A small part of the Barangay in the city of Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental has been declared a heritage site after approximately 200,000 year-old oyster fossils have been discovered in the mountainous barangay.
According to Dr. Erlinda Burton, an anthropologist, the oyster fossils which they believe are about 200,000 years old, were in existent during the Ice Age period.
Raul Ilogon, the owner of the place, said that they have seen the fossils in their palce for quite sometime now but they did not take notice of their existence since hey thought they are just ordinary stones.
“I brought the fossils to Doctor Burton to have them checked, and said that there are authentic fossilized colony of oysters,” said Ilogon.
Because of the discovery, the place has been made a heritage site.
“It proves that this place is very, very old… It is significant also because it has become a part of your heritage here in Northern Mindanao,” said Burton.
Experts are still checking the place as of the moment, checking the place for other potential new discoveries.
Just last month, a horno or an old Spanish kiln was discovered in Barangay Poblacion, city of Alubijid in Misamis Oriental.