LOAY, Bohol – Mayor Rosemarie Imboy yesterday expressed concern over the safety of the children participating in the upcoming street dancing and showdown celebrating the 450th anniversary of Blood Compact tomorrow in this historic town. She suggested to the organizing committee to change the time of the street dance parade of different contingents during its meeting yesterday at her office.
She said that the children participating in the street dance parade from the Sandugo site in barangay Hinawanan to barangay Poblacion Ubos may not be good for the health and safety of the participants considering that scorching heat may cause strokes nowadays.
The holding of the said parade was phased out, she said in exclusive interview yesterday. She said that the participants will be ferried into the town plaza fronting the municipal hall for the showdown after the mass in the morning and unveiling of the new life-size statues of Datu Sikatuna and Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, who forged the famous Blood Compact on March 25, 1565, she said.
But the other programmed activities, such as the fun run in early morning, will go on. The celebration is dubbed as “Higalaay,” or Friendship the Loaynon are known for, Mayor Imboy said.
The celebration will officially start by way of a fun run and biking at six in the morning on March 25, 2015. The fun run to be participated in by the different sectors will start in barangay Tocdog Elemntary school, a few kilometers east of the town. An Agro Fair and various contests in agri-related activities, such as cooking, will follow.
Workers of the Blood Compact shrine are working double time yesterday with the finishing touches of the life-size made of concrete of Sikatuna and Legaspi.
The said shrine is where the marker is placed by the National Historical Institute (NHI) to show the authentic site of the Sandugo, not anywhere else, officials here said.
It will be recalled that the National Historical Institute (NHI), the agency authorized under PD 260 to take care of the historical, scientific or archaeological sites in the country, had actually come out a resolution resolving the contriversy whether the blood compact took place in Bool, Tagilaran city or in Loay.
In its approved Resolution No. 04 of 2005, entitled “A Resolution Adopting The Recommendation of the Panel Resolving the Site of the Blood Compact between Sikatuna and Legaspi,, the NHI said that Loay town is the place where the blood compact took place on March 25, 1565. NHI pointed out that after a thorough investigations and interviews of divers fisherfolks and residents of both thic city and Loay, cinluding documents presented by both sides, the “panel concluded that the blood compact between Sikatuna and Legaspi took place in flagship San Pedro which was anchored off Hinawanan Bay or off the waters of Loa tom March 25, 1565.”
With this, the controversy over which site was the blood compact was held has been hounding Boholanos for years and even kept them in the dark, has finally been resolved.
The Resolution provides, “ Whereas, ocular inspection and inetrviews with divers and fisherfolks in Tabilaran and Loay were conducted on Feb. 9011, 2005 with the help of experts of National mapping and Resources information Authority (NAMRIA) and National Institute of Geological Sciences of the University of the Philippines.” The Resolution was signed by NHI’s Ambeth Ocampo, chairman; and its members: Jose M. Cruz, benito L. Legarda, Jr.; Corazon S. Alvina; Heidi K. Gloria; Serafin D. Quiason; Prudenciana C. Cruz; and Ladovico D. Badoy, director.
The panel stressed and studied the documents is composed of Judge Nestor Ballasillo, Office of the Solicitor General, chairman; Atty. Edgardo Sison, office of the SolGen; Fred dela Rosa, Editor, Manila Times, member; and Dr. Ricardo T. Jose, historian’adviser, UP, the NHI Resolution said. (rvo)