The Blood Compact Shrine

This shrine is built in commemoration of the blood compact or Sandugo between the Spanish explorer Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and the Bohol chieftain, Datu Sikatuna.  This is to seal their friendship as part of the tribal tradition.  
Sandugo (Isang Dugo) or one blood was a ritual where they made a small cut on their left arm with a dagger and drew a few drops of blood from the incision and mixed it with wine. They then drank the wine at the same time in honor of their friendship. 
This is considered the first international treaty of friendship between the Filipinos and Spaniards.  The inscription in the monument describes the event.  

It wrote:
About the middle of March 1565, the fleet of Captain General Miguel López de Legazpi anchored along these shores. In the course of this visit, López de Legazpi entered into a blood compact with Datu Sikatuna for the purpose of insuring friendly relations between the Spaniards and Filipinos.

Each of the two leaders made a small cut in his arm, drew a few drops of blood from the incision, mixed it with wine, and drank the goblet containing the blood of the other. Thus was the first bond of friendship between Filipinos and Spaniards.

It is observed in the following manner: one from each party draws two or three drops of blood from his own arm or breast and mixes them in the same cup, with water or wine. Then the mixture must be divided equally between two cups and neither person may depart until both cups are alike drained.
Being a Filipino, this is one of a must visit site. It's good to know and actually see the site where this kind of friendship was formed.


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