The Sandugo Festival is the annual festival in Bohol commemorating the 1656 Blood Compact
between Boholano chieftain Datu Sikatuna and Spanish General Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. The
month-long festivities happening every month of July started in 1989.


Why July?

While the 1565 Blood Compact happened in the month of March, the Sandugo Festival was
established in July since March is customarily the time for commencement exercises and the
season of Lent also usually falls in the same month limiting the participation of the academe and
the church in the celebration.


July was the most auspicious, being the month during which the Tagbilaran City Charter Day is
observed on July 1 and the Bohol Day, on July 22; the two dates having been declared as local
holidays. July was also seen as a month when balikbayans can attend homecomings. True enough,
besides being the Sandugo month, July has become a time when most school and family reunions
are being held.