The Philippines are a traditional source of natural pearls and shells. The Badjao people are well known for their diving skills and the search for rare natural pearls. At present, cultured pearl farming is important. The Philippines are known as an important source of golden South Sea pearls. White South Sea pearls are also produced. Most pearl farming activity is located on the island of Palawan.

w Volume

400 kan (1.5 tonnes)*

w Value

17 million US$*

w Type of pearls

White and golden South Sea pearls

*Source: POIB (2011)

Pearl farming operations in Palawan, the Philippines. Photo: Henry Hänni.
Pinctada maxima spat (juvenile oyster) Photo: Henry Hänni.
Hatchery production of spat in the Philippines. Photo: Henry Hänni.

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