It was because of its well-known natural beauty. Specifically, it is called as “The Pearl of the Orient Sea” or in Spanish term, it is “Perla del Mar de Oriente” which was first used in 1751. This term became more popular because of the National hero Jose Rizal in his last poem “Mi ultimo adios” before he died in 1896.
What is meant by Pearl of the Orient?
The term Pearl of the Orient” or “Pearl of the Orient Seas” (Perla del oriente/Perla del mar de oriente) was originally used to describe the Philippines, specifically Manila, by the Spanish Jesuit priest, Juan Jose Delgado, in his book Historia general, sacro-profana, política y natural de las Islas del Poniente …
What is the largest pearl in the world?
The Pearl of Puerto is the largest known pearl in the world.
What was the Philippines called before it was the Philippines?
The Philippines were claimed in the name of Spain in 1521 by Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer sailing for Spain, who named the islands after King Philip II of Spain. They were then called Las Felipinas.