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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.

More prizes

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.

TBTK ac­tiv­i­ties

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.

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