Discover Philippines’ Jurassic Town

Fossils ammonites, dating back to the age of dinosaurs 165 million years ago were found in the town of Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro in the 1940’s. Thus, Mansalay, with the given remarkable discovery, had been labeled as the “Jurassic Park of the Philippines” by the MGB (Mines and Geosciences Bureau). ^432860DEF425117264DB47B91BCD9143943CB579A7B151E196^pimgpsh fullsize distr Discover Philippines’ Jurassic Town With the help of modern technology, students of Domingo Yu Chu National High School in the town Pola decided to spread the news. They won the contest called “Doon Po sa Amin” (DPSA), in return. DSPA was designed to haul out the most unique stories about Philippine culture and heritage. The event was held annually in search for the best hometown stories showcasing the history, traditions, festivals, points of interest, notable people, unique plants and animals, special delicacies and products of a certain place. Soon enough, a video entitled “Doon Po sa Amin, Ang Mga Bato ay may Nakatagong Kwento” (“In our Town, the Stones have Secrets”) about the ammonites of Mansalay had been produced, along with the help of teacher-coaches of the students. It won the grand prize in the student division of the 7th annual DPSA that was conducted by Smart Communications Inc. in partnership with the Department of Education. ^CB058C93D0BCA9968AC635ADDF76BA1F600E48FB404BE91373^pimgpsh thumbnail win distr Discover Philippines’ Jurassic Town Ammonites are fossil shells of creatures that lived in the sea as far back as 450 million years ago. They belong to a group of cephalopods, which include octopus, squid and cuttlefish. Only several people knew about them and the students hoped to get the word out. The discovery of ammonites in Mansalay, as the video explains is proof that part of the Philippines was once under the sea, according to the National Museum. This video caught the attention of Unesco (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Representatives have expressed interest in visiting Mansalay to conduct further studies. “DPSA allows Filipinos to take part in documenting Philippine culture and history using technology for all the world to see,” says Smart Public Affairs Group head Ramon R. Isberto. DPSA has generated over 1,500 hometown stories since its launch. To view DPSA entries, go to www.doonposaamin.ph. Or follow DPSA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DoonPoSaAmin, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/doonposaaminph, or subscribe to its YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/DoonPoSaAminPH for more Pinoy local stories.

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