- Many believed that the legendary Yamashita treasure could be found in Ifugao
- Japanese army buried the gold treasures in more than 100 caves and tunnels
- Yamashita treasure is reportedly worth more than $100 billion USD
Do you still remember the stories behind the legendary Yamashita treasure? Recent reports suggested that these Japanese gold riches could be found in the Ifugao tunnels, sparking the interests of many treasure hunters to continue the search for the hidden treasures.
In the video that KAMI obtained from GMA Public Affairs, highly acclaimed GMA 7 show, “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho,” researched the possible existence of the Yamashita treasure in Ifugao province. Soho’s team and some researchers went to the tunnels in Mt. Nabigihan in Tinoc, Ifugao.
After a three-hour road trip and another three-hour trek to the mountain, the team finally reached the Bungubung tunnel in Mt. Nabigihan (Wangwang, Tinoc in the province of Ifugao). According to Yamashita tunnel researcher Chrisol Catalino, they’ve learned that the tunnel was the last campsite of the Japanese troops.
The 15-meter tunnel was also checked by Tinoc District Engineer Filebert Damullog, who found that it had already existed for so many years. The team also found another hole/opening, which was probably made by the illegal treasure hunters.
Damullog added it’s clear that the tunnel was manually made by humans. However, it needed to be restored due to the damages done treasure hunters who tried to unearth the hidden treasures.
Unfortunately, the team never found the treasures or even just a piece of gold. But based on research, it’s possible that the Japanese troops stayed in the tunnel because of the mountains strategic location.
Even though no treasures were found in the area, some locals strongly believed that the Japanese army, headed by Lieutenant General Tomoyuki Yamashita, had stayed there. Several things were also found in the tunnel including a katana (Japanese sword), a wooden box, hard hat, telephone cables and a water container.
The materials are currently kept by the local government unit of Wangwang, which aims to build a museum for the future generations to understand the history of the Japanese colonization. As for the hidden Yamashita treasures, the researchers stressed that they aren’t sure if treasure hunters have indeed found the long-sought legendary riches.
But according to a local resident named Lolo Mariano, many residents have visited the place right after the Japanese left. But they didn’t find any treasure.
Despite this fact, the indigenous Ifugao people continue to protect and preserve their ancestral land against illegal treasure hunters. The local government unit also intends to restore the tunnel as a tourist spot and as a historical landmark.
Meanwhile, the infamous Yamashita treasure was reportedly brought in the Philippines by the Japanese troops headed by Yamashita. He was the overall commander of the Japanese Imperial Army in the country.
These treasures were reportedly taken from various part of Southeast Asia. According to the stories, the Japanese hid the treasures, which are worth more than $100 billion USD, in more than 100 caves and tunnels in Ifugao.
Yamashita first came to the country on Oct. 5, 1944. But Yamashita and the Japanese troops surrendered to the Americans on Sept. 2, 1945.
KAMI hopes that as we discover the doors of the past, we will be gradually enlightened by the truth about our history.