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.
Fake UP Summa Cum Laude Becomes Guest Speaker at Graduation
A woman pretended to be a summa cum laude graduate from the University of the Philippines (UP), so she was invited to be the guest speaker at the virtual graduation ceremony of a school in Cavite! Apparently, she used fake documents to back up her claims.
Woman Fakes Summa Cum Laude, Becomes Graduation Guest Speaker
The summa cum laude honor is the highest a graduate could ever receive. So, people are amazed by summa cum laude graduates and view them as an inspiration.
The administration of Ramona S. Tirona Memorial School in Dasmariñas, Cavite invited a woman identified as Kathleen Joy Ravelo Poblete as their graduation speaker last July 15 because she claims to be a summa cum laude graduate from UP.
Poblete also submitted documents to the school to show that she’s a dean’s lister. Other documents also showed that she’s the recipient of the Juris Doctor’s award and was also awarded “Best in Research.”
She also claimed that she’s currently enrolled at the UP Manila College of Law.
As impressive as her claims were, the fake qualifications would soon be discovered by eagle-eyed netizens – and she soon got served with digital karma.
Atty. Rowena Soriano clarified that UP Manila doesn’t have a College of Law – UP Law is in UP Diliman.
The UP Manila Department of Social Sciences also denied affiliations with Poblete, clarifying that they have no records of Poblete ever attending their school. Also, only one person has ever been awarded as summa cum laude from the UP Manila Political Science program – and that’s Ms. Georgina Mia B. Gato in 2019.
The department also clarified that it doesn’t have a College of Law (as stated by Soriano), and doesn’t have a Best in Research award or Juris Doctor’s award.
After the issue went viral, another netizen shared the story of how Poblete used someone else’s identity to date men online! Uh-oh.
What’s a Juris Doctor?
A Juris Doctor is a graduate-entry professional degree in law. A person with this distinction has graduated from law school but hasn’t passed the bar exam yet. Because they aren’t bar-passers yet, they aren’t called “attorneys” and can’t practice as a lawyer.
Construction Workers Find Lots of Money at Construction Site They were Digging
Some construction workers found bags of money at the construction site they were digging – but can they still use this money to buy food and other items they needed?
Workers Find Money at Construction Site
Several construction workers from Tandag City in Surigao del Sur were so happy after finding bags of money from a construction site they were digging! There was so much money that some of them estimated the total to be around Php500,000. Wow.
Who owns the money and were they able to use it?
According to Peterson Bucay, one of the workers, he and his stepfather were already packing up their things and were ready to go home when they heard the other workers shouting. They ran outside and found the others happily exclaiming about bags of money they dug from the ground.
The workers had different versions of how much they got, but it was around estimated to be from around Php50,000 to Php300,000.
Another construction worker, Wilfred Asilom, was the first to discover the stash of money under the land they were digging. He estimates that the money is at around Php500,000.
At first, he thought it was play money but the other construction workers would begins shouting after realizing it was for real.
Jayson Necosia, another worker, took a shovel and started digging – and he got around Php100,000,
Then, Wilfred found another plastic bag of money worth around Php10,000.
Workers Split the Money and Shared with Onlookers
The construction workers were excited over the unexpected windfall and made sure to split the money among themselves. They even shared with some of the onlookers who went to the area to check on the news about the money the workers discovered.
But their joy turned to sadness after learning that they can’t use the money. It’s no longer legal tender – most of it is from 1985 to 2017 and has already been demonetized.
PLtCol Jeffrey Laurence Mauricio, PNP Chief of Tandag City most of the cash and urged the construction workers to turn over the money to the police station so it won’t be returned to circulation at unsuspecting stores.
Watch the video here:
Wife Feels Premonition Because of Soldier Husband’s Cryptic Message During Video Call
The wife of a soldier who perished in the C-130 plane crash in Sulu shares her feelings of premonition because of her husband’s message during their video call while on the flight.
Husband’s Cryptic Message Goes Viral
Corporal Carlo Dapanas, Jr., was among the 50+ soldiers and civilians who lost their lives during the C-130 plane crash in Patikul town, Sulu in southern Philippines last Sunday, July 4, 2021.
After the horrific event, his wife Mabel Dapanas shared how she felt a strong sense of premonition while she was having a video call with her late husband before the fateful flight.
According to Mabel, her husband kept telling her that he loves her and that he will never forget her or their child.
“Sabi niya mag-ingat diyan sa bahay, mahal daw niya ako. Hindi niya raw ako kalimutan at tsaka ‘yong anak namin. Sign na talaga niya na parang may mangyari sa kanila. Hindi niya matiis na hindi niya ako ma-contact, ma-video call,” the grieving wife recalled.
“Ang sabi niya ‘yong sinakyan na C-130 na airplane may ano raw may problem daw sabi ng asawa ko.”
The video call was abruptly cut off. Mabel tried to contact her husband but his phone couldn’t be reached.
It was hours later that she learned about the crash. Sadly, her husband was among those who lost their lives during the accident.
“Bago siya pumunta ng Sulu, sabi niya magpundar daw siya ng bahay at tsaka ng business sabi niya sa akin para sa kaniyang anak,” she said.
It is so sad that Mabel and her baby lost their head of the family in this manner.
Wath the report here:
What Happened to the C-130 Plane Crash in Sulu?
Authorities are still trying to determine the exact reason why the C-130 plane crashed in Sulu, especially because it was driven by experienced pilots.
Initial reports showed that the plane appears to have overshot the short runway and was trying to gain power when it crashed near the airport.