A Filipino-Canadian guy based in Ontario, Canada recently had a family heirloom appraised on a hunch that it might be something valuable; he was rather surprised to discover that the object which they thought was just a curio resembling a giant tooth was actually a 1,000-year-old pearl that’s worth $90 million (Php4.73 billion)!
According to Abraham Reyes, the pearl had been with the family for decades. His grandfather bought a giant clam from a fisherman back in 1959. Upon opening the clam, Reyes’ grandfather discovered the pearl.
Photo credit: Instagram / The Giga Pearl
The odd-shaped pearl was passed on from one family member to another, but no one thought it was anything of value until Reyes thought of having the family heirloom authenticated at the Gemological Institute of America based in New York City.
The appraisers put the value of the gem at a whopping $90 million.
Weighing 27.65 kg (60.957 lbs), the family heirloom was so big that it was larger and heavier than the famed the Pearl of Lao Tzu from Palawan, Philippines, which once held the record for being the largest pearl in the world.
Because of the family heirloom’s size and recent authentication as a real pearl, Reyes decided to name it the ‘Giga Pearl’. He also commissioned a custom-made 22-carat gold holder in the shape of an octopus for the family heirloom – and it’s easy to see that the gold holder does make the pearl look so much more precious.
Photo credit: Instagram / The Giga Pearl
While the Giga Pearl is among the largest in the world, it’s not the current world record holder as it is still dwarfed by the 34-kg Pearl of Puerto Princesa, also in Palawan, Philippines. The giant pearl was found by a fisherman when he accidentally hooked a giant clam with his boat’s anchor.
The fisherman kept the pearl under his bed for good luck, only remembering about it some 10 years after he found the clam. The Pearl of Puerto Princesa has an appraised value of $100 million (Php5.25 billion).
Even if it’s not the largest in the world, the Giga Pearl is still quite impressive! It’s a good thing Reyes got the thing appraised.
Heartless Customer Cancels FoodPanda Order, Throws Food at Rider
A heartless customer cancels her FoodPanda order and throws food at the rider for being late in bringing her food! The story has gone viral, with many netizens wishing karma on the woman for her heartless actions.
Delayed Order Gets Canceled
These days, a lot of people enjoy the convenience of simply using their smartphones to order food from their favorite restaurants. So, despite the lockdown and various versions of the community quarantine wherein most people are not allowed to go out, they can still fulfill their cravings for such delicious foods.
What’s sad, however, is that there are customers who are so impatient with their orders that they get angry or even cancel when the rider takes a long time to deliver their food! But that is not the rider’s fault because the restaurants are usually too busy these days, too.
There are just too many people making orders for takeout or delivery food.
In Cebu City, a certain Mary Paras ordered food worth Php800+ from Chowking. When the FoodPanda rider arrived at her house, however, Mary reportedly refused to accept the order because the rider was late.
Considering that the rider had shelled out nearly Php1k for the food, he tried to insist that Mary pay for the order. But she got angry and threw the food at him! The poor rider had no choice but to leave, knowing that the customer won’t pay up.
But a concerned passerby snapped some photos and shared these on Facebook where the incident went viral. The heartless customer received netizens’ ire.
Mary would later issue an apology, explaining that the FoodPanda rider is the second to arrive at their home with her order. She claimed that the first time she placed her order, the app was ‘loading’. She had no idea that order pushed through. So, she received the same order twice; thus, she didn’t accept the second one.
This translates to:
“Good evening sa lahat na nagcomment sa Food Panda. Hindi ko po intension na manloko ng tao higit na sa panahon ito. Magcocomment nalang din po ako kasi nasasaktan na din ako sa mga sinasabi ng mga tao.
Kaya po eh explain ko po yung nangyari noong una nag-order ako pero nagloloading po at matagal yung net at data sa app. Hindi ko po namalayan na naorder na pala iyon at nadalawa na pala yung order ko. Noong dumating ang inorder po namin may tumawag ulit di ko nalang pinansin dahil dumating na yung order.
