DSC_2980Four days ago, I was in Buscalan, Kalinga, a village nestled in the Cordillera Mountains that is famous for its tattooed men and women. I was particularly drawn to the elderly, not just because of the permanent marks on their skin, but also because of their peaceful countenance. They seemed contented and happy in old age, every line and wrinkle an indication of the life they have lived thus far. It was a wonderful thing to capture in photographs.

The woman in this photo is Oop. According to her grandson, her name was inspired by the call of a bird.

This is part of a small series called The 100-Word Travel Stories. Why 100 words?

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