5 lesser-known facts about Rizal

5 lesser-known facts about Rizal

November 8, 2017 | Anything Pinoy

Jose Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda. You’ve probably seen it in a multiple choice question and if you picked the one in this exact order, that’s 1 point for you.

Everyone knows he’s our National Hero and you may say that you know him already (because maybe you got a 95 on your Rizal subject), but there’s so much more to learn about him and you can’t find it in textbooks.

So, to commemorate Rizal Day, here are 5 lesser known facts about Jose Rizal:

1. There are three animals named after Rizal – During his time in Dapitan, Rizal collected animal species. Together with his students (he formed a school while in Dapitan, imagine how much time he had there), he discovered a type of beetle, a flying dragon, and a species of toad

2. He’s a sculptor, a talented sculptor – He carved 9-inch wooden statuettes when he was only 14 years old! Ano ba’ng ‘di mo kayang gawin, Pepe?

3. One thing he can’t do is sing – Ayun. Jose is a multi-talented man but one thing he cannot do is sing. He learned at an early age that his singing voice sounded awful so he decided to pursue other things instead.

4. He once sent a love letter written in invisible ink – Rizal wanted to keep his courtship towards Leonor Valenzuela private so he used his knowledge in Chemistry to make invisible ink (which is a mix of table salt and water. Thank him later.) Kaya naman pala matinik sa chicks e.

5. He’s fluent in 22 languages – Rizal is a well-travelled man and as you just read, he mastered 22 languages (including Sanskrit), so we can say his travel goals are quite big.

With all that, masasabi nating nung nagsabog ng talento, si Rizal talaga ang sumalo. Tell us about how he inspires you at facebook.com/KuyaJResto.

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Nice one, Juan!

Nice one, Juan!

May 31, 2017 | Anything Pinoy

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.

“Drawing-Proof” Outings

“Drawing-Proof” Outings

May 16, 2017 | Hacks

Summer is here and that means a long list of outings and road trips. But let’s face it, ilan talaga ang natutuloy? In most cases, summer trips or just a simple coffee-tayo-diyan-sa-malapit can quickly turn from an exciting expectation into an unfinished drawing. That said, we’ve round up a short list on how to make your fun-filled getaway “drawing-proof”.

1. Kidnap-in mo sila.

As they say, “Kung hindi madaan sa santong dasalan, daanin sa santong paspasan.” Go to each of your barkada’s house and carry them out of their house, literally. But for safety measures, ask permission from Titas and Titos first.

2. Say the magic words, “Sagot ko.”

To your friends, hearing those words is like winning the lotto. In other words, wala na, tapos na, may nanalo na…sila.

3. Use your “Hina naman namin sayo” card.

Behind every good road trip is a better guilt trip. Do your best in making that paawa-effect acting look legit. ‘Yung pang-Oscars.

4. Offer a buffet both for the stomach and eyes.

The way to your barkadas heart is through their stomach and eyes. Kaya ihanda na ang fried chicken at hot chicks. Pati ang inihaw na baboy at bad boys.

5. Make them sign a waiver.
There’s no getting away with a legal document. If it has their name and signature on it, they have no excuse not to come. Case closed, your honor.

That’s about it, friends. If all else fails, mag-solo trip ka na lang. Malay mo, makagawa ka ng coloring book.