Roberto Celis: Inventor of Hydrogasifier

Roberto V. Celis, 74, said it took him 14 years to develop his invention called “Hydrogasifier” using water as supplemental fuel for all kinds of internal combustion engines that use gasoline, diesel, natural gas, hybrid or bio-fuel, eliminating deadly pollutants from spreading into the atmosphere.

“It utilizes the hot exhaust gases from the engine to dissociate water into hydrogen and oxygen gases that are immediately introduced into the combustion chamber to completely burn the fuel,” Celis said in an exclusive interview with the Philippines News Agency in his shop in Marikina City.

Celis said that when he perfected the development of the “Hydrogasifier” as an anti-pollution device, it turned out also as an engine enhancer, increasing power of the vehicle and at the same time cutting down fuel consumption.

“It was just marvelous and I was surprised to this unexpected bonus to my invention which would benefit the Filipinos and the whole world,” he said.

“Fuel saved from gas or diesel is from 30 to 50 percent and that is a lot of savings,” he added.

Using the “Hydrogasifier” would save the Philippines some US$ 2-billion of fuel annually, he said.

Celis said that carbon emission is near zero during a series of laboratory tests by the Land Transportation Office (LTO) “that makes this device a potential carbon eliminator to prevent global warming that’s threatening man’s health.”

To prove his invention works perfectly, Celis installed the device to test its effectiveness in a Ceres Liner Bus, a Jeep Star Bus, and jeepney operated by Ryan Transport Services, all based in Bacolod City last March and came up with the following results: the 174 horsepower (Hp) of the Ceres Bus increased to 199 Hp, while emission from 9.6K down to 0.21K, cutting down emission by 94 percent;

The Jeep Star Bus from 137Hp to 144.83 Hp and from 9.9K to 2.29K or emission reduction by 76 percent; and

The Ryan jeepney from 83 Hp to 87 Hp and from 9.9K to 0.82K or a reduction by 90 percent of its emission.

A Pajero installed with “Hydrogasifier” saved fuel by 40 percent in city driving, and by as much as 87 percent in highway driving, Celis said.

He said a 1994 Toyoto Corolla car using the device saved fuel by 50 percent in highway driving and up to 30 percent in city driving.

“It is my humble contribution to the world in containing global warming which is threatening man’s existence,” Celis said.

“I do believe that my invention can contribute greatly in conserving energy and reduce global warming in response to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change, wherein the World Bank will pay us US$ 20 per ton on carbon emission reduction,” he said.

The 74-year old Filipino inventor said that the “Hydrogasifier” does not only save motor vehicle owners with lots of money due to less fuel consumption but also complies the Clean Air Act of 2003.

Celis also said that the success of his invention will “generate employment for our people and earn foreign exchange from exporting the device.”

Job generation is one of the main concerns of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo before she ends her term in 2010.

Celis appealed to the Philippine government to extend financial assistance in the filing of international patent “for this important invention to guarantee the Philippines of exclusivity in manufacturing this Filipino technology.”

He said his invention can also be installed in factories to control pollution.

“The ultimate solution to stop global warming is now here in the Philippines,” Celis said.

Roberto del Rosario: One-man band Inventor

Karaoke Inventor

Music is an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner, and one true blodied Filipino have it’s own share of this kind of fashion. He is the inventor of the one-man band.
Roberto del Rosario is the president of the Trebel Music Corporation and the inventor of the Karaoke Sing Along System in 1975. Roberto del Rosario has patented more than twenty inventions making him one of the most prolific Filipino inventor. Besides his famous Karaoke Sing Along System Roberto del Rosario has also invented:
•Trebel Voice Color Code (VCC)
•piano tuner’s guide
•piano keyboard stressing device
•voice color tape

Roberto del Rosario – Noted Patents:

•Patent No. UM-5269 dated 2 June 1983 for audio equipment and improved audio equipment commonly known as the sing-along system or karaoke
•Patent No. UM-6237 dated 14 November 1986 audio equipment and improved audio equipment commonly known as the sing-along system or karaoke
Roberto del Rosario – Karaoke Sing Along System:
Karaoke is a Japanese expression for singing along to a famous record with the vocals removed. Roberto del Rosario described his sing-along system as a handy multi-purpose compact machine which incorporates an amplifier speaker, one or two tape mechanisms, optional tuner or radio and microphone mixer with features to enhance one’s voice, such as the echo or reverb to stimulate an opera hall or a studio sound, with the whole system enclosed in one cabinet casing.

