This gallery, divided into two sections, features the different types of natural resources that we utilize in the Philippines. It builds awareness on the origin of these resources, how they are obtained and how they contribute to our everyday well-being.
One side of the gallery features the mineral resources mined locally to manufacture products we have come to need for practical, everyday use. They are extracted from the earth through different methods like placer mining, surface mining, and underground mining, depending on the type, location and value of the surveyed minerals. Samples exhibited here are metallic minerals like gold, chromite, nickel, iron, copper and manganese. We also have here the nonmetallics like quartz, sulfur, calcite, anhydrite, and many others.
On the other side of the gallery are the energy resources that we use in the country. On display here are samples of natural coals showing its first stage (peat) to its last stage (anthracite) of development. We also have crude oil samples and drilling implements donated by the geologist who discovered the first oil wells in the Philippines. These samples were the earliest crude oils that flowed out of the West Philippine Sea, collected for posterity. We also have here eco-friendly ways of generating energy such as converting air into electricity through windmills, sunlight through solar panels, water into hydro-power and converting heat within the earth into geothermal energy.