July 08, 2017

The Blood Compact Shrine in Bohol

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    In today’s world, we show trust to others we’ve met by going into an agreement, having it written down, and signing it. Though this was present during the early days of the Spanish Occupation, Filipinos back then preferred the Blood Compact, immortalized in Bohol’s Blood Compact Shrine.

    The Sandugo or blood compact, an act of trust, confidence, and friendly relations, was the preferred way of getting into what can be called today as “diplomatic relations”. The best example of this is the blood compact that happened between Datu Sikatuna and General Miguel Lopez de Legaspi in 1565.

    A few drops of blood drawn from a small cut in the arm of Sikatuna and Lopez de Legaspi were placed in cups with wine. They would then exchange their cups and drink them in front of their subordinates. It is seen as the first international treaty of friendship between Filipinos and Spaniards, which would later set-up the country as a colony of Spain.

    The moment is immortalized in bronze at the Sandugo Shrine located at Tagbilaran East Rd., Bool District, Tagbilaran City, Bohol. You can find it right beside Ocean Suites Boutique Hotel.


    Sandugo Shrine

    Address: Tagbilaran East Rd., Bool District, Tagbilaran City, Bohol

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