Shaken yet resilient. This best describes the Boholanos as they recover from the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that shocked the province on October 15, 2013.
Fast forward to nine months after the earthquake, Bohol continues to rise from the rubble.
Amid the gloomy weather last July 27, the colorful costumes and warm smiles of the participants brightened the day in Tagbilaran City in celebration of the Sandugo Festival 2014. Rain or shine, the 12 groups from different schools and municipality danced with gusto.
Here’s a slideshow of the street dancing and the show down at the stadium.
The contingents of the Bohol Island State University clad in gold and green emerged as the champion and bagged Php 300,000.00. The Tribu Nagkahiusang Balilinhon from the Municipality of Balilihan was declared first runner-up while the Holy Name University placed second. The first runner-up was awarded with Php 250,000 while the second runner-up received Php 150,000.
Watch the video highlights of the festival (shot using iPhone and edited using iMovie for iPhone).
Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto, who is also the chairperson of the festival, said that the Sandugo Festival is a springboard for the people to unite. It also celebrates the resiliency of the Boholanos. The word “Sandugo” means “blood compact”.
The Sandugo is the historic blood compact that transpired between Boholano chieftain Datu Sikatuna and Spanish conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legazpi on March 16, 1565. The blood compact sealed the Treaty of Friendship between the Boholanos and the Spaniards. It is considered as the first international treaty of the Philippines.
*Special thanks to USAID-COMPETE, Bohol Tourism Council, Bohol Provincial Tourism Office, Department of Tourism and Amorita Resort for inviting Tripadora.com to witness the Sandugo Festival.