It’s already been a few years when I got an invitation from a TV documentary series entitled, “Expedition Unknown”. This was an invitation to appear on their show to talk about my knowledge and experience about the Yamashita treasures hidden in the Philippines during the Second World War. Unfortunately, I denied it.

The Yamashita’s Gold was featured on the second season’s episode 18 of Expedition Unknown. It was headed by “Josh Gates” who bravely explored the dangers of treasure hunting in the Philippines.

If you want to watch the full episode then it is now available on YouTube.

Manila’s Underground Tunnel

Old Underground Tunnel

Josh’ first destination on his exploration about the Yamashita treasure was in Manila where he was taken by a Filipino Historian deep into an underground complicated tunnel. It was said that the Japanese Imperial Army (JIA) used it as their fortress against the Allied Forces.

However, Josh seem to find no signs or evidence inside the tunnels about any of the hidden WW2 looted treasures.

Well, of course he surely won’t. That place had already been visited a thousand times by various treasure hunters in the past. So if it happens that there was a deposit made on that tunnel, it was or they were probably already taken a long time ago.

Anyway, I find it sad about why did they closed the tunnel. They should open and renovate it up since it could become a very good tourist attraction for everyone. It also does contain precious historical information needed by the new generation to know about.

Small Island at Alaminos

The next expedition took Josh to a small island at Alaminos, Pangasinan. Unlike his previous attempt, Josh came into a very serious risky challenge of exploring caves.

Exploring the depths of the caves would had been nice but they only had a very limited time because of the water that constantly fill the cave in and out. Due to the lack of time, Josh was only able to capture a few footages.

They gave another attempt of exploring the caves by looking for another possible entrance around the island. And, they did found one small hole.

Entering the hole and exploring the underwater cave just gave them a lot more complex network of tunnels and many drilled holes. On the ground, they managed to find a couple of bullets known to belong from the previous WW2.

My thoughts about this expedition is that, it would really take a lot of time to explore those underwater caves and that won’t be easy. But by the way how I saw it on the film, the site is positive which could possibly contain large amount of precious deposit.

Henry Roxas at Baguio City

The final destination took Josh at the city of Baguio where he met Henry Roxas, the son of the famous Rogelio Roger Roxas who discovered the first golden Buddha that got published on the local newspaper.

Henry continued his father’s work as a treasure hunter. And according to him, his father gave him a secret map containing another huge deposit. Although, he destroyed that map so that it won’t fall into someone’s hand. The good thing is that, he memorized the important details of the map making him the only person who knows the location.

Fortunately, Henry took Josh into the secret location which is composed of a massive cave.

As they processed, Henry often warns the crew about deadly snakes (cobra) and frogs.

Let’s just skip to the main part.

Josh and Henry stumbled into another cave opening that Henry himself never discovered before. As they crawled inside, Josh was able to discover a few old coins and nails by using a pin-pointer metal detector.

When they cleaned the coins, Henry claimed that they were old Philippine coins used in circulation during the year 1944 to 1945.

The movie ends where Josh and his crew were unable to feature any success of recovering the Yamashita treasure.


I still admired the effort that was put by Josh and his crew just to produce this documentary film about the Yamashita treasures in the Philippines. He even put himself at risk just to take those footages.

But, if Josh was really aiming to film a successful discovery of the hidden treasure then, it would really take a lot of time and complete dedication.

You can’t just go to a treasure site and within a few days or weeks, you will expect to take a glimpse of those hidden gold bars, coins or Buddha. No you can’t. In most cases, small to medium deposits could take 1 to 6 months. While for large deposits, it could take years.

It would have been so nice if one documentary film-makers would be able to film a successful recovery sometime in the future.

4 Comments to “New Expeditions of Yamashita Treasure Gold from Expedition Unknown”

  • As I was reading your blog, I was at first having the same thought as yours even thinking of volunteering to assist them. But the more I thought about it, the more I conclude that it;s best to leave things as it is. If the world will be convinced that there is indeed YT in the Philippines we will see so many amateur hunters coming in and in the process accidents can happen or worse, China might invade us. I believe that Thunting is similar to one’s religion – one must first have faith that there is indeed treasures buried. Then and only then can a person start digging. Also, it is personal. One doesn’t need to convince others about what he believed. His first job to successfully recover the deposit in his site then to assist his fellowmen especially those families who were victims of WW2 atrocities by the IJA. in our country.

    Convincing the world might even bring more harm than good.

    • You have a good point here and I also do agree.

  • Hi, I found signs in my place. Where can you attach photos? Will you help me please?

    • Unfortunately, you cannot attach photos here so I suggest using FaceBook to send them into my FB page.

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