Blood Compact Shrine

The Blood Compact Shrine, also known as the Sandugo Shrine, commemorates one of the most significant events in Philippine history. It marks the location where, in 1565, Datu Sikatuna, a native chieftain, and Miguel López de Legazpi, the Spanish explorer, performed a blood compact to seal their friendship and alliance. This spot offers not just a slice of history but also a picturesque view overlooking the sea.

blood compact shrine, with statues of 4 men raising their glass with a table at the center

Key Details

  • Location: The Blood Compact Shrine is located in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines. It is easily accessible via major roads and is close to the city center. Google Maps Location
  • Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit is during the dry months from December to May, as the weather is more pleasant and conducive to outdoor activities.
  • Opening Hours: The shrine is open to visitors daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
  • Entry Fee: There is no entry fee to visit the Blood Compact Shrine.


The Blood Compact Shrine symbolizes the first treaty of friendship between the East and the West. This historic act involved a blood pact between the two leaders, an important traditional Filipino form of ratifying an agreement. Making this monument a historic site in Bohol.

What to See and Do

  • View the Monument: The main attraction is the bronze statue depicting the blood compact, which is perfect for photo opportunities.
  • Scenic Views: Enjoy the panoramic views of the Bohol Sea.
  • Nearby Historical Sites: Explore other historical locations in Tagbilaran City, just a short drive away.

Tips for Visitors

  • Best Time for Photos: Visit during the early morning or late afternoon for the best lighting for photographs.
  • Safety: The area is generally safe, but always watch your belongings.
  • What to Bring: Bring water, a hat, and sunscreen as it can get quite hot during the day.

a family with the grand ma, mom,dad, and a little girl in front of the blood compact shrine(sandugo)


Visitors to the Blood Compact Shrine can find basic amenities nearby including:

  • Restrooms
  • Parking spaces
  • Local dining options: Several restaurants and cafes are located within a few minutes’ drive.

How to Get There

  • By Public Transport: Jeepneys and buses heading towards Tagbilaran City from various parts of Bohol can drop you close to the site.
  • By Car: Driving from Tagbilaran City center takes about 10 minutes. There is signage along the way to guide visitors to the shrine.
  • Tour Packages: Many local tour operators include the Blood Compact Shrine in their Bohol day tours.

Nearby Attractions

  • Baclayon Church: One of the oldest stone churches in the Philippines, approximately 10 minutes drive from the shrine.
  • Panglao Island: Famous for its white sand beaches, about 30 minutes away.
  • Loboc River Cruise: Offers a scenic river cruise experience, about 40 minutes drive from Tagbilaran.


Nearby accommodations range from budget hotels to luxury resorts, such as:

  • Bohol Tropics Resort
  • MetroCentre Hotel
  • Amorita Resort on Panglao Island

Personal Experience

I have to say this is a great place to take pictures with the family. There’s a pretty wide space for everyone just past the monument. There’s also the iconic “I ‘Heart’ Tagbilaran”. Better to come here early in the morning or late in the afternoon as the sun is really blazing between those times. Although Sandugo is along the road, there’s not much traffic here so the area is still very pleasant.

family picture at the blood compact shrine on the left, and a family picture at the sign that says "I 'heart' Tagbilaran"


Q: Is photography allowed at the shrine? A: Yes, photography is encouraged at the shrine. You can look at our family photos at the top.

Q: Are there any guided tours available at the shrine? A: While there are no specific guided tours for just the shrine, it is included in most guided tours of Bohol. This was included in our country side tour.

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