Bohol escapade: Blood Compact shrine

You may have your first or final stop at the Blood Compact shrine.


On 16 March 1565 (or 25 March, records are confused due to the Georgian calendar reform in 1584), Legazpi and Sikatuna performed the now famous blood compact, probably not far from the modern town of Loay. This event is still celebrated in Bohol every year in June with the Sandugo (“One Blood”) festival. The same ceremony was repeated three days later with Sigala. –

The following pics were taken with a lower resolution cameraphone

Note: the lady is not part of the blood compact rites. (harharhar)

Beside the Blood Compact shrine are vendors where you can buy your pasalubong! You don’t have to pay any fees here.

Not far from the Blood Compact shrine is another monument. Our tour guide said that this was really the actual place where the blood compact was done and not on the “shrine”.


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