The Philippines is a country that has many unappreciated geniuses and many undiscovered talents. Just like Jose Rizal, the Philippines’ national hero who is not just a patriot but a scientist and inventor as well, the country also has many inventors that may well be as great as other inventors in different countries.
Here is our top 12 list of surprising Filipino Inventions.
Everyone around the world probably knows what a yoyo is. It is a rounded and stringed toy that many children play around with. But little do many know the origin of this well-known toy. The yoyo was used by the Philippine natives 400 years ago as a combat weapon against the Spaniards and intruders. The original version of the “yoyo” was large and had sharp edges as well as studs. The weapon was attached to sturdy and thick 20-feet long ropes that would be used to fling at the enemies or prey.
The modern “yoyo” toy that we all know of was made by law undergraduate Pedro Flores. Thanks to America, this toy has been mass produced and popularized all over the world.
#2 Medical Incubator
Fe del Mundo is the first Asian who was able to enter the prestigious Harvard University’s School of Medicine. She is credited for her studies that led to the creation and development of the incubator and jaundice relieveing device. Accoding to Wikipilipinas, this improvised incubator comprised of two native laundry baskets that was placed one inside of the other. Hot water bottles were arranged around, and in-between the two baskets to provide warmth. It also included a makeshift hood over the overlapping baskets so that oxygen will be able to circulate within.
Source: Ang Galing Pinoy
This was created in order to address the needs of families in rural areas that have no electricity that is needed to regulate the body temperature of new born babies.
After the Americans colonized the Philippines, the Filipinos were able to create their own version of the “jeepney” from scratch. Ever since, this vehicle can be seen over almost every street and road in the Philippines and is the primary mode of transportation in the country. This Philippine vehicle has undergone many transformations and the modern “E-jeepney” was introduced in Metro Manila and Bacolod City.
These E-jeepneys, unlike the standard jeepneys, are nature friendly as they are noiseless and smokeless. The E-jeepney uses electricity which is significantly cheaper than that of ordinary diesel.
Erythromycin is an antibiotic that is derived from the bacterium Streptomyces erythreus. Ilonggo doctor/scientist Abelardo Aguilar discovered this strain in 1949 using the soil in his home provice.
Unfortunately, when he sent it to his US employer in Eli Lilli Co. to separate the said strain, the Indiana-based company owned the drug and Aguilar was not given any credit for this discovery.
Source: Pinoy Inventions
Patis or Fish Sauce is a condiment that is used as a salty partner for many Filipino dishes. Ruperta David (aka Aling Tentay) was responsible for its accidental discovery in 1949.
#6 Banana Catsup
Source: Panlasang Pinoy
Banana Catsup is a condiment that many Filipinos love to use for almost every known dish in the Philippines. This was the brainchild of food technologist Maria Orosa y Ylagan (1893–1945). According to historical accounts, she created the first recipe for banana catsup and experimented with foods that are native to the Philippines and created food products such as calamansi nip, which is a powdered form of calamansi to make calamansi juice, and a powdered version of soya beans called Soyalac which was used to help save the lives of many Filipinos, Americans and others who were held prisoners in World War II.
#7 Anticancer Cream
Rolando dela Cruz is a Filipino inventor who won the gold medal for creating an anti-cancer cream at the prestigious International Inventor’s Forum in November of 2005. It is called “DeBCC” cream, and was developed from cashew nuts and other local herbs. It is used specifically for basal skin carcinoma (BSC), which is known as the most prevalent type of skin cancer worldwide.
#8 16-Bit Microchip
Diosdado Banatao, or more popularly known as Dado Banatao, he is responsible for designing the first single chip, 16-bit microprocessor-based calculator. Also, in 1981, he developed the first 10-Mbit Ethernet CMOS with silicon coupler data-link control and transreceiver chip. He is also credited for the first system logic chip set for IBM’s PC-XT and the PC-AT as well as the local bus concept and the first Windows Graphics accelerator chip for personal computers.
#9 Quink Ink
This is a quick drying ink that was invented by Filipino chemist, Francisco Quisumbing. This ink was very innovative in the past and was further developed to work with Parker Pens. This ink isn’t just quick drying, it was also water resistant, doesn’t clog the pen opening, doesn’t blot and won’t fade. This ink is considered one of the best-selling inks for fountain pens.
#10 Mole Remover
In the year 2000, Rolando dela Cruz developed a formula that could easily remove deeply grown moles or warts from the skin without leaving marks or hurting the patient. The formula was made from cashew nut extracts (Annacardium occidentale), a common plant in the Philippines. This formula won a gold medal in the International Invention, Innovation, Industrial Design and Technology Exhibition in Kuala Lumpur in the year 2000.
#11 Filipino-made Train
Bryan Yuson, an electronics engineer, invented a Filipino-made train that will be running using renewable energy. The train has three charging systems; the solar panel, wind mill, and the pedals. According to Yuson, the energy from the three systems will be charged to the six batteries that is attached to the train and will power up two 24-volts motor to run the train.
This train was launched in Cebu City, Philippines, and if the Cebu City government cannot have railways for trains, Yuson’s invention is also flexible—it can run in the highways via vehicle tires.
#12 3-in-1 fire truck
The “Patriot” is a 3-in-1 fire truck that was invented by inventor Alfredo M. Anos, Sr., who is known as the godfather of Filipino Inventors. This truck is special since it serves as a fire truck, a rescue vehicle, and an ambulance.