Although many archaeological sites in the Philippines
are heavily looted and destroyed, some fossils and artifacts have been
retrieved for scientific study. This collection in Huluga, Cagayan de Oro
indicates that the area was settled around 350 AD, and possibly earlier.
The settlers were using stone and later metal tools. They had artistic
inclinations, hunted large
terrestrial and aquatic mammals, and had direct or indirect trading with
the Chinese. Unfortunately, the government of Cagayan de Oro remains apathetic towards Huluga. A former director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources occupies the caves area, and a City Hall tourism employee has dug a huge pit in the midden despite requests by an archaeologist.