The Sandugo or blood compact is an act of trust, confidence, and friendly relations. This is the traditional equivalent of what we know now as “diplomatic relations” and is done by drawing a small cut in the arm of two opposing entities with the blood placed in cups with wine. This historical moment is immortalized in bronze sculpture by Boholano National Artist, the late Napoleon V. Abueva.
27 years later, from something that once rocked the country and shocked Southeast Asia, Mount Pinatubo is now hailed as one of the country’s top tourist destination with its dangerous yet aesthetically beautiful sight. Best known for its June 1991 eruption, the most intense eruption in recent memory, second only to when Krakatoa blew its top in 1883. It almost wiped the province of Zambales off the map but has since become dormant, offering spectacular views of the caldera created in the aftermath of its eruption. Although considered as a dangerous sight, its beauty sparked interest to people and foreigners, making trail hikes to Mount Pinatubo part of everyone’s itinerary.