MANILA -- 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 streets of Plaza Rizal to Carlos P. Garcia Complex inTagbilaran City to experience Bangga sa Kuradang and Subli sa Sandugo, the Sandugo street dance and the reanactment of the blood compact.
ABS-CBN News witnessed the celebration as part of a media trip organized by AirAsia, the official partner of Sandugo Festival, and the Bohol Tourism Office.
Here are some photos from the Sandugo Festival 2017.
Boholanos celebrate Sandugo Festival 2017.
Reyma Deveza, ABS-CBN News