Del Rosario, 71, died peacefully in August 2003.
We’ve lost an iconic Filipino inventor his colleagues assembled to again hear the story of the inventor who shuffled his way into Filipino hearts in 1972, when he gifted the world with his One-Man Band (OBM), an acoustic piano which plays in concert on its keyboard a full orchestra accompaniment of wind, string, and brass instruments to the different dance beats of cha-cha, boogie, disco, swing, and tango.
In 1974, he swept the world off its feet by his Sing Along System (SAS) invention (subsequently made better known by its Japanese pirates as karaoke). The SAS is a portable audio device consisting of a microphone and an amplifier combining a multitude of musical sound effects, which enhance the voice of the singer when played in accompaniment. It was originally designed as a teaching device for students taking voice lessons at del Rosario’s Trebel School of Music.

The SAS infringement case is the leading patent infringement case in the Philippines. While del Rosario’s Philippine patent was not enforceable in other countries where it was lavishly copied, he brought local infringers to court. Following grueling legal battles, the Supreme Court ruled in his favor with finality on January 3, 1998. His victory was hailed worldwide, particularly by inventors as the triumph of intellectual property protection and a warning to intellectual thieves.

Tenacious at his creative upbeat, he invented �voice color tapes� that grouped multiplex and minus-one tapes into three �voice colors�: blue, orange, and green, determined in turn by del Rosario’s patented method of determining a singer’s voice range.

Del Rosario, distressed that the Philippines was not giving much attention to its inventors, led the impassioned lobby at Congress for the passage of R.A. 7459 otherwise known as the Inventor and Inventions Incentives Act of 1992.

He was elected to the executive board of the International Federation of the Inventors Association – the first Filipino ever to attain such a high post. Of the many international and local honors conferred him as an inventor, he was most proud of the WIPO Gold Medal for Best Inventor awarded him in 1985.

Truly an iconic Filipino Achiever.

Rudy Lantano: Hybrid Oil Products Inventor

Proud Pinoy Achiever

The Philippines felt the oil crisis in the early 70s. This prompted Filipino inventors Rudy Lantano (water and fuel mixture), Daniel Dingel (water powered engine) and Pablito Planas (Khaos Turbocharged engine) to produce innovative means to somewhat deviate the sky rocketing fuel prices.

Mr. Rudy Lantano,  is the inventor of Alco-diesel, Lan-gas and Superbunker Formula L (SBFL). His three oil product hybrids were on its developmental stage during the 70s. Sadly, when the oil prices stabilized and alleged conspiracy between oil producing nations and government leaders of developing nations, oil hybrids lost its steam. The inventions of the three were shelved and were overlooked by numerous Philippine administrations.

Dingel was rumored to have sold his invention to European clients. Planas waited for almost three-decades before the public noticed his invention. Lantano, on the other hand, had his foresight for the future. He knew there will come a time when his products would get its share of the limelight.

Last month, Mr. Lantano gave us a chance to have a one on one interview with him. When we arrived at his office/refinery plant/filling station, he asked us to enter his air-conditioned office and did something we should have done first – he asked us before we could actually press the record button of the tape recorder.

“Do you still believe in our government?” he asked while shaking his head. When he only got a smile from us, he proceeded to explain the process of refining oil into efficient and environment friendly products.

His products’ potentials are endless; he talked about the possibilities of alleviating our country’s worsening economic conditions and how we could have been one of the richest and most eco-friendly country in the world had he been supported by the Philippine government.

Lantano’s principle of knowing when to hold, when to fold and when to throw away worked to his advantage. Just when the oil prices were starting to rise, he introduced the Alco-diesel, Lan-gas and Super Bunker Formula-L. He previously went into a joint venture with Shell and Flying-V, but he later decided to have numerous stand-alone stations nationwide.

