ISLAND OF BOHOL | MARCH 16, 1565. As part of the tribal tradition,Â Datu Sikatuna, the chieftain of Bohol, and Spanish explorer Miguel LÃ³pez de Legazpi, made a blood compactÂ 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. Â 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.