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Blood Compact Monument commemorates the first international treaty of friendship between Filipinos and Spaniards. The blood compact, or sandugo, took place as part of a tribal tradition in 1565 to seal the friendship between the two nations. The statues depict celebrated Basque-Spanish navigator Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, who arrived in Cebu just before the treaty, and Rajah Sikatuna, lord of Bohol, as well as several witnesses present on that momentous day. In addition to historical significance, the monument offers views of the Bohol Sea. To visit Blood Compact Monument on your holiday in Bohol Island, and find out what else Bohol Island has to offer, use our Bohol Island vacation generator.
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The Sandugo was a blood compact, performed in the island of Bohol in the Philippines, between the Spanish explorer Miguel López de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna the chieftain of Bohol on March 16, 1565, t... more »
Nothing serious here, just a statue of 5 people making a pact, situated alongside a busy highway. Nothing much to do other than take pics or buy some keyrings more »
Therese Aby P
...the landmark itself is pretty to look at. When i went, there were lota of people so i wasn't able to take a selfie, but what's a selfie? Historical places are for the history. So. more »
Shiela Jane Tilacas
Blood compact was an ancient ritual in the Philippines intended to seal a friendship or treaty. The monument is situated just nearby highway.. We left right away after we took pictures and bought some Bohol Souvenirs.
This is not the site of the actual blood compact, but instead is a monument for the city's Sandugo Festival. (There's another monument at the more accurate site.) It's got a great view, but otherwise there's not much to do there.
Joy Atilano Lagac
The site is historical. I was not able to locate the NHI marker though, unlike any other historical sites in the country. Our driver/tour guide said that the position of the deep-water well was the actual site where the Sandugo happened. Also, the area gets crowded as it gets late so it is advisable to visit the place in the morning.
This is not the original site - the original site is further along the road. However this site is good to visit if you are interested in seeing exceptional works of art. Sculpture was done by Napoleon Abueva, he is the Father of modern Filipino sculpture and a National Artist of the Philippines. He is also a native of Bohol.
It's not the actual place where the historic blood compact happened, but the place is okay. A must-visit for any Filipino visiting Bohol.
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