The Blood compact or Sanduguan in Filipino, was an ancient ritual which became a historic landmark. See why…
The Blood Compact
In 1565, Spanish explorer Miguel López de Legazpi and the then chieftain of Bohol Datu Sikatuna, came together to perform the Sanduguan. Blood was drawn for cuts on the arms of both men. This blood was then placed in two cups of wine which were exchanged and drank. Each man consuming the blood of the other. This marked a bond between them and a treaty of Friendship and respect was formed.
The Blood Compact of 1565 is thought of as being the first international treaty of friendship between Filipinos and Spaniards. Later, this treaty lead to the Philippines becoming a colony of Spain.