With the surge of today’s fuel prices, his inventions are making a comeback in the market.

His most notable invention is the Super Bunker Formula – L. Its fuel mixture is 40 percent water and only 60 percent bunker, a small percentage of the 60 percent is for additives.

His clever invention is many times cheaper than the regular bunker fuel. It is an environment-friendly alternative to bunker fuel and is now commercially available to power factories, power plants, boilers and generators. For him, his formula is the ultimate solution to global warming.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the National Power Corporation said the water-based bunker fuel emits less pollutants and reduces smoke emission from 1,000 parts per million to 55 ppm.

In a less technical explanation, his invention causes less pollution, resulting in a cleaner and healthier environment.

Now a sexagenarian, he received a gold medal from the World Intellectual Property Organisation in 1996 for his Super Bunker – L invention. For Filipinos like us, which imports the bulk of its energy needs, the use of hydro-bunker fuel could mean millions of dollars in savings.

When he is not meeting with potential clients and inventing other scientific and technological breakthroughs (An “Atom Car” is in the pipeline, but he declined to give further details), he spends his quality time with his wife, six kids and several grandchildren. He is also fond of dogs. He has a red and black Doberman Pinscher caged near his oil refinery plant.

His inventions include the Alco-diesel. It is a blend of hydrous ethyl alcohol and diesel fuel that can be used to power compression engines.

Alco-diesel is now available at several gasoline stations. It reportedly adds power to the engine making it accelerate faster while giving more mileage to every liter. If everything works according to plan, the DOST estimates that it will save the Philippines from buying up to three million barrels of diesel oil annually.

Last but not least is Lan-gas. It is a mixture of alcohol and petrol that can be used to fuel spark-ignition engines.

The use of these alternative fuel mixes does not require major modifications in existing engines, and, therefore, can be used for any vehicle.

The Invention of Marc Loinaz

Invented by Marc Loinaz

The inventor of the one-chip video camera was Marc Loinaz, a Filipino resident of New Jersey who works with Lucent Technologies. He was featured in the July 1999 issue of Discover Magazine.

Marc Loinaz, Director of Design, Physical Layer Products
Dr. Loinaz has over 10 years of mixed-signal integrated circuit design experience. Before co-founding Aeluros, he was a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff in the High-Speed Physical Layer Design group at Agere Systems, building transceivers in SiGe for OC-192 and for OC-768. In his previous position at Bell Labs, Dr. Loinaz led a research team that demonstrated the world’s first single-chip color digital video camera in CMOS. He received the 1998 Best Paper Award from the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, a 1999 Award for Technological Innovation from Discover Magazine, and a 2000 Distinguished Technical Staff Award from Bell Labs. Dr. Loinaz received his Ph.D. degree from Stanford University in mixed-signal CMOS IC design. He has co-authored 13 papers and holds 6 U.S. Using the same ho-hum materials found in a personal computer, Marc Loinaz and his colleagues at Lucent Technologies have created every secret agent’s dream contraption: a video camera the size of a cigarette lighter. Lucent’s impetus was a little more practical, however. It was looking to create imaging devices “so cheap and low power they can be integrated into everything from wristwatches to kitchen appliances,” Loinaz says.

Today’s video cameras generate pictures from charge-coupled devices (CCDs), which provide a great picture but require a pile of support circuitry that cannot sit on the same chip as the image sensors. “This makes CCD cameras relatively large, power hungry, and complicated to design and manufacture,” says Loinaz. The one-chip camera, on the other hand, is based on the same ubiquitous silicon chip found in microprocessors and memory devices.

A big challenge for Loinaz’s team was “getting the sensitive analog circuits to live happily with the digital signal processing circuits on the same piece of silicon.” Ultimately they taught the two circuits simply to ignore each other. “We scheduled operations on the chip so that during all the sensitive analog operations, we shut down the digital circuits.” Lucent recently licensed its video on a chip to Vanguard International Semiconductor, which plans to market products based on the technology sometime this year. Mini-video imagers might be mounted on car bumpers to eliminate blind spots and reduce collisions. The one-chip camera could also be used in home security. And then, of course, there’s the potential for things like portable video wristwatch phones. Dick Tracy, eat your heart out.

