Rhonie Dela Cruz

RHONIE C. DELA CRUZ, an historian, is the Chairman of the Bamban Historical Society (an active organization in the preservation and promotion of history and heritage in Bamban, Tarlac) with particular interest in the military history and the Aetas. He is also the curator and owner the Bamban WWII Museum, the institution has been recognized as an important WWII educational site and a center for public history.

He is a recognized Historian by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), being a lecturer and guest speaker on national and international conferences on WWII History from 2017 to 2020. His research journals in WWII were published by the NHCP on its Journal of the Philippine Local History and Heritage. He is also a prominent speaker on various historical events with subjects mostly on WWII History and Museum.

Mr. Dela Cruz advocacy, passion and interest in WWII is in fact based on his family lineage, as he is a descendant of WWII veterans. Further, he had also written on the history of the Aetas on the Mag-Antsi and Aberling Tribes of Bamban and Capas, Tarlac; the former formed part of the Claim Book of the Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT) Application.

As an historian, he is the key person in the pursuit of finding remains of the war dead left in the battlefields of the Bamban through the Operation Fireflies, and in exploring and opening of Japanese war tunnels with the Project Discovery War Tunnels. At present, he is also engaged in the production of various historical documentaries related to Bamban-Clark area in the social media, as You Tube vlogger, through the Investigating History Series.

SEARCH FOR THE LOST TUNNEL OF ADMIRAL SUGIMOTO IN BAMBAN HILLS – バンバンで杉本提督のトンネルを探す

Join our Bamban WWII Museum / Bamban Historical Society Field Investigating Team in searching for the lost tunnel headquarters of Rear Admiral Ushie Sugimoto, who was left in Bamban Hills when Admiral Onishi Takijiro moved to Taiwan in January 10, 1945 with a strength of 20,000 Japanese navy personnel. By the end of the war, …

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196th INFANTRY BRIGADE AT BAMBAN WWII MUSEUM

Museum Visitors:SUPPORT BATTALION196th Infantry Brigade Fort Shafter, Hawaii Our sincere appreciation for the visit of the officers and men of the 196th Infantry Brigade, U. S. Army based in Hawaii. A special museum tour has been presented to the 196th. Also, a special challenge coin was “presented for excellence “, with the emblem or insignia …

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PHILIPPINE ARMY NCO OFFICERS AT BAMBAN WWII MUSEUM

Sergeant Major Course Class 13-2024 and Drill Master Class Course Class 58-2024 from the NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS SCHOOL, TRADOC Philippine Army went on our WWII Battlefield Tours. From the Bamban WWII Museum where they were given comprehensive historical tours on the history of WWII in Bamban, the delegates were taken to the former battlefields where one …

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INVESTIGATING HISTORY: THE BAMBAN RAILROAD STATION DURING THE PHILIPPINE-AMERICAN WAR 1899-1902

125th ANNIVERSARY OF THE PHILIPPINE-AMERICAN WAR B-DAY: BAMBAN DAY JUNE 5-6, 1899 INVESTIGATING HISTORY: THE BAMBAN RAILROAD STATION 1899-1902 In early 2000, I received an email from America, of then old lady who was a direct descendant of American soldier who fought during the Philippine-American War and stationed at Bamban. The American soldier was Joseph …

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BAMBAN AS GENERAL AGUINALDO’s CAPITAL DURING THE PHILIPPINE-AMERICAN WAR 1899

Investigating History:BAMBAN AS GENERAL AGUINALDO’s CAPITAL DURING THE PHILIPPINE-AMERICAN WAR 1899 So much has been said, on the news and on most social media platforms nowadays on what is happening in Bamban. Truth and justice shall prevail over the land of my ancestors and soon, Bamban will regain its role, pride and honor in the …

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OPERATION FIREFLIES: SEARCH AND RECOVERY OF JAPANESE WAR DEAD IN BAMBAN HILLS ホタル作戦:  バンバン丘陵に残る日本兵の捜索と回収

The Bamban WWII Museum / Bamban Historical Society has been on the forefront for the search and recovery of the Japanese war dead in Bamban Hills, scouring and investigating the former battlefields including the WWII tunnels. In the span of two decades, our Field Recon Investigating Team had conducted numerous surveys on the former battlefields. …

OPERATION FIREFLIES: SEARCH AND RECOVERY OF JAPANESE WAR DEAD IN BAMBAN HILLS ホタル作戦:  バンバン丘陵に残る日本兵の捜索と回収 Read More »

INVESTIGATING HISTORY: THE PILLARS OF CAMP DEL PILAR: 1945 – PRESENT (太平洋戦争中のクラークフィールドの日本病院.)

THE PILLARS OF CAMP DEL PILAR: 1945 – PRESENT A group of Japanese members of the bereaved families visited our museum with great interest. Miss Hideko, the leading Japanese tour guide, asked about the Japanese hospital used during WWII, as there were descendants of Japanese soldiers killed in Bamban that were originally camped and deployed …

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CONSTRUCTION AND ESTABLISHMENT OF THE BAMBAN WWII MEMORIAL

Bamban and Bamban Hills hold significant historical highlights in our Nation’s History, mostly during the Philippine Revolution – Second Phase, or the Philippine-American War and in WWII. Many of the Bambanenses joined in the fight for freedom on both wars. The History of WWII, Bamban had the significant role from the Defense of Luzon, the …

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Capas Vehicular Bridge: Site of American Prisoners-Of-War Work Detail in 1942.

Investigating History Series:TARLAC IN WWII HISTORY Capas Vehicular Bridge: Site of American Prisoners-Of-War Work Detail in 1942. The image of the Capas vehicular bridge taken in 1945 is a rare photograph of such bridge, where the many Americans were employed in the work detail. Most of the Americans were taken from nearby Camp O’Donnell, terminus …

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