Locals thought they found Japanese treasure because of “gold stones” that appear after flooding

Throughout the years, there were many types of stories that were passed on by word of mouth from one generation to another. Take, for example, the existence of ‘gold bars’ in some areas which were told to have been left by Japanese colonizers.

In a recent incident that occurred in Libertad, Antique, residents were all baffled by the thought of ‘gold’ existing in their area. In a report by Kapuso Mo: Jessica Soho, the bottom of a mountain in the said area is reported to house a lot of gold! This is why residents from all ages flock the area carrying their tools to be used in digging for the rumored gold substance.

All of these started when one of the residents named Lily claimed that her son dreamt of a lady wearing a white gown who said that gold substance can be found at the bottom of the mountain. Since then, the rumors flew and many people flocked the area in the hope of owning gold to be sold at a high price.

Even jewelers came to the barangay to check on the reported gold substances. Sadly, it was revealed that the substance in their possession is not gold.

Additionally, geologists from Mines and Geosciences Bureau of DENR Region 6 visited the location and conducted tests to confirm the authenticity of the gold substances. Later, it was revealed that the ‘shining’ substances were not gold but Pyrite. Pyrite’s metallic luster and pale brass-yellow hue give it a superficial resemblance to gold, hence the well-known nickname of fool’s gold.

These are very common minerals which can even be found on beach sides. From a first glance, one can easily be fooled that this too, is gold.

It was a good thing that residents were informed early on as to what was the real composition of the substance they suspected as gold. If it could have gone on for a longer time, they could have kept their hopes higher only to be disappointed in the end.

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