Sandugo commemorates the Blood Compact between Spanish explorer Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and Boholano Chieftain Datu Sikatuna, which took place on March 16, 1565. This treaty became known as the Philippines’ first international treaty.

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 Bohol Sandugo Festival 2015 celebrates this same spirit of partnership, in the midst of recovery from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck the province on October 15, 2013.

Bohol Gov. Edgar M. Chatto, and this year’s Sandugo Chairperson says the month-long festival also celebrates Boholano resilience and unity.