Spanish Treasures in the Philippines


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According to the Philippine historical records, the Spaniards ruled the Philippines for 333 years. It all started when a European explorer named “Ferdinand Magellan” came to discover the Philippines in 1521. Unfortunately, they got involved in some political conflicts between the Cebuano natives. Worst, Magellan got killed by the chieftain of Mactan Island – “Datu Lapu-Lapu”.

Due to the Magellan’s death, the Spaniards retreated but they came back with more military troops ensuring that the country will fall into their hands.

So the main question on this discussion is that, “Did the Spaniards really buried their treasures in the Philippines?”

In my own personal opinion, if the JIA (Japanese Imperial Army) taken control over the Philippines for 3 years back in WW2 (World War II) then how much more for the Spaniards who colonized the country for 333 years? In other words, it is absolutely no doubt that the Spaniards brought a lot of their wealth in the Philippines due to the time they spent in running the country.

The Church Ran the Country



During the Spanish regime, the Church was the one with the “power” and “authority” as the ruler of the country. You have to know that the Spaniards influenced the Filipinos on their religious culture to respect the “clergies”. And since the clergies were the heads of the Churches, they were the ones running the country. In fact, when the British invaded the Philippines in 1762, there was still “no governor”.

In 1898 (Spanish-American War), the Spanish regime in the Philippines finally came to an end due to the interventions of the Americans. As a result, the Americans modernized the country but they never renovated or demolished any of the Churches since they also respected the influence of the Spanish religion.

The Spaniards probably knew that the American will never desecrate the Churches. Thus, they took advantage of it by burying or hiding most of their treasures in such places.

Roger Rogelio Roxas Found a Spanish Treasure



Roger Rogelio Domingo Roxas was an ordinary Filipino soldier who suddenly became popular when he discovered a large pile of hidden “Yamashita treasures”. However, his findings was forcibly confiscated by the authorities under the order of the late president Ferdinand E. Marcos. And worst, he was arrested and jailed for several long years.

Although, some people who does not believe in the existence of the Yamashita treasures claims that Roxas’ findings were Spanish hidden treasures. In my own opinion, it is possible that they are Spanish treasures but the people who hid them were the JIA. The possible explanation is that, they probably confiscated those items from the Philippine museums.

Spanish Treasure Hidden Inside an Old Century Tree



Let me share you an interesting story of a young boy who uncovered a Spanish treasure hidden inside a very old century tree. According to “Lito Diaz” (not his real name), he dreamt of making contact to the “spirit of the tree” who revealed the secret location of the treasure to him.

The century tree is located a few distance away from the backyard of their house. It is so huge and blooming with plenty of leaves that anyone will not suspect that it is already a very old tree. The body or trunk of the tree is covered with thick moss which indicate that it is an enchanted tree (which is according to our spiritual medium).

Lito claimed that the spirit established contact to him several times through his own dreams but never bothered about it. The spirit was begging for him to take the treasure since he was the worthy one. Lito at that time was actually a boy who shows great love and care to his family by helping them survive on their daily poor lives. This is probably the reason why the spirit chosen him.

The time came when Lito finally decided to check the old tree. Inspecting the bottom portion of the tree, he discovered a large hole covered with thick bushes from the ground. As he took a peek inside the hole, Lito saw a large antique cooking bowl. He tried to pull it out but it was quite heavy so he asked help from his family.

When they successfully pulled the bowl out from the old tree, they were surprised that it was filled with gold coins. Today, Lito and his family suddenly became wealthy and successful individuals who are running several businesses of their own.

Galleon Ship

Moreover, one strong evidence that Spanish treasures really exists in the Philippines were the tragic incidents about the “Manila Galleon” trading ships. Historical records claim that these large ships carried undocumented amount of gold and silver coins in the country. This topic is further discussed on this post, Treasure Hunting in the Philippines.