ISLAND OF BOHOL | MARCH 16, 1565. As part of the tribal tradition, Datu Sikatuna, the chieftain of Bohol, and Spanish explorer Miguel López de Legazpi, made a blood compact to seal their friendship. This is considered as the first treaty of friendship between the Spaniards and Filipinos.
BOHOL ISLAND | FEBRUARY 14, 2011. As part of our 3-nights-and-2-days family vacation in Bohol, we made the first stop of our Bohol Island Tour at the Blood Compact Shrine, a monument built to commemorate and immortalize the historic event.
Ben, our guide, authoritatively informed us that the actual blood compact happened almost a kilometer down by the sea coast and that the present-day local leaders decided to build the shrine up by the highway to make it much more accessible to tourists.
We didn’t stay long at the shrine. There was not much to see anyway. Besides, we had a full schedule ahead of us that day.
It was a fitting first stop for our island tour, as it set the right “speed” for the rest of the day.