First of all, TSEATC would like to thank all of you for contacting us with your treasure stories. We are also
honored and flattered that we have been contacted by so many of you relating your stories to us of how and
why you think that you have Japanese WWII treasure buried on your property.
However, we strongly feel that many of you that are contacting us are mearly "wishful thinkers" whom are
hoping and praying that there is a chance that you may have treasure buried on your property. It seems that
WWII treasure stories have been floating all over the Philippines for the past 20 years or so. And, that is
exactly what 99% of them are, stories just like it says. Almost everyone and his brother claims to have
treasure buried on his/her land.
The Japanese Imperial Army officially occupied the Philippines from May 1942 through to their surrender in
mid 1945. During this time, these soldiers commandeered hundreds (probably even "thousands") of homes,
buildings and properties from Filipinos. After all, they needed somewhere to operate from. They certainly
weren't going to run military operations from the local street corner were they?
Our point is this; Just because the Japanese Imperial Army occupied your property, house or land during the
war, this does not warrant there to being treasure buried on your property. Just because grandma (or,
grandpa) said they saw a Japanese Imperial Army soldier digging a ditch during the war doesn't mean
anything. Maybe he preparing a fox hole for the expected clash with American soldiers. Who knows. Just
because a Japanese guy took a piss on your rice paddy in 1975 (or whenever), doesn't warrant that he was
looking for long-ago buried treasure. This is not what we call solid evidence.
After over 20 years of research and direct involvement concerning World War II treasure buried throughout the
Philippine Islands by the Japanese Imperial Army during WWII, there are many facts that we have come to
know. A few of which we will state here;
MAJOR SITES : Fact Number One:
There were 172 "documented" WWII sites buried throughout the Philippine Islands between 1943 and 1945
(34 of these were "sea" sites). The remaining 138 land burials were top secret and under direct control of the
highest authority of the Japanese Imperial Army at that time. They were major deposits consisting of many
tons of gold (sometimes also buried was; silver, jewelry, even golden Buddha's). These sites took anywhere
from several months to a year or more to complete. Many of these sites were buried at (or very near) POW
camps using POW labor. Some were buried on Japanese Army encampments (located near to POW
camps). Either way, you will notice the common link between the two - that link being - POW. Burial depth
was anywhere from 100 to 350 feet deep inside a complex tunneling system. Extremely detailed maps were
made of all of these sites. These maps were all written in special "codes" which would ultimately be of no use
to an untrained person who happened upon one of these maps. Not that you could possible happen upon one
of them anyway as these maps have long been destroyed so there is no chance of the average person to
happen along and find one.
Click here to see a map showing the location of 16 major POW internment camp sites throughout the
Philippines during World War II.
MINOR SITES : Fact Number Two:
There were numerous (possibly hundreds) of additional "undocumented" minor WWII treasure sites also
buried throughout the Philippines. This has been proven as there has been several 'finds' throughout the
Philippines since the end of the war. Usually made by local Filipino treasure hunters. One on the most famous
and well known 'find' was made by Roger Roxas and his group in December 1970. Most of these minor
treasure burials occurred between late 1944 through to the end of the war in mid 1945. These small deposits
were placed during retreat to the mountains of renegade officers and soldiers. These sites were usually of
relatively small size a few gold bars. Of course, renegade officers' sites could have been much larger
deposits (few tons of gold or more. ..). One large renegade site was discovered to have 1,800 gold bars
(each weighing 6.2kg or just over 13 pounds). Roxas' group recovered numerous gold bars and a one-ton
Golden Buddha. Nevertheless, these sites were usually buried rather quickly as these soldiers were on the
run. Question: "Where would you bury your gold bars if you were being chased by an army of American
soldiers?" Answer: "Anywhere - and as quickly as possible". With no time on their hands, maps were usually
not made and if one was made it was usually very crude and not showing much detail.
See maps below for; Major battle sites on Philippine islands, Japanese Imperial Army strong holds
and retreat routes, etc.:
BATTLE SITE MAPS
* Top 10 Major battle sites between USA/Filipino forces against the Japanese Imperial Forces on Northern
Luzon between January 9th and August 15th, 1945.
* Japanese Imperial Army troop locations on Northern Luzon in Feburary 1945.
* Final Imperial Army mountainous strong hold on Northern Luzon before surrendering (July - August
* Location of 16 major POW internment camp sites throughout the Philippines during World War II.
* More maps coming soon....
