Vogue Philippines announced last week that Whang-Od would be the magazine’s cover star for its April 2023 issue. Whang-Od, also known by Maria Oggay, is based in Buscalan, a mountain village in Cordillera Region, which is based in the island of Luzon in the Philippines, according to the publication.
The magazine also praised the artist on Instagram for how her works symbolises the “strength and beauty of the Filipino spirit”.
According to this article from 2013, she claimed to be 92 years old at the time, which would support a birthdate of c.1921. The Philippines has something known as the Centenarians Act of 2016, which provides a gift of Php 100,000 (around $1,807 USD) to anyone who reaches the age of 100, meaning that there's a big incentive for elderly people to deliberately exaggerate their age late in life in order to receive this reward.
There's also another woman from her same tribe who claims to be a supercentenarian (like Whang-od, she has the same tribal tattoos all across her arms), but in actuality is likely unsure of her true age:
Profile picture: Marita Camacho Quirós (1911-Present)