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.