Aileen Cynthia Amurao, a high-ranking tourism officer at Palawan Island, Philippines, has recently caused a world-wide sensation. One of her negligent nephews, a fisherman, had a fire in his house. Wishing to get some money to pay for the renovation of his house, the fisherman brought to Aileen a strange object that he had managed to save from fire. The object turned out to bethe biggest pearl in history, no one had ever known about.
The fisherman did not understand that it was a priceless pearl, that is why he had no idea of its real worth. A decade ago he threw the anchor down to keep his boat from being carried away by the storm on the high seas. After a couple of hours, the storm blew over, and the man understood that the anchor got stuck on a rock. The fisherman swam down to pull up the anchor, and also brought the massive clam on which his anchor had lodged. It was fantastic to discover that inside the clam there was a huge pearl. The fisherman thought the deities had gifted him for his bravery. After that, he put the colossal pearl under his bed for good luck, since it did not fit anywhere else.
Aileen, the fisherman's aunt, took all measures to secure and certify the find. The priceless pearl measures a staggering 1ft foot wide and 2.2 feet long, and weighs 75 lbs. It's worth more than $100 million, according to today's pearl prices. However, its strange shape makes it unsuitable for jewelry. Furthermore, no one would dare to saw such a miracle of nature. The magnificent pearl is the result of years of clam's influence on a grain of sand.
Now the 'good luck charm' will become the property of Puerto Princesca and will never leave this region. It will attract a lot of tourists to the city. The previous record was much more modest, as the Pearl of Lao Tze weighed only 14 lbs and cost $35 million.
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