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Location in the Philippines

Bohol /bˈhl/ is a 1st provincial income class island province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas region, consisting of the island itself and 75 minor surrounding islands. Its capital is Tagbilaran. With a land area of 4,821 km2 (1,861 sq mi) and a coastline 261 km (162 mi) long, Bohol is the tenth largest island of the Philippines. To the west of Bohol is Cebu, to the northeast is the island of Leyte and to the south, across the Bohol Sea, is Mindanao.

The province of Bohol is a first-class province divided into 3 congressional districts, comprising 1 component city and 47 municipalities. It has 1,109 barangays.

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The Sandugo was a blood compact performed in native-Bohol style between the traveling Spanish explorer Miguel López de Legazpi and Datu Sikatuna of Bohol on March 16, 1565 in the Philippines to seal their friendship as part of the native custom. The pact was entered into by López de Legazpi for the purpose of insuring friendly relations between the Spaniards and the natives. This is considered as the first international treaty of friendship between two people of different races, a Filipino and a Spaniard. "Sandugo" is a Visayan term meaning "one blood" (san means one, and dugo means blood).

A hallmark of the Philippine province of Bohol, the Sandugo is depicted in both the provincial flag and seal as symbol of the Boholanos' love for peace.[1] It also features in both the Tagbilaran City flag and seal; the lower portion depicts the blood compact between Datu Sikatuna and Captain General Miguel López de Legazpi at Bool District, Tagbilaran City. The top of the seal indicates the ship and the place where López de Legazpi anchored and where the treaty of friendship was conducted on March 16, 1565. Furthermore, the seal signifies that the City of Tagbilaran is the City of Peace and Friendship.


  1. ^ Provincial Flag and Seal www.bohol.gov.ph Retrieved 16 November 2006.

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His Excellency, Most Reverend Antonieto Dumagan Cabajog, D.D. (born May 10, 1956), more popularly known as Bishop Yiet or Monsignor Yiet, is a Filipino Roman Catholic bishop from Bohol, Philippines who is currently the Bishop of the Diocese of Surigao.

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  • ...that the Sandugo or Blood Compact, where two people drink a small amount of each other's blood, was a traditional way to formalize treaties of friendship in the Philippines?

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Tagbilaran City - The Private Schools Athletic Association (Prisaa)-Cebu will start its title-retention bid today as the 11 events formally open in the Prisaa regional meet at different venues around the city. —(SunStar 17 February 2007)

Bohol short of tour guides - The province is short of licensed tour guides amid the increasing tourists' arrivals in the province. (The Bohol Chronicle 17 February 2007)

Tagbilaran City - HEROES in disaster management and humanitarian assistance may not just fatten their soul buy also their pockets when they are nominated to the excellence awards. (PIA Daily News Reader 16 February 2007)

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Large green mangoes just before the harvest.
Photo Credit: Sonny Leon

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