- A local fisherman in Palawan turns over a gigantic pearl to the Puerto Princesa Tourism Office
- The pearl, which weighs 34-kilogram, was kept in secret by the fisherman for almost 10 years before it was turned over
- The Puerto Princesa Tourism Office is awaiting results if the gigantic gem is the biggest in the world
- Current largest pearl in the world named Pearl of Lao Tze was also found in Palawan in the 1930s
The Puerto Princesa Tourism Office is currently awaiting results to certify that the pearl that weighs 34-kilogram which was surrendered to their care is the biggest in the world.
City Tourism Officer Aileen Amurao said that the gigantic pearl was turned over by a relative–a fisherman— who has been keeping the gem for a long time, an article written by Aya Tantiangco on GMA News Online stated.
In a report, the fisherman and his family admitted that they kept the pearl a secret for almost ten years before they finally decided to turn it over to the authorities.
According to the fisherman, he found the pearl’s clam while he was out fishing one day. The clam, he said, got stuck in his fishing net.
As the fisherman plans for an exodus to another town, he decided to surrender the pearl feeling confident that the pearl sample will be properly protected.
Based on report, the natural pearl has an area of 1ft x 2ft.
The current largest pearl in the world named Pearl of Lao Tze was also found in Palawan in the 1930s. It weighs 6.4 kilograms.
Meanwhile, the Puerto Princesa Tourism Office expressed optimism that the hefty pearl would attract tourists. However, local fisherfolks are discouraged from disturbing or removing giant clams from the sea as the activity might disrupt the biodiversity of the area.
Given the initial measurements of the newly-found pearl specimen, the gem can possibly break the current record, according to the Puerto Princesa Tourism Office.