Balangiga Bells return signals closure, new trust: historian


Posted at Dec 11 2018 11:05 AM | Updated as of Dec 11 2018 12:47 PM

US troops guard the Balangiga Bells at an American military base in Okinawa, Japan. Photo courtesy of Philippine Ambassador to the US Babe Romualdez

MANILA – The return of the Balangiga Bells to the Philippines signal closure to the "last issue of contention" in the Philippine-American War, a historian said Tuesday.

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The church bells, which were taken by US forces from Balangiga town, Eastern Samar in 1901, have a "spiritual representation" to Filipinos, National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Rolando Borrinaga told ANC. 

"This would mean new trust, the promotion of peace, friendship and the reconciliation among our people and with the return of these bells to Balangiga, this can also mean the return of the community soul that was taken from them more than a century ago,” he said.