Treasure hunters flock to Isabela town

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ILAGAN CITY, Isabela: Treasure hunters from all over the country are now flocking here after the city government announced the discovery of a tunnel dug by Japanese soldiers during World War II.

Equipped with various gadgets such as pendulums, dowsing sticks, electronic metal and water detectors, treasure hunters are now scouring parts of the city believed to be the site of Japanese guerilla camps.

Nolasco Espiritu, a Nueva Vizacaya-based treasure hunter, said he believes that the discovery of the tunnel here is a good sign that buried gold bars are just waiting to be discovered in the area.

Meanwhile, the city government said it is set to preserve and develop the newly discovered tunnel and turn it into the city’s newest tourist attraction.


Mayor Josemarie Diaz of Ilagan said on Tuesday that the city government has already allocated funds for the development of the said historical site.

“We have found the Japanese tunnel inside the Ilagan City West Central School and we are now working with the Department of Education on the development and preservation of this historical site,” Diaz said.

The mayor said the city government will likewise prioritize the rehabilitation of other tourism parks and attractions here to further boost the city’s tourist arrivals.

The city government, meanwhile, implemented an ordinance prohibiting the public from entering the tunnel until clearing operations have been conducted.

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