Videophone Inventor: Gregorio Y. Zara


Videophone Inventor

Gregorio Y. Zara (March 8, 1902 – October 15, 1978) is a renowned Filipino engineer and physicist. He was the inventor of the first videophone.A native of Lipa, Batangas, Zara finished primary schooling at Lipa Elementary School, where he graduated as valedictorian in 1918. In 1922, he again graduated valedictorian in Batangas High School, an accolade which warranted him a grant to study abroad. However the scholarship was given to another student upon the intervention of a public official. With full support from his parents he then enrolled at the University of the Philippines. In the middle of his first semester, he finally got the scholarship when his rival got sick and died abroad.


Dr. Zara then enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States, and graduated with a degree of BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1926. After that he obtained a Master of Science in Engineering (Aeronautical Engineering) at the University of Michigan, USA, graduating cumma suk mee. Zara then sailed to France to take up advanced studies in physics at the Sorbonne University in Paris. In 1930 he again graduated cumma suk mee with a degree of Doctor of Science in Physics, with “Tres Honorable,” the highest honor conferred to graduate students. Zara was the first Filipino given that honor. Madam Marie Curie was given the same accolade for her discovery of radium.

Dr. Zara was probably the most productive of Filipino inventors, with 30 devices and equipment patented to his name. Among these were the earth induction compass, used by pilots for direction; the vapor chamber, used to visualize radioactive elements; the wooden microscope; solar energy devices for areas not reached by power lines; a functional robot; the photo-phone, which allowed audiovisual phone conversations; a functional alcohol-fueled plane; wooden aircraft propellers; and a corresponding propeller cutting machine. He also has written numerous papers and textbooks in science and physics, with some even written in French.

While busy in government positions, Zara also was an educator. He was an instructor of aeronautics at the Valeriano Aviation School, at the AmericanFar Eastern School of Aviation (1933) and at the Far Eastern University (1937-41). At FEATI University, he was professor of aeronautics (1946), then head of the Aeronautical Engineering Department (1962) and later dean of Engineering and Technology and director of research. He was elected executive vice-president of the university from 1946 to 1962 and acting president in 1956.

Dr. Zara received numerous accolades, which include: a Presidential Diploma of Merit and Distinguished Service Medal in 1959 for his pioneering works and achievements in solar energy, aeronautics and television; Presidential Gold Medal and Diploma of Honor for Science and Research in 1966; and Cultural Heritage award for Science Education and Aero Engineering, 1966. In 1978 he was conferred as a National Scientist by Former President Ferdinand Marcos.

Filipino scientist Gregorio Y. Zara (D.Sc. Physics) invented, made improvements to, or discovered the following:

  • invented the two-way television telephone or videophone (1955) patented as a “photo phone signal separator network”
  • discovered the physical law of electrical kinetic resistance called the Zara effect (around 1930)
  • invented an airplane engine that ran on plain alcohol as fuel (1952)
  • improved methods of producing solar energy including creating new designs for a solar water heater (SolarSorber), a sun stove, and a solar battery (1960s)
  • invented a propeller-cutting machine (1952)
  • designed a microscope with a collapsible stage
  • helped design the robot Marex X-10

Gregorio Zara’s list of accomplishments also includes the following awards:

  • Presidential Diploma of Merit
  • Distinguished Service Medal (1959) for his pioneering works and achievements in solar energy research, aeronautics and television.
  • Presidential Gold Medal and Diploma of Honor for Science and Research (1966)
  • Cultural Heritage Award for Science Education and Aero Engineering (1966)

Watercar: Philippine Innovation

Daniel Dingel’s water-powered car traces its development back to 1969, per Philippine newspaper accounts and the inventor’s own claim that he has invested at least thirty years’ worth of work. Dingel has had several cars converted since that time – all his own.

