U.S. Government Returns Balangiga Bells to the Philippines

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim speaks at the ceremony returning the Balangiga Bells to the Philippines at Villamor Air Base, Manila, Philippines.
U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim speaks at the ceremony returning the Balangiga Bells to the Philippines at Villamor Air Base, Manila, Philippines.

Manila, December 11, 2018 — This morning at 10:30 a.m., the three Balangiga Bells arrived at Villamor Air Base in Manila.  U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim participated in a ceremony officially turning the bells over to the Philippine government.

“The history of these bells spans the entire relationship between the United States and the Philippines.  In the process, they have touched many lives,” said U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim.  “Their return underscores the enduring friendship, partnership, and alliance between our countries.”

The return of the Balangiga Bells demonstrates the strong bonds and mutual respect between our nations as well as the vitality of the U.S.-Philippine alliance, one of the most enduring relationships in the Indo-Pacific region.