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Returning the Bells of Balangiga

December 8, 2018

Kampana ng Balangiga: Ang Pagbalik (Bells of Balangiga: The Return)

The Bells of Balangiga are finally scheduled to arrive to its parish church, the San Lorenzo de Martir, in Balangiga, East Samar, on December 15, 2018. Upon its upcoming historic turnover, RTVM presents a 30-minute documentary that includes perspectives from US-Philippines Society directors Dennis Wright, Honorary Consul Henry B. Howard, Executive Director Hank Hendrickson and member Admiral Daniel McKinnon. The video acknowledges US-Philippines Society co-chaired by Ambassador John D. Negroponte and Manuel V. Pangilinan for efforts by dedicated directors including former U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Frank Wisner to bring the bells home.

Documentary Video Produced by RTVM, Presidential Communications 

November 14, 2018

The US-Philippines Society is pleased to announce that Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis led a ceremony at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, WY on November 14 to mark the beginning of the process to return the Bells of Balangiga to the Philippines. Society directors Henry B. Howard and Dennis Wright and USPHS member Brian Buzzell also participated in the event, along with Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez. Click for the full text of Secretary Mattis Address.

The two bells from Warren AFB that were taken from the Philippines in 1901 will soon be returned to their home church in Balangiga, Eastern Samar as a sign of friendship and respect. This historic occasion further reinforces the strong bonds that have developed over the decades between the peoples of America and the Philippines, and that continue into the 21st century as the two nations cooperate in meeting common challenges.

Please click here for more information on the background of the Bells, including the Society’s Board Resolution supporting a return and US-Philippines Society member Adm Dan McKinnon’s detailed historical essay.

U.S Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis leads a ceremony at F. E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., marking the beginning of the process to return the Balangiga Bells, November 12, 2018, U.S. Department of State Screenshot. Full text: Ceremonial Address of Secretary Mattis.


Ambassador Jose Manuel G. Romualdez (right) with USPHS Director Henry B. Howard


L-R: USPHS Member US Navy Cpt (ret) Brian Buzzell, USPHS Director Henry B. Howard, Ambassador Jose Manuel G. Romualdez, and USPHS Director Dennis Wright

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