RAMON CABANOS BARBA is a Filipino inventor and horticulturist best known for inventing a way to induce more flowers in mango trees using ethrel and potassium nitrate. Barba was proclaimed a National Scientist of the Philippines in June 2014.
"Since the discovery of Ramon Barba’s method to induce flowering for mango plants, ... mangoes have since then been considered the number one fruit crop of the country. Apart from the mango producers themselves, other business sectors such as the producers of the pest control chemicals, harvesters, sellers, and all the other smaller groups of workers related to mango industry had benefitted from his invention."
DADO BANATAO is a Filipino-American entrepreneur and engineer working in the high-tech industry, credited with having developed the first 10-Mbit Ethernet CMOS with silicon coupler data-link control and trans-receiver chip, the first system logic chip set for IBM's PC-XT and the PC-AT, and the local bus concept and the first Windows Graphics accelerator chip for personal computers.
"Banatao is known for his rags to riches story. During his childhood, he walked barefoot on a dirt road just to reach Malabbac Elementary School... After high school, he pursued his Bachelor of Science in Electric Engineering from the Mapúa Institute of Technology and graduated cum laude.
He joined Philippine Airlines as a trainee pilot, and was later pirated by Boeing... in the United States. With the opportunity to stay in the United States, he then took his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University and finished in 1972. Banatao also joined the Homebrew Computer Club, where he met Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak."
First woman to be admitted as a student of Harvard Medical School. Invented an incubator made out of bamboo, designed for use in rural communities without electrical power.
"[Del Mundo] humorously relates that when she arrived in Boston and went to the dormitory assigned [to] her in a letter from the director of the hospital housing, much to her surprise, she found herself in a men's dorm. Unknowingly, the Harvard officials had admitted a female to their all-male student body. But because her record was so strong, the head of the pediatrics department saw no reason not to accept her. Thus, upsetting Harvard tradition, she became the first Filipina woman and the only female at the time to be enrolled at the Harvard Medical School."
One of the FIRST people to patent KARAOKE
Although the first credited karaoke was Japanese by Daisuke Inoue in 1971, he applied the earlier patent Del Rosario was granted in 1983 and 1986 making del Rosario one of the first people to patent Karaoke. Del Rosario won the lawsuit in World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) against Inoue about Karaoke. Inoue was in turn identified within Time Magazine as one of the Asian influences in his creation of the Karaoke.
"In honor of Fil-Am History Month this October, I am starting this project to feature Filipinx inventors and innovators throughout the course of history. By recognizing their contributions to the advancements in the different fields of STEM, my goal is to reinforce this idea that people of color have had significant contributions in a field where they are often underrepresented, and will continue to be a driving force of scientific progress. These Filipinx individuals have had done these important contributions in the past, and YOU could also be one of them in the future!" - Wesley Sosa, Corresponding Secretary/STEM Chair