Take an Extreme Adventure or Just Chill at Laresio Lakeside Resort and Spa

The last weekend of February had us driving to UPLB to fetch Ralph who went on an overnight debate competition. Since February 25 was declared as an official holiday, we thought that it would be the best time to spend the night at a resort in Los Baños. It was a last minute decision so I failed to reserve us a room at the Makiling Onsen Spa. Thankfully, Laresio Lakeside Resort and Spa was just a few hundred meters and a phone call away.

It was actually my husband first discovered Laresio Lakeside Resort and Spa. He saw a viral post on Facebook about it and tagged me. I didn't realize that it was also located in Los Baños until our car drove past its signage along the highway. Luck was on our side when I booked because there were still a few rooms available. As the night passed, we saw guests coming and checking in the rooms beside ours.

Checking-in at Laresio
We availed of the Small Group Overnight Package for 4 which cost us 1,500 each.

The package an airconditioned room good for…

The "Sandugo" Blood Compact Commemorative Shrine

Seventh and last stop of our Bohol Countryside Tour, Day 2 in Bohol (January 29 - 31, 2010).

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My husband strikes a pose with his "compadres."

On March 15, 1565, a blood compact was made between the Boholano chief Datu Sikatuna and Spanish expedition leader Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. The two leaders were believed to have made a cut in their arms, collected a few drops of their blood, and mixed it with the wine they drank. The event is known from then on as Sandugo which means "one blood in the Boholano dialect.

The Blood Compact Shrine now stands on the very spot where the blood compact was done. We reached the monument as part of our Bohol Countryside Tour. It was the last stop as it is the one nearest the city proper. Other than the monument where visitors can take souvenir pictures, there is no other place of interest surrounding the site. There are a few souvenir shops along the highway but it was still a little more expensive than the treats we bought at the Tarsier Visitors Center.

The Sandugo Festival is held every March in Bohol in honor of this historical rite of friendship. Hundreds of people from in and around the Philippines visit Bohol to watch street parades, beauty pageants, and other activities.

The Blood Compact Shrine is in Barangay Bool, Tagbilaran City. To go there, you can ride a tricycle or a cab from the city proper. I would recommend hiring a van for the whole day and visiting the Blood Compact Shrine as part of a tour. The van drivers also act as tour guides. Our 8-hour countryside road trip cost us Php 3,500 pesos.

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Jennie of KikayCorner.net said…
Sigh! I miss Bohol! Sana next time buong Grasyas na maka travel no! :)