For many years, stories of the past is being passed on to the younger generations. Whether the that story is just an urban legend or a part of history, passing on some stories just never gets old no matter from what generation you are from.
Now, many of you should already be aware about the Yamashita’s Treasure, it is the name given to the alleged war loot stolen in Southeast Asia by Japanese forces during World War II and hidden in caves, tunnels, underground complexes, or just underground in the Philippines.
This story’s popularity even spawned a movie adaptation in 2001 entitled Yamashita: The Tiger’s Treasure.
Film adaptations aside, a former Filipino soldier named Rogelio “Roger” Domingo Roxas was said to had worked as a locksmith before allegedly discovering in a cave north of Manila a hidden chamber full of gold bars and a giant golden Buddha statue.
In the year 1988, Roxas made an enemy in former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda Marcos when he filed a lawsuit against the Marcoses, which were the most powerful people in the country at that time.
But before we continue, let’s go back first how Roxas found the treasure of General Yamashita.
Who is Ronelio Roxas?
According to Wikipedia, Rogelio Roxas was a former Filipino soldier who had worked as a locksmith before allegedly discovering in a cave north of Manila a hidden chamber full of gold bars and a giant golden Buddha statue — which Roxas estimated to weigh one metric ton — on a plot of state-owned land near Baguio General Hospital, in Baguio City on January 24, 1971.
The hunter was said to have the exact cryptic map used by engineers when they bury the last set of treasures including the golden buddha, but couldn’t figure out how to use it as it is using old codes and alphabets to secure the location.
After a decade of hunting, Roxas talked with with an interpreter who worked with General Yamashita himself and told him the location of the gold.
Roxas then set out, used his life saving to hire a crew, and continued with his journey finding the treasure. He was about to give up and used up all his resources until he found a cave.
He and his crew positively dived into the narrow trail of the cave until they reach a dead end, a barrier due to an explosion which made them impossible to pass through without digging.
It took another 10 months for them make a way. They found valuable clues inside the cave network but after searching for it, they still failed to find the treasure.
Roxas’ crew already left him alone as he already ran out of funds to pay them. He is about to give up until he heard his metal detector making a strange sound. A sound telling him that he found what he had been looking for.
He found the golden buddha and boxes of gold bars right behind the wall of a cave.
He claimed that the Buddha’s head was removable and that it concealed a hollowed-out portion within the statue that contained at least two handfuls of uncut diamonds and the cache was alleged to be a portion of the legendary treasure.
A full story about the Truth About Yamashita Gold can be seen in the video provided below.