There are only two ways where gold can be found in the Philippines. First, miners dig them deep under the ground and harvest those so called “gold veins or ore” that naturally formed for a lot of years. Second, gold are found all over the country in the form of hidden or buried treasures.
Most of my treasure hunting crew are actually composed of individuals who have good backgrounds or experiences in the mining industry. This is the reason why they are capable of digging deep tunnels with so much amazing expertise. It is also the main reason why I myself do have the confidence to go deep down the hole and check what they just uncovered.
Mining operations has already taken place a long time ago in the Philippines where there are now several large mining sites on different regions. Speaking about the word “large”, this means that there are also smaller ones and they referred as “small-scale mining”. My crew mostly belonged to this group.
Common to all mining operations is that they will dig a certain spot particularly near the bottom portion of a large mountain. They say that a mountain flourishing with rich vegetation consisting of flowing streams of water is a very good sign. A sign that there are plenty of ripe gold ores waiting to be harvested.
Unfortunately, mining will eventually kill or destroy the mountain being mined. This is the reason why environmentalist group are opposed against any kind of mining operations.
What happens is that, the diggings caused by the miners actually damages the mountain’s internal water veins.
These water veins are where the water flows under the ground which are between the layers of rocks. Through them, water gets distributed way up to the top of the mountain. This is what gives its flourishing life.
But when these water veins got damaged or blocked, water can no longer reach the top of the mountain. As a result, the mountain will get dry or it will no longer going to look the way it used to be.
When it comes to treasure hunting, the source of gold are not naturally produced by the earth but they are “relics from the past”. This means that the ancient people already acquired and crafted these gold according to their cultural traditions or uses.
I actually did some research and there are some sources claiming that the ancient Philippines had so much abundance of gold resources. So where did these precious metals go to this day?
Unfortunately, no one knows the answer because the Philippine history only started from the time when the Spaniards came to colonize the country.
Anyway, all ancient relics that originated from the ancient people of the Philippines are considered as “Philippine National Treasures”.
Treasure hunters who are able to recover a national treasure should willingly surrender the item to the museum. I know that such item can be worth a lot of money when sold at the black market. However, I believe that the historical information that it can provide to all Filipinos is priceless.
I myself already came across several national treasures which puts my mind into struggle in making the right decision whether to sell it or donate it to the museum. Since money is not everything for me, I have chosen donating them to the public museum for the new generation to see.
If you decided to sell your findings then I really have nothing against your decision especially when you are in desperate need of money. And, I am fully aware that the Philippine economy right now is not good.
Although, some museums will buy relics at extremely cheap amount of price.
Aside from the National Treasures, there is also the popular Yamashita treasures. They are World War 2 war-loots where the Japanese Imperial Army hid them in the Philippines at the time of their near defeat against the combined Filipino and Allied Forces.
I think that I pretty much covered almost everything about the Yamashita treasures in my older posts. Thus, this topic needs no further elaboration. But if you are new to this blog, I would like to suggest that you should browse the posts under the “Yamashita” Category.
List of Provinces Where Gold are Found in the Philippines
In terms of the Philippine mining industry, Forbes have categorized the Philippines as the second country with the biggest untapped natural gold deposits. This analysis is mainly due to the country’s geographical features.
Then you may ask, “Why the Philippines do have poor economy despite such abundance of untapped gold deposit?”
The reason is that, it is really not worth it. It’s because currently, the overall Philippine mining industry only contributes “less than 1 percent” gain to the local economy. But in return, large surface area of the lands ends up getting destroyed. So the government took serious actions by implementing stricter bill for mining.
Anyway, here are the following list of regions where gold mining are still legitimately operational:
– Camarines Norte
– Campostela Valley
– Davao Occidental
– General Santos City
– Negros Occidental
– Surigao del Norte
– Surigao del Sur
Largest Gold Deposit in the Philippines
It is really hard to tell which exact region or place in the Philippines with the largest gold deposit unless the rumored satellite scanners are true.
According to some mining experts, the “Tampakan mine” located at South Cotabato currently holds the largest gold ore-body with an estimated resource of 18 million ounce of gold. Aside from gold, the Tampakan mine also holds the largest copper resources both in the Philippines and the world.
Are Gold Nuggets Found in the Philippines?
The answer is “Yes”. I have already seen many amazing gold nugget findings by various people in the Philippines. Since my full interest was only about the Yamashita treasures at that time, it really didn’t bothered me to take some actual photos.
In order for you to be able to find some gold nuggets, it is important for you to have a reliable metal detector designed for scanning gold. If you have such tool then two of the best places to search for gold nuggets in the Philippines are in the rivers or streams and at the old mines.
As an added fact, Philippine gold nuggets do often have 18K or lower.
Gold ore deposit isn’t just the precious metal that can be found in the Philippines. You might be surprised to know that there are an estimated amount of about 21.5 billion metric tons of different metal deposits in the country. While, there are about 19.3 billion metric tons of nonmetal minerals in the ground.
If there is only a way or method that will allow us to harvest these precious metals without harming the land surface environment then, Philippines will no doubt become one of the richest country in the world.