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why is the philippines called as the pearl of the orient?

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    allen butolposted 7 years ago

    why is the philippines called as the pearl of the orient?

  2. Lighting Guru profile image60
    Lighting Guruposted 7 years ago

    I've never heard of it called this, but it could be because they're really well known for mother of pearl.

    Or - having been there - because it's a beautiful country with incredibly friendly people.

  3. telltale profile image76
    telltaleposted 7 years ago

    I have heard of Penang being the Pearl of the Orient, but not the Philippines.  Penang is an island north of West Malaysia, on the west coast.

  4. J@ps profile image79
    J@psposted 2 years ago

    The previous answers are correct.

    But the Philippines in the distant past did have the nickname:
    "Pearl of the Orient Seas", given by some Spanish traveler back in the 1700s.

    Jose Rizal, the Philippine national hero, referred to his beloved motherland as Pearl of the Orient ("Perla del Mar de Orient") in the last poem that he wrote before he was martyred, "Mi ultimo adios".

    And in the national anthem of the Philippines, the country is referred to as "Perlas ng Silanganan" -- Pearl of the Orient, which was a (non-exact) translation of the original Spanish line "hija del sol de oriente".

    And besides the largest pearl in the world was found in the Philippines:
    http://jatps.hubpages.com/hub/The-Large … he-Biggest