- An auction was set up where proceeds will go to the 22 fishermen whose boat as sunk by a Chinese ship last month
- One of the items that is up for auction is the Mikimoto tiara that is owned by 1970 Miss International Aurora Pijuan
- Pijuan hopes that her crown would go up to P500,000 to match the donations that was given to the fishermen
Manila, Philippines – The events that happened regarding the 22 fishermen and their sunken boat had been the talk of the town for a few weeks. Fingers were pointed as to who was to be at fault, but at the end of the day, people all wanted to look out for the men who lost their means to make a living.
Help and donations were given, including former Foreign Affairs secretary Albert del Rosario, who gave them P500,000. Now, León Galleries has organized an auction where the proceeds will given to the fishermen as well.
1970 Miss International Aurora Pijuan wanted to reach out and help the fishermen as well, and it looks like she found a way to do so: She will be placing her tiara, made by the Japanese jewelry company Mikimoto, up for bidding in the same auction.
In an article published by ABS-CBN, it was said that the tiara that she has is smaller than the actual crown and she also did not have it on display in her house; it was hidden away in her attic.
The starting bid for the tiara is at P60,000, and Pijuan hopes that it can reach up to P500,000, just to match the amount that was donated to the fishermen beforehand. She said that she wants give the proceeds as a gift, the same way that the tiara was given to her when she won back in 1970. She also said that it won’t hurt her pocket as the money was never in her pocket, but was in her attic.
The tiara can be seen online in the León Galleries website it will be on display at the W14 La Fuerza Plaza and Eurovilla 1 in Makati City. The bidding will be open from July 20 and 21, 2019.