Sandugo Festival

Tagbilaran City, Bohol

The Sandugo Festival is an annual historical celebration that takes place every year in Tagbilaran City on the island of Bohol. This festival commemorates the Treaty of Friendship between Datu Sikatuna, a chieftain in Bohol, and Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi. This 16th-century peace treaty occurred on March 16, 1565 through a blood compact or "sandugo".

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estival is held every July. The Tagbilaran City Charter Day on July 1 kicks-off the month-long festival with a holy mass, diana, motorcade and program sponsored by the City Government of Tagbilaran. Among the major activities during the month is the Miss Bohol Sandugo Beauty Pageant, and the Sandugo Street Dancing Competition which is usually held on the 3rd or 4th Sunday of July, and organized by the Bohol Sandugo Foundation, Inc. (BSFI).

Sandugo Festival News

  • Bohol Lays Down Activities For 2018 Sandugo Festival

    Bohol Lays Down Activities For 2018 Sandugo Festival

    Planning to visit Bohol this July?

    Tourists are in for a month-long celebration as the province hosts the annual Sandugo Festival.

    The festival, which commemorates a blood compact or "sandugo" between an early Bohol chieftain Datu Sikatuna, and Spanish conqueror Miguel Lopez de Legazpi in 1565, will mark its 30th year this July.

    "Sandugo is a precursor, an early seed of Boholano culture," said Lucas Nunag, chair of the Bohol provincial tourism council.

    "This years festival will be very significant because its the 30th. Its a milestone," he added.

    Among the activities that the l ...

  • Agri Fair Tatak Bohol In Julys Sandugo Festival

    Afive-day agriculture fair will be one of the highlights of the provinces celebration of the Sandugo festival in July.

    A statement from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist said on Saturday that the fair will feature produce from Boholano farmers and will run from July 17 to 21.

    Assistant Provincial Agriculturist Larry Pamugas said the fair has been traditionally included in the activities during the Sandugo festival every July to promote, integrate the promotion and marketing of the agro-tourism efforts of Bohol.

    One of the highlights of the fair will be the launch of the "Tata ...

  • Bohols Sandugo Festival 2017

    Bohols Sandugo Festival 2017

    It was a parade of colors and smiles as Boholanos celebrated the Sandugo Festival, the annual grand fiesta in Tagbilaran City to commemorate the blood contract between local chieftain Datu Sikatuna and Spanish explorer Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.

    Though the historical event happened on March 16, 1565, the province celebrates Sandugo in July in time for the Tagbilaran's charter day (July 1) and Bohol Day (July 22).

    The gathering of all Boholanos (Balik-Bohol) from all over the world also happens during the month of July.

    Last July 29, tourists and thousands of Boholanos flocked to the str ...

  • A Grand Boholano Fiesta At Sandugo Festival 2017

    A Grand Boholano Fiesta At Sandugo Festival 2017

    It?s July and it?s that time of the year for Bohol?s biggest festival, Sandugo. The month-long festival lets both locals and tourists take part in a myriad of activities to celebrate the rich culture of Bohol. Music, art, food, sports, and beauty ? experience the best of Bohol at Sandugo Festival 2017!

    Sandugo Sports Festival

    Head on to the CPG Sports Complex this July 15-16, 9 AM and watch the best swimmers battle it out for supremacy at the Swimming Competition. Witness the action at the Dragon Boat Competition happening on July 16, 7 AM at Miramar, Dauis.

    Sandugo Night Market
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  • Celebrating The Boholano Heritage Culture History And Environment

    Celebrating The Boholano Heritage Culture History And Environment

    My images of Bohol are that of its white sands, cerulean seas, and verdant hills.

    I remember its magnificent churches, which were badly damaged by an earthquake in 2013. Beside one of these churches, at the astonishing Dauis Church convent, I had one of the most exquisite dining experiences. I also have fond memories of the Bee Farm, which at that time satisfied all my vegetarian cravings. I also recall how cute the tarsiers, one of the world's smallest primates, were.

    Ever since my first Bohol visit years ago, I longed to return and see more of this province. Like many other tourists, I ...

  • Bohol Fest Seeks To Be More Historically Faithful And Less Show-bizzy

    Bohol Fest Seeks To Be More Historically Faithful And Less Show-bizzy

    Complaining that the yearly festival commemorating the historic Blood Compact between the Philippines and Spain has degenerated through the years into banal entertainment, organizers said they have tried to make the Sinulog more rooted in Bohol's rich history and heritage.

    Lamenting that the Sandugo has turned into a copycat of Cebu's Sinulog, making it "a little impoverished twin brother," Sandugo 2016 artistic committee head Lutgardo Labad said this year's festival has focused on local cultural forms and crafts as an expression of Boholanos' innate artistry and originality.

    Instead of ...