The enduring and paramount magnitudes of a nation’s colorful and enticing history are best exemplified with those fascinating and nostalgic landmarks that remarkably resonated as to how the Philippines had successfully traversed the inimitable tides of political changes which had victoriously shaped its past, present and future. Looking back, there are so many historical shrines in the Philippines which are not only rich in cultural and sociological essentials that are somehow irreplaceable by any material wealth. To begin with, grandiose historical shrines in the Philippines are the ultimate national treasures that widely open the portals of national consciousness and social awareness; most especially of today’s younger generation, just like the Sandugo Shrine. Moreover, these lofty works of art can be tremendously regarded as the first-string and noble expressions of a unique national identity, flourishing Filipino culture and a kind patriotism that seemed to be incomprehensible and overpowering inside and out.

Bohol's Sandugo Shrine.

Bohol’s Sandugo Shrine.

Historically, the sacred and momentous Blood Compact in Bohol was a sacred ritual which had been formally conducted in that mesmerizing island, between a goal-oriented Spanish explorer, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi together with a fierce chieftain of the province, Datu Sikatuna. They both had their own special and eternal methods of sealing the most enriching and long lasting friendship between their respective native lands. As a whole, the so-called Sandugo was the first- ever friendship pact between Spain and the Philippines which was formally inked through their own blood on the fateful day of March 16, 1565. Generally, the Sandugo was a process of making a slight cut on the wrists of those signatories by using a dagger and afterwards, pouring their precious blood on a mixture of pure wine. After which, both contracting parties had already established a kind of pact which magnanimously sealed their allegiance and commitment to harmoniously protect the interests of each other regardless of age, culture, race and traditional beliefs. In commemoration of this pivotal turning point in Philippine history, a simple and serene shrine was built in Bohol.

More so, the far reaching Sandugo Shrine and its central figures were flawlessly made by a notable Filipino National Artist for Sculpture, Napoleon Abueva. Incidentally, Abueva is a certified son of Bohol. Speaking of its unforgettable artistic features, they are as follows: This prodigious tourist attraction has a stupefying backdrop that can be attractively likened to a breathtaking facade of Mother Nature. Likewise, Tagbilaran’s Sandugo Shrine has life-sized images which were exquisitely made from high-quality bronze materials. Last but not the least, the exact location of Sandugo Shrine and its wonderful replica is conveniently found just a few meters away from its original historical site.

The shrine is absolutely free of charge. However, you can ask some of its very diligent and dedicated caretakers if they are wholeheartedly accepting any amount as a donation. Every year, the people of Tagbilaran, Bohol do not only visit this scenic spot to joyfully remember how Spain had gracefully succeeded in the much-awaited political alliance with the Philippines. Thus, the amiable Boholanos are happily celebrating this very festive occasion with a true-to-life re-enactment of how this historical event all started. In addition, this premiere historical shrine in Bohol has unprecedentedly turned out to be the most sought after tourist attraction in the province because it was the very first time that the Philippines had become the most beauteous ally of Spain; since it was unexpectedly discovered by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521. Now, do you want to see it yourself? Here’s how.

Getting There

Actually, once you are already there in Tagbilaran City in Bohol you can easily reach the Sandugo Shrine by riding a taxi cab or even a tricycle. By the way, to keep you guided accordingly always have with you an accurate and clearer road map of your final destination.

In essence, the Sandugo Shrine in Tagbilaran City, Bohol is the overall overview of how Spain was bewilderingly smitten by the Philippines’ eternal topographical majesty, unspeakable ounce of gallantry.

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