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Here are just some notable Filipino inventors and their


1) Karaoke Inventor=Roberto del Rosario, a Filipino is claiming

the right for the invention of the Sing-Along-System (SAS) that

eventually led to the development of Karaoke, a Japanese term for

"singing without accompaniment". Among del Rosario's other

inventions were the Trebel Voice Color Code (VCC), the piano

tuner's guide, the piano keyboard stressing device, the voice color

tape, and the one-man-band (OMB). The OMB was later developed as

the Sing-Along-System (SAS).

2) Inventor of Incubator=Fe del Mundo, the first Asian to have

entered the prestigious Harvard University's School of Medicine, is

also credited for her studies that led to the invention of

incubator and jaundice relieving device. Del Mundo, an

International Pediatric Association (IPA) awardee, is an alumna of

the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Medicine. Since

1941, she has contributed more than 100 articles to medical

journals in the U.S., Philippines and India. In 1966, she received

the Elizabeth Blackwell Award, for her "outstanding service to

mankind". In 1977, she was bestowed the Ramon Magsaysay Award for

outstanding public service.

3) Moon Buggy Inventor=Filipinos consider Eduardo San Juan as

the inventor of the Lunar Rover, or more popularly known as the

Moon Buggy. The Moon Buggy was the car used by Neil Armstrong and

other astronauts when they first explored the moon in 1969. Eduardo

San Juan, a graduate of Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT), worked

for Lockheed Corporation and conceptualized the design of the Moon

Buggy that the Apollo astronauts used while in the moon. As a NASA

engineer, San Juan reportedly used his Filipino ingenuity to build

a vehicle that would run outside the Earth's atmosphere. He

constructed his model using homemade materials. In 1978, San Juan

received one of the Ten Outstanding Men (TOM) awards in science and


San Juan, however, was not listed as the inventor of the Moon

Buggy in American scientific journals. It said the vehicle was

designed and constructed by a group of space engineers. In Poland,

the Moon Buggy is attributed to a Polish inventor. Worse, the

National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) does not

recognize San Juan in its roster of outstanding Filipino


4) Videophone Inventor=Dr. Gregorio Zara of Lipa City and a

graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology invented the

videophone and developed the Zara Effect or Electrical Kinetic


5)Erythromycin (Iloson brand antibiotic)=A Filipino scientist

reportedly discovered erythromycin in 1949. He was Dr. Abelardo

Aguilar who died in 1993 without being recognized and rewarded for

his discovery. Reports said Aguilar discovered the antibiotic from

the Aspergillus species of fungi in 1949 and sent samples to

Indiana-based pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly Co. The drug firm

allegedly registered the propriety name Iloson for the antibiotic

in honor of Iloilo province where Aguilar discovered it. In 1952,

Eli Lilly Co. began the commercial distribution of Iloson, which

was sold as an alternative to penicillin. Erythromycin, the generic

name of Iloson, was reportedly the first successful macrolide

antibiotic introduced in the US.

6)Single-chip graphical user interface accelerator= Diosdado

Banatao, a native of Iguig, Cagayan and an electrical engineering

graduate from Mapua Institute of Technology in Manila is credited

for eight major contributions to the Information Technology.

Banatao is most known for introducing the first single-chip

graphical user interface accelerator that made computers work a lot

faster and for helping develop the Ethernet controller chip that

made Internet possible. In 1989, he pioneered the local bus concept

for personal computers and in the following year developed the

First Windows accelerator chip. Intel is now using the chips and

technologies developed by Banatao. He now runs his own

semiconductor company, Mostron and Chips & Technology, which is

based in California's Silicon Valley. (Source: Filipinas


7) Modular Housing Inventor= Edgardo Vazquez won a World

Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) gold medal in 1995 for

developing a modular housing system. Such a system called Vazbuilt

is reportedly capable of building within weeks a house with

prefabricated materials that can withstand typhoons and

earthquakes. Ironically, Vasquez is not getting enough support from

the Philippine government to propagate his technology, which could

help provide shelter to some five million Filipino families without

their own homes. Vazquez is the national president of the Filipino

Inventors Society.

8) Inventor of Fuel Products=In 1996, Rudy Lantano Sr., a

scientist from the Philippine Department of Science and Technology

(DOST), won the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

gold medal for developing Super Bunker Formula-L, a revolutionary

fuel half-composed of water. The mix burns faster and emits

pollutants, 95 percent less than those released to the air by

traditional fuel products. The inventor said his invention is a

result of blending new ingredients and additives with ordinary oil

products through agitation and mixing, which is a very safe

process. The initial plan was to commercially produce two million

liters of Alco-Diesel, two million liters of Lan-Gas and an

unlimited quantity of Super Bunker Formula-L each day for customers

in Luzon.

9) Lamp Fixing Invention= A Filipino inventor has developed a

technology, which could revive a busted lamp (pundido) and give it

more years of functional life than those of new ones. Acclaimed by

the Filipino Inventors Society as timely and revolutionary, the

Nutec system can prolong the life of fluorescent lamps up to seven

years. Nutec was developed by New World Technology, headed by

president Eric Ngo and chosen as the "Product of the Year" at the

Worldbex 2000 Building and Construction Exposition held at the

Manila Hotel. Engineer Benjamin S. Santos, national president of

the Inventors Society, called Nutec a timely invention.

10) Mole Remover=In 2000, Rolando dela Cruz developed an

ingenuous formula that could easily remove deeply grown moles or

warts from the skin without leaving marks or hurting the patient.

His formula was extracted from cashew nut (Annacardium

occidentale), which is common in the Philippines. The formula won

for dela Cruz a gold medal in International Invention, Innovation,

Industrial Design and Technology Exhibition in Kuala Lumpur in

September 2000. In March 1997, dela Cruz established RCC Amazing

Touch International Inc., which runs clinics engaged "in a

non-surgical removal of warts, moles and other skin growths, giving

the skin renewed energy and vitality without painful and costly


11) Teofilo Alfanta=He migrated to America in his teenage years

aboard ship carrying sugar cane to America during early 1900's. He

invented "TUBELESS TIRE REPAIR KIT" a very useful invention that

can help motorist on road when encounter flat tire.

Practically all automotive tires today are of tubeless type, and

which, in case of a flat tire, cannot be readily repaired by a

motorist himself, while on the road,Accordingly, it is a principal

object of the present invention to provide a repair kit for

repairing different sizes of puncture holes through a tubeless


12)Feminine Hygiene Product Inventor= Dr. Virgilio Malang won a

gold medal for his invention "Psidium Guajava Effervescing

Gynecological Insert", a silver medal for his "Patient Side-Turning

Hospital Bed", and three bonze medals for his inventions "external

vaginal cleanser", "light refracting earpick", and "broom's way of

hanging" at the Seoul International Fair in held South Korea in

December 2002. There were 385 inventions from 30 countries that

joined the competitions.

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