“Mina de Oro”.
Mindoro Island’s name meant “Mine of Gold”.
There are many resources abundantly found in Mindoro Island. One I like best is the natural still-virgin swatches of forest. I never thought for the name “Mindoro” to also be a literal meaning- mine of gold.
The latest find tho is Jade not gold. Until I attended an opening exhibit of
the Philippine Jade de Mindoro display and workshop would I have known there dis also jade here.
Made by domestic craftsmen, these gems are an early excavation, meaning barely tapping into the mine. I was told the jewellery quality get richer as the dig get deeper.
The owners are a friend of mine and they were kind enough to show me a room full. A room full of raw jade! I never imagined raw jade to be these huge chunks of rocks but here they are- chunks of rocks. They come in huge blocks, some weighing 70 kilos each. Bigger if it can be unloaded and transported through jungle by man.
Stay tuned for more pictures as the workers polish up their pieces.