Kung may mali po ako nanghihingi po ako ng pasensya sa rider, kinontak ko na po siya at handa po akong magbayad sa kanyang pinang abono at nagpapasalamat din po ako sa nagpost po nito para mabigyang linaw ang lahat.”
But netizens are not buying her alibi. Many said that even if that is the case, she shouldn’t have been rude to the rider!
Safety in Food Delivery
These days of COVID-19, it is important to stay safe by staying at home. There are options for food delivery so you can still enjoy your favorite food from popular restaurants. Many restaurants impose many protocols to ensure safety in food delivery.
Food handlers and delivery riders are required to follow hygiene protocols such as wearing masks, washing their hands regularly, using alcohol, and limiting contact with customers as much as possible.
Old Man Bikes with Training Wheels Amid COVID Transport Restrictions
An old man bikes with training wheels amid the COVID-19 transport restrictions. His photos went viral, with many netizens expressing admiration that he found a way to solve his transport problem even if he did not know how to ride a bike!
Bike to Work
In the Philippines and even in many places around the world, restrictions are placed on transportation to stop the rapid spread of COVID-19.
Back riding is not allowed on motorcycles, with fines reaching to Php5,000! Public transportation also imposed social distancing; thus, most vehicles can only accommodate half or even less passengers than what they usually had.
This led to shortage in transportation and many commuters having to wait longer hours to find any vehicle to ride. So, many workers began using bicycles to work.
Biking to work can be tiresome and dangerous, even, yet they have no choice. It is the cheapest option that most people can afford in these trying times. But many people don’t even know how to ride a bike, including a lot of adults! So, many have also began learning how to ride a bike.
An old man recently went viral after someone spotted him riding a bike with training wheels! Most of us associate training wheels on bikes for kids but because he probably didn’t know how to ride a bike without them, the old man had to put them on so he can ride safely to work.
While a woman in Cebu had to struggle in riding her bike, and her husband had to act as her guide on a scooter, this old man found a way to ride the bike without a guide. Many hope that he would soon learn how to ride without the training wheels, of course, as such could lead to other accidents on the road.
What are Training Wheels?
Training wheels are two extra wheels placed beside the rear wheels of a bicycle to help someone learn how to bike. The wheels stay there until the rider learns how to ride the bike with their own sense of balance.
After Art Exhibit is Canceled, Senior Baguio Artist Barters Paintings for Food
After his art exhibit was canceled, a senior Baguio artist barters his paintings for food. The move was met with much positivity online – and many people are now lined up to buy more of his paintings. The move worked!
Art Bartered for Food
Senior Baguio Artist Roland Bay-an was supposed to hold an art exhibit but the show was indefinitely canceled due to the on-going national emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At his age, he has already created hundreds of artworks.
Bay-an has surely sold many of his art in the past. But with the on-going pandemic, it is hard to tell when he can hold another art exhibit or find buyers for his work.
This is where the barter community came in to help him out. These days, barter groups are popular on Facebook. You can barter anything you have for something you might need or want.
He offers his works at Pasakalye Art Space together with other artists along Harrison Road in Baguio City. But others also help him sell the artwork via other avenues.
Friends such as Maricar A Docyogen helped Bay-an share his art online, with the artist offering them for barter with 1 sack of rice or some groceries worth Php5,500 to Php8,000. Amazingly, the barter worked. A lot of people were interested with Bay-an’s art!
Aside from the locals who bartered with Bay-an, there are also many netizens who expressed interest in buying the paintings and having the items shipped to their homes. It is a good thing that the local and online communities have come together to help artists and other hardworking folks in need…
How to Barter Online
First, find a barter group to join. This should preferably be in your locality, for easier transactions.
Second, take pictures of the items you want to barter. You can estimate their value so you can also estimate how much you want to receive for your goods.
Third, make a post about the items you have to offer. You can opt to put a list of items you want in exchange for the goods.
Fourth, pick an offer you liked best from the people who commented or you can opt to trade with the first one who commented or anyone you want to trade with, for that matter.
Fifth, arrange for meet-up or pick-up, whichever is applicable.
Sixth, complete the deal. Make sure to close the post for commenting or end the offer according to the group’s rules.