Cora’s Pearl and Souvenir Shop is one of the most trusted pearl suppliers in Palawan. Located at Tiangge-Tiangge Lacao Corner, Carandang St., Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Cora’s shop is said to be the supplier of almost all the pearls in the Palawan region and has ventured into selling other souvenir items and food pasalubongs, including its famed cashew nuts.
Palawan is known as the Philippines’ “Last Frontier” because of its rich biodiversity of flora and fauna with huge ecological importance to the country’s vulnerable ecosystems. But among its many treasures is a highly coveted gem: the pearl.
Palawan was part of the ancient trade route called Pearl Road where Chinese merchants crossed seas and traded with the sea-dwelling Badjao tribes for pearls. Over the years, Palawan maintained its stature as one of the world’s best locations for finding and cultivating pearls — with the rarest of them all, the South Sea Golden Pearl, as its crowning glory. Palawan’s unspoiled environment has made it possible for these rare gems to thrive and grow to its golden state.
Cora’s Pearl Shop carries almost all types of pearls cultivated in Palawan, from the more affordable type to the rare and highly expensive ones. It has become a household name in Palawan for pearl shopping.
Aside from its famed pearls, Cora’s is also a souvenir shop that sells locally made crafts like bags, necklaces, bracelets, colorful sarongs (a large tube or piece of fabric usually used as a wrap around the waist), and woodworks and baskets. But it is also famous for its food pasalubong specifically cashew nuts. They are sold in different varieties: roasted, salted, or spiced with chili. It is a delectable snack that is best bought during its growing season of May and June.