The City Tourism Office was recently entrusted with what is claimed to be the biggest natural giant clam pearl in the world, measuring 1 foot wide, 2.2 feet long, and weighing 34 kilograms. It is bigger than the latest gigantic pearl found in the province in 2014, which only weighs 24.7 kilos, including the shells. According to Puerto Princesa City Tourism Officer Aileen Cynthia Amurao, the said giant pearl was turned over to them by a man who found the specimen more than a decade ago when he was out fishing in Palawan waters.
“Sumabit sa angkla nila ng minsan sila nangisda, naabutan ng bagyo, sumabit itong shell na mayroon palang pearl,” Amurao explained. She further explained that the owner was not aware of the pearl’s value but kept it as a ‘luck charm’. However, since the man has been changing residency frequently, he decided to now entrust it to Amurao who then turned it over to the City Government.
Amurao has called the attention of the Gemologist Institute, among other proper authorities or agencies, for authentication and appraising of the said pearl. “Humihingi ako ng tulong sa inyo sa mga gemologist , baka mayroon tayo dito na puwedeng mag-certify ng authenticity nito at mag-appraise,” Amurao said.
The said pearl will be presented for public viewing on Monday, August 22, at the Puerto Princesa City Hall.
Amurao said she wishes that this discovery will help attract more tourist in the city.
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