Thousands troop to Sandugo Festival 2015

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Foreign and local tourists joined the Boholanos in celebrating the Sandugo Festival, one of the major Philippine festivals featured in the Visit the Philippines Year 2015 (VPY2015) calendar. Held annually in Tagbilaran Ciy, the month-long celebration features colorful parades, trade fairs, street dancing, beauty pageants, sports competitions, and cultural activities. It also commemorates the sandugo or blood compact between Spanish explorer Miguel López de Legazpi and Bohol chieftain Datu Sikatuna on March 16, 1565 to seal their friendship as part of a tribal tradition. Today, it is recognized as the first International Treaty of Friendship between the Filipinos and Spaniards.

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