 14th Annual Hawaiian Telecom FILIPINO FIESTA & PARADE. The state’s largest Filipino community celebration includes food, entertainment and crafts from various regions of the Philippines that demonstrate the depth of the Filipino culture, and sustain the legacy and diversity of the community. An estimated 20,000 local residents and visitors are expected to participate in this year’s Fiesta.

The Filipino Fiesta was founded in 1993 by local businessman Eddie Flores, Jr., and is held as a fund raiser for the Filipino
Community Center inWaipahu. Inaugurated on June 11, 2002,the FilCom was also the site of a week-long Fiesta in 2002.


The Filipino Community Center’s mission is to develop, own and operate a community center that provides social, economic and educational services, and to promote and perpetuate the Filipino culture and customs in the State of Hawaii.

The Filcom Center is the largest Filipino community center in the United States and outside of the Philippines.

April 27, 2006

DANNU (a candidate to join the tribe).
— Dannu of Writers Block/Visionaries

Writers Blocks “En Route” in stores now

NEW Writers Block Album “Next Stop”
OUT NOW in select stores & websites

April 22, 2006

Las Vegas Chapter had a concert/mixer/fundraiser. They invited the Amang-Red’s from both LA and Chicago Chapter to meet prospecting candidates to join the tribe and witness how great of a job they are doing with their chapter and how they want to shape the Las Vegas Filipino Community. Partial proceeds to this event benefit towards Teach for America.

March 23 – September 2006

Skin Deep: A Cultural History of Tattooing
This new exhibition will explore the tradition of indelible marking among indigenous peoples and other tattoo communities, past and present. Drawing from the accounts of explorers, historians and anthropologists, as well as the curator’s publications and field research, Skin Deep is a record of tattoo artistry and culture presented through interviews, objects, and many images from around the tattoo world dating from 5000 BCE to the present.

The exhibit includes contemporary and historical photographs, rare books, engravings, postcards, tattoo instruments, documentary film and other visual media. Although the exhibition examines the history and cultural significance behind ancient and more modern forms of tattooing, it also attempts to establish new ways of seeing and reading the messages encoded in tattooing practices themselves.

Guest Curator Lars Krutak (a Ph.D. candidate at the ASU School of Human Evolution & Social Change) has spent the past ten years recording the stories of tattooed people from around the globe.

Images from left to right:

• Philippine tattoo revitalization,
southern California (Lars Krutak, 2004)
• The “Painted Prince” Giolo
(engraving dated 1692)
• Kosovo Albanian youth with tribal tattoo
(Lars Krutak, 2001)
• Motu tattooist and client, Papua New Guinea
(ca. 1930)
• Kayan woman, Borneo (Lars Krutak, 2002)

March 11, 2006

Washington Chapter, Jayson Winborn (Amang-BLACK) along with John and Pete, met up with a candidate to join the Tribe – Al Acosta. Al is in the army and has been researching the tattoo culture and history of the Philippines for a few years. He said he has an extensive library that deals with filipino history, he also goes back home to the Philippines and talks with a few professors from U.P. and other colleges.

March 10-21, 2006

Bernard Runo Amang-RED of Chicago Chapter’s trip to Australia and New Zealand. [Caption written by Bernard]
Auckland, Wellington, Picton, Kaikoura, Ashburton, Timaru and Christchurch, New Zealand (Aotearoa):
PASIFIKA 2006, Western Springs Park, Auckland. This was also my second visit to Auckland and its annual PASIFIKA festival celebrating the culture, food, art and music of the many Poylnesian nations that lie just to the east of Aotearoa.

Auckland is the largest city in Polynesia and the over 250,000 that attended this year’s festival is just an indication of how large the Polynesian population actually is.


The park was divided up in villages representing the island nations/kingdoms of Tonga, Niue, Kiribati, Samoa, Tuvalu, Fiji and the indigenous Maori of New Zealand. The villages featured the handicrafts, textiles, music, dancing and food particular to each country. Needless to say there were quite a few folks sporting native tattoos.


This was also my first time to visit the South Island of New Zealand. Picturesque and naturally green and beautiful, I can see why Lord of the Rings was filmed here. I got to visit several sites where the movie was filmed, just up the road from my friend’s lake house.

March 8, 2006

DIDIPIO COMMUNITY FILES CASE AGAINST DENR & Mining Companies Northern Luzon Bishops hold a Thanksgiving Mass to support the Community’s Action. Philippines: Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya Regional Trial Court:


The Community of Baranggay Didipio, Kasibu Nueva Vizcaya filed a Petition for Mandamus against the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Climax Arimco Mining Corporation (CAMC), and its transferee Australasian Philippines Mining Incorporated (APMI) to force the agency to cancel the environmental compliance certificate (ECC) issued to Climax Arimco/ Australasian Philippines Mining Inc. (CAMC/APMI) and prevent the implementation of an invalid Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC).

The Environmental Compliance Certificate and the Financial Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA) issued to CAMC are conditioned on the local government consent requirement under sections 26 and 27 of the Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code of the Philippines. Under the law, CAMC/APMI should have obtained the consent of the Barangay, Municipal and Provincial councils as precondition to their mining operation. Both the Barangay and Municipal councils have already registered their opposition to the Didipio Gold/Copper mining project. “Accordingly, the failure to fulfill the local government consent requirement has rendered invalid the ECC of CAMC/APMI and therefore, any mining operation that will be commenced in the area will be illegal”, said Atty. Mary Ann Dela Pena –Regional Lawyer LRC-KSK/Friends of the Earth –Philippines.

