Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Blood Compact Monument "Sandugo Shrine"

Blood Compact Shrine (Sandugo)
Brgy. Bool, Tagbilaran City, Bohol
By Lakwatsero

If the Cebuanos take pride of Lapu-lapu who became the first Filipino who fought and killed Ferdinand Magellan who led the first group of Spanish explorers who conquered our county, the Boholanos also have their very own Datu Sikatuna. A native of Bool - a barangay of Tagbilaran City - became the first Filipino ambassador of peace and goodwill.

"Sandugo" Shrine

He carried out this role when he performed a blood compact with Don Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, who traced the footsteps of the Portuguese Ferdinand Magellan and successfully led the next batch of Spaniards to set foot in the archipelago. Held on March 16, 1565, this unprecedented feat in Philippine history is considered to be as the first “Treaty of Friendship” between a Spaniard and an Asian. "Sandugo" is a Visayan word means "one blood".

Blood Compact Marker

Essentially, the blood compact was forged between these two chieftains for the purpose of creating cordial and diplomatic relations between the two very different kingdoms – it was a political event. In commemoration of this historical event, a life-size diorama made up of pure bronze is erected just few meters from the exact location where the ritual was made. The statues depict what happened during that commemorative event, and in a way by serve as an evidence of Bohol’s rich history.

We are very lucky and fortunate to see the actual monument, not only on pictures but to have and take a picture right on its monument.

Entrance Fee: None
Parking Fee: Free (any type of vehicle)

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