Today, new inventions come out by the minute and it’s hard to keep up and process everything. From the moment we jump out of the bed, to the wee hours where we scroll down Facebook ‘til we sleep, we use a lot of things and devices to make our life easier and more convenient. But did you know, that some of the things we use daily were invented by a fellow Juan?
That’s right. In case you’re not aware, Filipinos have been making a mark especially in the field of Science for a long time. As a matter of fact, one of these Filipino innovations sit somewhere inside the computers we use every day.
The first 16-bit microchip was made by Diosdado Banatao, a 69-year old Filipino from Cagayan Valley. For the benefit of the non-techie, this microchip is responsible for making your computer respond faster to your demands. So imagine how much longer you’ll wait for that office computer to render that Photoshop file if it weren’t for him!
Speaking of rendering, the first medical incubator was also invented by a fellow Juan. Well, Juana in this case. So, anong konek? An incubator “renders” premature babies for them to be ready for the outside world (There, LOL. Mai-link lang). It was invented by Fe del Mundo, the first woman who studied in the prestigious Harvard Medical School, and also the woman who is behind the first pediatric hospital in the Philippines. We can tell she likes cute mini-humans.
I wonder how difficult it would be for Fe to do all her paperwork without a trustee pen and ink. Luckily for her, the quick ink was already around that time. A Filipino chemist named Francisco Quisumbing was the one who invented Quink which means “Quisumbing Ink” or, as Americans want to call it, “Quick Ink”. The product was so good the Parker Pen Company used it in their pens.
Now, that one literally left a mark.