Of course the obvious question you should be asking yourself is, "What hard and solid evidence do I have
to justify believing that WWII treasure is buried on my property?" The definition of hard and solid
evidence being either in the form of locating of; tunnels which were dug by the Japanese Imperial Army,
Japanese treasure markers on your property, or, something that you can physically hold in your hands (for
example; gold or silver bars, jewels, etc.). Now this is definitely hard and solid evidence. Of course, some of
you are probably thinking by now, "If I have the gold bars in my hand than what do I need TSEATC for?" Well,
TSEATC would only be going on the assumption that "if you found those gold bars - there could very well be
MORE buried somewhere near-by". Maybe we can help you locate it.
Now, we will list a few questions which you need to ask yourself to determine what, if anything, may be buried
on your property.
Concerning MAJOR SITES;
1. Was there a major Japanese army encampment on your property during the war? If not, how far away was
2. Where was the closest POW camp?
3. Are there any natural caves or man made tunnels on your property? If so, have you physically located them?
4. If your answer to the first three questions was favorable, than; Have you found any Japanese markers on
your property? If so, what do they look like?
Concerning MINOR SITES;
1. Are there any natural caves or man made tunnels on your property? If so, have you physically located them?
2. If your answer to the above questions were favorable, than; Have you found any Japanese markers on your
property? If so, what do they look like?
3. Have you or anyone else recovered any treasure from your property? If so, what was found?
If you cannot answer any of the above questions favorably, than, chances are highly likely that
there is nothing buried on your property. For those of you with favorable answers to the above questions,
please proceed and read the information below as it may also be of interest to you.
Assuming that your above answers are favorable, what would then be your next logical step to
prove that something may be buried on your property?
Obviously what is needed now is to VERIFY that there may be something buried on your property. There are
several tests which could be preformed, two of which we shall list here. These two tests should be the
1) Resistivity ground testing.
2) Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) scanning.
3) Spot Drilling.
The Resistivity test will prove two things;
1. Whether there is a MASS of conductive material buried on your site (Gold is very conductive).
2. Whether there are any VOIDS underground (whether they are 'natural' caves, or, 'man-made underground
NOTE: Resistivity ground testing will NOT tell you the DEPTH of the objects buried.
GPR tests will prove the following;
1. Prove whether there are any VOIDS underground (whether there are 'natural' caves, or, 'man-made
2. Prove whether the ground has been disturbed (previous digging operations).
3. Prove whether there are any unordinary OBJECTS buried below.
4. Provide the actual DEPTH from details of the above three test results.
NOTE: GPR CANNOT identify whether the objects buried below are; GOLD, SILVER, CONCRETE, etc. It
will only verify that the objects are there.
2nd NOTE: GPR PENETRATION DEPTH depends on the following;
o Type of GPR being used.
o Soil type and condition.
o Frequency of GPR Transducer. (A HIGH frequency transducer has LESS ground penetration but
HIGHER resolution. A LOW frequency transducer has MORE ground penetration but LOWER resolution).
Spot Drilling is another way to pinpoint whether there's buried treasure on your property. A portable drill and
water are used for these operations. If you're lucky enough to drill directly over the buried object the
gold shavings will come up to the surface with the water flow and that's the sure indication that
you've hit the jackpot. There are several companies there in the Philippines that offer these types of drilling
services (usually the mining-type companies). They usually charge on a per foot drilling depth basis.
So, the point here is that a minimum of the above two test need to be performed first, before you can quite
confidently state the fact that there may be WWII treasure buried on your property. Also, these tests must be
performed before you can semi-accurately provide an estimate on;
* Estimated total project finance amount required for the success of your project.
* Estimated treasure recovery time frame.
We hope this information has helped those land owners/treasure hunters whom are interested in this subject.
For those of you with favorable answers to the above questions, please DO NOT send email to TSEATC at
this time because we are simply overwhelmed with responses to this website. If things should change at a
later date - TSEATC will ask you to email information regarding your site. Thanks for your patience.
However - if you happen to have any information on any OLD SHIPWRECKS (not WWII wrecks -
we're talking the really old types like the SPANISH GALLEONS, CHINESE JUNKS, etc) - PLEASE
EMAIL US ASAP because we're always interested in those!
Thank you for taking the time to read this page and good luck with your ventures...
Note To All Philippine Land Owners Who Think They Have
Japanese WWII Treasure Buried On Their Property
Please Read This Page Carefully Before Deciding Whether Anything Is Even Buried On Your Property. This
Information May Also Help You Decide Whether You May Have A Small Or Large Deposit Buried On Your