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NAS Academy breaks silence over Whang-Od Academy tag as a 'scam'

 Nas Academy finally released a statement August 5 on a controversy that accused  'Whang-Od Academy' a scam.

The digital learning platform founded by Nuseir Yassin a.k.a Nas Daily released a video that showed proof tattoo artist Whang-Od signed a document claimed to be a contract for the platform "Whang-Od Academy."

To "set the record straight" following claims by Gracia Palicas that her grandmother did not sign any contract with Nas Daily. 

"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. So we pitched her family the idea of creating Whang-Od Academy," a statement read.

"Her and her family present both loved this idea, and have worked WITH US to build it, with Whang-Od teaching herself. 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. This is the clearest evidence that it is not a scam and achieved the consent of her and her immediate family," it added.

Nas Academy went on to state that "Everybody was compensated for their time, and for every sale the Whang-Od Academy generates, most of it went directly to her and her family."

Along with the statement is a 22-second clip of Whang-Od showing her doing the fingerprint signature, with her relative and a supposed translator.

"40% of Nas Academy is made up of Filipinos. So for us, this is personal. We care deeply about the Philippines and respect the many cultures and traditions that exist across the country. And we have all come together to make the world a better place."

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