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Myth Busters: Fact or Fiction, Filipino inventions
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post Dec 16 2011, 01:03 AM
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Filipino Chat needs something new... everything is always about genetics and each topic or post are nothing more than regurgitated are comments from previous post to previous post..etc..etc

everybody posting got the research skills with the genetic thing ... lets put that to the test with this inventions..

i will start of with the YoYo ... is the YoYo really a Filipino weapon back then? if so then why its not being taught like escrima today?

by the way... love this commercial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB33TDGFunQ






1. Karaoke: Invented in 1975 by Roberto del Rosario. I really thought this was a Japanese invention, despite its’ popularity here, and I was completely wrong. A brilliant guy, he invented many other musical devices, but Karaoke will always be remembered as his greatest triumph (or bane to humankind, depending on your point of view.)

2. Medical Incubator: Invented in 1941 by Fe del Mundo. She was the first Asian student in Harvard’s School of medicine. Countless young lives were saved by her invention and genius.

3. Moon Buggy: Invented in 1968 by Eduardo San Juan. He was the project leader for NASA in the buggy development: An underfunded and underappreciated engineering success. This one has special significance to me, due to my Grandfather working at the Cape in the early space program. The moon buggy allowed greater exploration of the Moon, yet Eduardo San Juan’s contribution has been relegated largely to status as a footnote.

4. Erythromycin: Invented (Discovered) by Dr. Abelardo Aguilar in 1949. He sent a sample to Eli Lilly, who promptly stole the idea and patented it, and later marketed it successfully. Remember kids, this is why the great inventors always go to attorneys first… He never received a single peso from his product, that saved millions of lives (Thank him if you are allergic to penicillin!).

5. Yoyo: Invented as a hunting weapon by the ancient Filipinos, probably in the Visayas. “Discovered” when Magellan landed.

6. Video Phone: Invented by Gregorio Zara, in 1955 no less! When James Bond was using one in Dr. No, it had already been in existence a number of years. This is the predecessor of the camera in your mobile!

7. Computer Microchips: Many types were invented by Diosdado Banatao, beginning with the world’s first 16-bit chip in 1972, which he invented while working at Commodore. This led to the development of GUI (The thing that makes the graphics on this page…). Why should you care? Without GUI, you would now be looking at a page filled with nothing but a bunch of ones and zeroes.

8. Isolated Rice Breeds: In 1966, Dr. Rodolfo Aquino isolated nine specific breeds of rice for the International Rice Research Institute. His discoveries helped prevent famine in much of Asia, and were nearly solely responsible for Thailand and Vietnam becoming the world’s leading rice producers (A spot once solely occupied by the Philippines.).

9. Drug Detection: Dr. Enrique Ostrea developed the method for detecting drug use by pregnant females by detecting traces in the baby’s stools. His method is used by doctors worldwide in diagnosing drug dependency in infants.

10. Jeepney: Immediate post-war, and the most common form of transportation in the country today. A Filipino invention, though born from necessity, ingenuity, and thrift.

11. Patis: Love it or hate it, I was surprised that it has only been around for the last 60 years! Additionally, the Filipino Patis was the basis for the Vietnamese and Thai fish sauce industries, and not the other way around. (If you think Filipinos use a lot, after a week in Thailand or Vietnam???) It was invented by Tantay Food and Sauces after they discovered that their dried fish were turning into liquid when stored with salt in earthen jars.
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post Dec 16 2011, 12:07 PM
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lol, you guys are hella weak... do you think these inventors had Chinese background?
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post Dec 17 2011, 04:35 PM
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Oh look, it's a sane person! Thank God lol

Anyways, I remember thinking for the longest time that a Filipino invented fluorescent lights, but apparently that was completely made up. So now I have no freaking clue what's fact or fiction.
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post Dec 18 2011, 03:35 AM
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QUOTE (blackNasian @ Dec 17 2011, 04:35 PM) *
Oh look, it's a sane person! Thank God lol

Anyways, I remember thinking for the longest time that a Filipino invented fluorescent lights, but apparently that was completely made up. So now I have no freaking clue what's fact or fiction.


mang thats filipino history as i know it.. i have no clue if its fact or fiction.. its funny how we can come up with crazy theories where filipinos came from but cannot find sources to back up claims such as these inventions
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post Dec 19 2011, 07:10 PM
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I know for a fact that Filipinos are NOT dumb like a lot of stereotypes I've heard (Forrest Gumps of ASIA?!!)

Just because a lot of us have dark skin they assume that = stupid.

-SMH
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