The Philippines is called the Pearl of the Orient, a Spanish term Perla de Oriente/Perla del Mar de Oriente, originated from the idea of Spanish Jesuit missionary Fr. Juan J. Delgado in 1751 when the Spanish missionaries first discovered the Philippines.
This title was given by Fr. Delgado after the largest pearl ever recorded in the history of the world was found in the country and was given the name “Pearl of Lao Tzu” aka “The Pearl of Allah”. Currently, the Pearl of Lao Tzu holds the largest pearl in the world was also found in Palawan, Philippines.
But recently, a fisherman turned over a humungous pearl, which is also found in Palawan, weighing 75 pounds.
According to a HOT, an unnamed fisherman managed to find the giant pearl on the coast of Palawan Island about 10 years ago. Somehow, he was unaware of the staggering value of the 34kg gem and just kept it as a ‘good luck charm’ in his rundown wooden home.
Unfortunately, a fire caught his home which forced him to move out. He then entrusted the giant pearl to his aunt, Aileen Cynthia Amurao, who happens to be a tourism officer. The stunned local government employee verified that it had been found in a giant clam.
In an interview, Amurao said:
“The fisherman threw the anchor down and it got stuck on a rock during a storm. He noticed that it was lodged on a shell and swam down to pull up the anchor, and also brought the shell with him. This was a decade ago and he kept it at home.”
She also added that she was amazed when the fisherman first brought the pearl and asked for the help of gemologists to fully certify the authenticity of the pearl.
The source also stated that the pearl measures 26 inches in length, 12 inches wide, and weighs 34kg with an estimated value of more than $100 million. Dwarfing the current world’s biggest pearl weighing only 6.4kg and is worth $35 million.
The said precious rock is now displayed at the Puerto Princesa Palawan City Hall and has somehow become some sort of a tourist attraction to visitors.
If proven that this is indeed a real pearl, the Philippines would likely earn another prestigious title for having the world’s biggest natural giant pearl from a giant clam.
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