On August 8, 2005, the municipal council of Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines resolved NOT TO ENDORSE the Didipio Gold-Copper Mining Project of CAMC/APMI.

Despite demands to DENR and its attached agencies to enforce the Ministerial cancellation of the ECC, no response has been given. Hence, a Petition for Mandamus is being filed to compel the DENR to issue a cancellation of the subject ECC.


This case represents the right of local government units to determine their own development applicable within their
boundaries to suit the specific circumstances of their local economic, social and environmental situations, while maintaining consistency with overall regional objectives of sustainable development. It also asserts the local government’s responsibility to prevent any projects which they deem to have potential social and environmental impacts from operating within the areas under their jurisdiction. “Large Scale Mining in the Philippines has never in its history proven to be a sustainable enterprise. In the past hundred years the country has been host to numerous mine spills and other environmental disasters not to mention the associated social ills mining brings to their host communities.” – JP Alipio Luzon Campaigner LRC-KSK/Friends of the Earth – Philippines

In line with this activity the Bishops of Northern Luzon led by Bishop Ramon Villena of Nueva Vizcaya and participated in by Bishop Sergio Utleg, of the Diocese of Ilagan, and Bishop Jun Andaya of the Diocese of Tabuk will be holding a thanksgiving mass at the Cathedral of Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya to support the Didipio community’s campaign against Climax Arimco/Australasian Philippines Mining Inc. The thanksgiving mass will be attended by the members of the Didipio community together with the Municipal officials of Kasibu and other advocates against large scale corporate mining in Nueva Vizcaya.

For inquiries or requests for interviews with the community members, Bishops, DSAC, or Lawyers of LRC-KSK/Friends of the Earth –Philippines please get in touch with:

JP Alipio, Luzon Campaigns
LRC-KSK/Friends of the Earth –Philippines
87- Madasalin St. Teachers Village, Q.C.
Tel: 434-4079
LRC-KSK/Friends of the Earth –Philippines
To know more about the Didipio campaign, please visit

March 1-10, 2006

Bernard Runo Amang-RED of Chicago Chapter’s trip to Australia and New Zealand.
[Caption written by Bernard]

Sydney & Cairns, Australia:
This was my second time down under. It was great meeting kababayans over there, especially those interested in starting a chapter of the Tribe. I got to meet Shane Molomolo who is currently serving as an officer in the Australian Navy. He was excited to meet someone from the US Tribe and was just as taken aback by my American accent as I was with his Australian accent.

We met both in Sydney and at this new post up north in Cairns, Queensland. This was my first visit to the tropical north, a region famous for the Great Barrier Reef, tropical rain forest, rivers and black crocodiles. I just missed the hurricane by a few days.

March 2006

Skin & Ink Tattoo Magazine, March 2006 Issue.
Features Tatak Ng Apat Na Alon Tribe in an article written by Lars Krutak called “Return of the Headhunters – The Philippine Tattoo Revival. To view the whole 8 page article, you’ll have to buy the magazine to check it out. In Stores Now. [1] Skin & Ink Cover [2] Kalinga Warriors photographed at the Baguio Carnival and Exposition of 1949, featured on the right side is Lakay Ollasic, supporter of the tribes revival. [3] 1st page of article on the Tribe.

March 2006

Ti Similla – Official Newsletter of the Academic Staff – UP Baguio: March 2006. One year after: latest news article on Philippine Central Cordillera Traverse Expedition on Page 7 and 8.

February 18, 2006

Jason Tilan tattooed by Big Rock and finished by Dan Adair of Temecula. Check out Soul Expressions Tattoo Shop


The Vegas Chapter met to talk about how to put together a letter of intent, the upcoming exibition featuring the Tribe at ASU and colonial mentality among Filipinos. Jay Alejandro gave a presentation on his reading about Lapu-lapu and Enrique the first Filipino around the world. Thanks to Jay & Christina for opening their home for the meeting and the great shoyu chicken. Thanks to Rodney and Randy for the poke’. Masarap! Finally, thanks to everyone for coming and participating. ~Amang Lane

February 3, 2006

Keone Nunes had a lecture in Huntington Beach Library about traditional arts of tattooing and the way it’s applied, tools of the old and the new. Also after the lecture Local Culture. [1] Keoni Nunes Lecturing [2] Far left: Crushy (Amang-RED), Rob, John, Loli, David, and Kavika. [3] Samoan Tattoo Artist Bill Savelio, Elle (Amang-RED), Keone Nunes, and local brada Samuel Kapoi

January 21, 2006

Las Vegas Chapter had a gathering to talk about furthering the growth of their chapter. Members and candidates from the Las Vegas Chapter of the Tribe get together to discuss cultural pride, indigenous beliefs and the tattooing traditions of the Philippines. Afterwards the Las Vegas Chapter, along with Filipinos all across the globe, watched Manny Pacquiao defeat Eric Morales for the super-feather weight title! Filipino Pride soars around the world!!!

January 13-15, 2006

Lane Wilken (Amang-Red) of the Las Vegas Chapter came down for the weekend along with Jay (Anak). He came down to do research at the Tribe’s library for his upcoming book. Pictured below is Jay (Anak), Elle (Amang-RED), and Lane (Amang-RED)

January 6-8, 2006
Body Art Expo – Tattoo and Body Art Convention at the Pomona Fairplex.

Members of the Tribe entered the Tribal Contest along with friends of the Tribe Jackie, Jacinda, and Ati . The 1st and 3rd place were given to Ati and Jackie whose Samoan Tattoos were designed by Bill and Tattooed by BIG ROCK of The Speezy.

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