The Sandugo Festival

Celebrate Sandugo Festival 2017

It’s time of the year’s most colorful festival celebration in the whole province of Bohol. But only few of us really know the real history of the said festival. What does it represents? Where did it came from? And Why we celebrate?

The Blood Compact Shrine
The Blood Compact Shrine

Sandugo History

Sandugo commemorates the Blood Compact between Spanish explorer Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and Boholano Chieftain Datu Sikatuna, which took place on March 16, 1565. This treaty became known as the Philippines’ first international treaty.

Formalized and sealed through the blood compact, the Sandugo celebrates the kinship between two people of different nationalities, different religious beliefs, and different cultures.

The Bohol Sandugo Festival 2015 celebrates this same spirit of partnership, in the midst of recovery from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck the province on October 15, 2013.

Bohol Gov. Edgar M. Chatto, and this year’s Sandugo Chairperson says the month-long festival also celebrates Boholano resilience and unity. The Sandugo Festival is the annual festival in Bohol commemorating the 1656 Blood Compact between Boholano chieftain Datu Sikatuna and Spanish General Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. The month-long festivities happening every month of July started in 1989.

The Sandugo Festival is the annual festival in Bohol commemorating the 1656 Blood Compact between Boholano chieftain Datu Sikatuna and Spanish General Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. The month-long festivities happening every month of July started in 1989.

 

Why July?

While the 1565 Blood Compact happened in the month of March, the Sandugo Festival was established in July since March is customarily the time for commencement exercises and the season of Lent also usually falls in the same month limiting the participation of the academe and the church in the celebration.

July was the most auspicious, being the month during which the Tagbilaran City Charter Day is observed on July 1 and the Bohol Day, on July 22; the two dates having been declared as local holidays. July was also seen as a month when balikbayans can attend homecomings. True enough, besides being the Sandugo month, July has become a time when most school and family reunions are being held.

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