From the Sinulog Festival to a Bohol Countryside Tour

The well-known Sinulog festival is coming up and everyone in Cebu is getting ready for that big day right after the holiday season is over. Sinulog is celebrated every third Sunday of January and when this happens, millions of people from all over the country as well as tourists flock to Cebu to witness the grand parade composed of large floats and contingents from the different schools and companies in the city.

Festivals are celebrated in thanksgiving and honor of the city’s patron saint. The Philippines love celebrating different festivals in different parts of the archipelago in different months of the year. To name a few, Baguio City celebrates Panagbenga Festival, Bacolod City celebrates Masskara Festival, Iloilo City celebrates Dinagyang Festival, Davao City celebrates the Kadayawan Festival, and Bohol celebrates Sandugo Festival. Of all the festivals in the Philippines, Sinulog is one of the most popular.

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Sandugo Festival in Bohol

The Sandugo Festival is an annual historical celebration that takes place every year on the month of July, in the island of Bohol. This festival honors the treaty of friendship or blood compact between Boholano Chieftain Datu Sikatuna and Spanish Explorer Miguel López de Legazpi which took place on March 16, 1565.

Formalized and sealed through the blood compact, the Sandugo celebrates the kinship between two people of different nationalities, different religious beliefs, and different cultures. The Sandugo treaty is called a blood compact because the participants each drink a small amount of the other’s blood. (“Dugo” means blood in the Visayan language.) This was a traditional way to formalize treaties of friendship in the Philippines. Formalized and sealed through the blood compact, the Sandugo celebrates the kinship between two people of different in religion, nationality, culture and civilization.

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