17 March 2014

The Abandoned Church’s Hidden Treasures

It never ceases to amaze me what sort of gossip one can pick up during a wake, especially from relatives one never really knows one has. Today, I went to the wake of an uncle – which was unfortunate – but the gossip was nonetheless quite precious.

From a cousin I learned this little story which I will leave you, the reader, to judge.

There is in this little corner of Batangas an abandoned church that I had heard of before but had not really seen. The church used to be the town’s main place of worship.

As often happens with time, the sleepy town started to grow outwards and away from where it used to be; until the time came when a new and bigger church had to be built for the faithful.


But this abandoned church’s glittering gold escaped the rapacious greed of the invaders until it was all but forgotten in the aftermath of the tragedies that the Great War heaped upon this country.
And the little church became no more than yet another artefact that came to ruin with the passage of time; mostly forgotten but for the occasional history or photography buff.

In time, the clerics even sold the property on which the church once stood. To the family of this cousin of mine who was telling the story.

And apparently, there has always been more to the church than most people knew.

There are – he whispered – treasures of gold hidden at the bottom of a covered well within the property on which the abandoned church stands.

We all know how old churches can be treasure troves of precious metals, not only for decorative purposes but also for use in religious rituals.

The gold in this abandoned church must have been quickly dumped into the well away from the avaricious eyes of the Japanese occupiers in the last Great War, intent as they were not only in raping the country but also in looting its riches.

Hence, the legend of Yamashita’s gold.

But this abandoned church’s glittering gold escaped the rapacious greed of the invaders until it was all but forgotten in the aftermath of the tragedies that the Great War heaped upon this country.

The secret became blurred with time until it became almost legend.

And so was the gold ever retrieved?

“No!” my cousin answered emphatically.

But why, if the location of the gold is known?

“There were four people who attempted to lift the lid off the well,” he went on by way of an explanation.

And?

“They’re all dead!” he added matter-of-factly. And changed topic as though no further explanation was needed.

Still interested in going treasure-hunting?

Acknowledgment: Top photo from http://www.goldprincipal.com





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