Updates & Events: 2007

September 8-9, 2007

Come join Tatak Ng Apat Na Alon Tribe at the 16th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture at Pt. Fermin Park, 807 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro, CA from 10am to 6pm. Admission is $5 per day. 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!


JULY 2007 First week of July make sure you guys go to every magazine store because the SEPTEMBER 2007 ISSUE 217
of TATTOO MAGAZINE is out featuring the Tribe. It’ll be out all throughout this month of July. Down below is the front cover and the second insert magazine cover.

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” www.orpilla.com. 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 TATAK NG APAT NA ALON TRIBE WASHINGTON CHAPTER will have a booth for PISTA SA NAYON.
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.


June 8-10, 2007 International Ink and Iron Festival on the Queen Mary in Long Beach. The Tribe will be there along with
friends from Maui, Oahu, and friends from Tattoo Krew.


May 19, 2007 ABS CBN International – SPEAK OUT. Tatak Ng Apat Na Alon took place on the panel for tattoos. Watch Speak Out: To Prick or Not to Prick – Tattoos and Piercings on TFC. The show will air June 10th. Many thanks to the Bay Area Chapter, most especially Duke Juanitas (Anak) and his family for all the hospitality. Salamat!


Sunday Night: LA Chapter finally got to visit Bay Area Chapter Mel Orpilla’s house. [1] Group picture: Mel (Amang-RED), Elle (Amang-RED), Duke (ANAK), Bigs (Amang-RED), Eric (Amang-RED). (not pictured) Pedro Laconsay (Anak) and Zel (Inang-Blue). Thanks for the yummy adobo Mel!


May 12, 2007 Halina’t Magsaya sa Filipino Fiesta. Come & Enjoy the Filipino Fiesta! Saturday, May 12, 2007 from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m at Kapiolani Park & Bandstand, Honolulu, Hawaii. The Hawaii Filipino Fiesta is held annually in conjunction with the Filipino Community Center. Each year, the Filipino Community Center, with volunteer support from the Honolulu Filipino
Junior Chamber of Commerce, various individuals and organizations have put together a day-long summer celebration
showcasing the different facets of the Filipino Community and its supporters. The Fiesta is held across the famous Waikiki
Beach at Queen Kapiolani Park and Bandstand. Hundreds of vendors and merchants will showcase a variety of products and
services including cultural crafts. Tasty Filipino and non-Filipino treats will be available like lumpia, fresh fruits, and the refreshing halo-halo. Tatak Ng Apat Na Alon Tribe members of Oahu Chapter will have their own booth. Come visit us!!


April 18, 2007 Tribe members of the Bay Area Chapter along with Mel Orpilla (Amang-RED) will be doing a lecture at CSU, Sacramento. The presentation will be on Pre-Hispanic Philippine history all the way to Filipino American History. They will also be including Philippine tattoo traditions and Balintawak Arnis for a more interactive and dynamic presentation.


March 24-31, 2007 Went to Miami to catch a boat to San Juan, Puerto Rico to St. Thomas, and St. Maarten, Virgin Islands. From St. Thomas to St. Maarten of the Virgin Islands Filipino Communities thrive and have restaurants and grocery stores. It was a trip to finally take a vacation with family and end up still talking about the revival. POWER TO THE FILIPINO PEOPLE IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS!!

Miami, Florida: We made a brief stop around Miami’s South Beach and also stopped by Miami Ink. The following day we boarded the Carnival Triumph and then we were off to the eastern part of the Caribbean.


San Juan, Puerto Rico


St. Thomas


St. Maarten


March 11, 2007 Photoshoot & BBQ/ Going away party for Glen Fontillas, Maui tattooist. He wanted to work with the tribe and join the Maui Chapter as a candidate but that will take some time. He stayed for two weeks in March and we decided to invite all the people that got tattooed to the BBQ plus all the Anaks for a photoshoot. Thanks to Bruce & Kristin for being our
great photographers!


March 08, 2007 Body Art Expo, San Francisco. Tribe member Duke Juanitas (ANAK) won 3rd Place for the tribal tatoo contest. Thanks to the research of the Tribe, design of Orly of Humble Beginnings – San Jose, Elle (Amang-RED), Glen Fontillas.


January 19-22, 2007 Tribe members from different chapters (Oahu, Washington, Chicago) around the states flew in for the Tattoo Magazine Photoshoot and also to meet each other, all in one place, for the first time. One big tattooed family!!!


Friday and Saturday:

Day of Tattoo Magazine Photoshoot. All the candid shots were taken by Joe Ash while Markus Cuff shot our photos for Tattoo
Magazine – Many thanks to MARKUS CUFF for photographing the Tribe.