BOHOLANOS brace for SANDUGO@30
J uly is without doubt, the most festive month for Boholanos. And the fun is guaranteed to double this year.
Because aside from the 30th Sandugo Festival, July 2018 is also a Tigum Bol- anon sa Tibuok Kalibutan ( TBTK) Year.
The actual Blood Compact may have happened centuries ago, on March 16, 1565 to be exact, but it was only in 1988 that Boholanos have decided to commemorate the First Treaty of Friendship between the Spaniards and the Filipinos, aptly calling it Sandugo.
‘Sandugo’ is a Visayan word which means “one blood;” or in Tagalog, “isang dugo.”
The Sandugo was a blood compact between Spanish explorer Miguel Lopez de Legazpi and Boholano chieftain Datu Sikatuna.
This month, Boholanos will be commemorating the historic treaty with a bang!
Carmen Gatal, the “Grand Dame” of almost all annual Sandugo celebrations, said this year’s Grand Sandugo Festival opened with a Holy Mass and a commemorative program on the First of July at the St. Joseph’s Cathedral.
Highlights for this year’s month- long celebration, according to Ms. Gatal, are the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Trade Fair last July 10 at the Island City Mall and the Agri- Fair by the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, from July 17-20, complete with a Product Showcase and a Flower and Garden Show.
Other exciting activities lined up this year are; The Sharon Cuneta Show on July 14 at the Bohol Wisdom School; the annual Songfest and Retro Party, both on July 20; Sandugo Bubble Run 2018; and of course, the much-awaited International Fusion Nights, the Miss Bohol 2018 Talent and Pageant Nights, a boxing and air rifle shooting competition, the Bohol Day Awarding of the Ten Outstanding Boholanos Around the World ( TOBAW), and the Grand Kuradang Street Dancing and Sandugo re- en- actment which will have 13 participating LGUs.
Ms. Gatal added that the criteria for the street dancing has specified that each town’s pre- sentation must include its particular cultural heritage; with each participant using indigenous materials, specifically from Bohol.
She also said that they have doubled the financial subsidy this year, from P100,000 to P200,000 while prizes have also increased wherein the 3rd placer will get P200,000; 2nd placer will receive P250,000; and the Grand Champion will pocket P300,000, signifying the 30th year of the Sandugo Festival.
For the TBTK, incumbent President David Fabiosa is planning to make this year’s celebration grander, more colorful and even more reminiscent of everything Boholano.
The “homing” Boholanos will have a chance to get together from July 25-28 and enjoy different activities like a welcome night, a motorcade, a traditional Boholano breakfast at Café Caloy and another one right after an environmental activity in Panglao, and a chance to view the New Bohol Museum with the TOBAW awardees, participate in traditional Boholano games, and the chance to witness the Miss Bohol International Pageant.
Participants will have their general assembly on July 27 with a Gala Night and Induction of its new set of officers to be sponsored by the Provincial Government led by Gov. Edgar M. Chatto.