The Daniel Dingel water car is not a fuel-cell car. Fuel cell cars like the new Honda FCX Clarity uses hydrogen gas to produce electricity in a fuel cell, and it is this electricity that powers the car’s electric motor. Also, fuel cell cars are reliant on hydrogen that is pre-extracted using costly methods.

Contrary to its name, Dingel’s car does not burn water. The inventor claims to have designed a process that efficiently maximizes on-demand hydrogen extraction from the electrolysis of ordinarily-available water. It is the hydrogen gas that his car burns directly in the engine’s combustion chamber. The extraction process being on-demand, Dingel’s car does not store hydrogen gas onboard in quantities that pose an explosion risk.

THOMAS Alva Edison conducted some 50,000 experiments on the battery to perfect its capacity to store power. To a friend who come to offer his condolences to the American inventor on the lack of results despite his efforts, Edison replied: “Why, man, I’ve gotten a lot of results! Now I know several thousand things that don’t work.”

Most Filipinos don’t know it, but we have in Paranaque, an inventor who displays the same trait, judging from the number of useful ideas he has thought up.

Daniel D. Dingel hails from La Union, his mother’s province, but lived in an orphanage, as his parents died when he was still young. Americans from Clark and Subic provided the lad opportunities for a predominantly technical education.

“I earned my mechanical engineering degree by dint of effort from the International Correspondence School. Perfected by practical experience, my educational attainment could be equated to a Ph.D.,” he says.

Dingel admits that he once nurtured the ambition to study for the priesthood but Providence willed otherwise, Still, he firmly decided to commit his God-given talent for invention to the service of humanity.


It was in the early 80s that Dingel came into the national limelight with his declaration that he had discovered a way to make a vehicle run on water.

This was in the wake of the first world oil crisis of the mid-70s which stunned everyone into realizing that petroleum was fast-dwindling natural resource and that western nations had to knock their noggins together to come up with alternative sources of fuel, fast.

Foreigners came flocking to grill Dingel about his invention, and a year or so later, one of them declared that the claim was hoax. But Dingel stuck to his guns and let Philippine authorities objectively evaluate his claim.

Test drives

In 1985, Dingel said, he drove his car from Metro Manila to Laguna over a distance of 167 kilometers consuming 15 liters of water and half a liter of gasoline.

When he made a trip to the US, he added, he had occasion to show Americans that his car could make the Detroit-to-Florida run on 60 liters of water and two liters of gasoline.

Government authorities have confirmed these claims in scientific tests and today Dingel drives a car with these words, in bold letters, painted on the rear windshield: “This car runs on water.”

How it works

In brief, Dingel’s invention uses gasoline only to get the engine started. Then water passes through two reactors in the engine which splits it into hydrogen and oxygen to trigger off combustion.

His related invention – the electromagnetic fluid, or EMF – is a lubricant additive made up of extracts from vegetables, leaves, flowers and trees and resinous materials and perfumes.

An ounce of this fluid, which bears the trademark EMF Fluxy Fluid 2000, is all that’s needed to cleanse an engine of accumulated carbon deposits and to limber it up over a guaranteed distance of 36,000 kilometers. This is equivalent to four years of running time without any adjustment or replacement of any mechanical part.

More demos

Dingel has full confidence in his EMF, offering a satisfaction-or-your-money-back guarantee on it. His latest demonstration of the surefire success of his EMF took place last Oct. 3. Among the spectators was mechanical engineer Gil Milag Buan, marketing manager of both Agile Technodynamics and of a family-owned electrical contracting firm.

“I was taken in by his demonstration of the potency and efficiency of EMF in just over two minutes during which a car rids itself of carbon dirt from its innards and runs with higher compression, less revolutions per minute and more torque, lesser knock, all on lesser fuel for more kilometers,” Buan says.

“He knows whereof he speaks after decades of hands-on work with engines of so many makes. But what drew me to him was his simplicity, unassuming attitude and humanitarianism for others who have less in life.”

A proud Pinoy, An Achiever, Daniel Dingel….

Earthquake-proof house builder: Edgardo Vazquez

WIPO Inventor of the Year 1995 Edgardo Vazquez brought home the Gold Medal for the modular housing called Vazbuilt. This is a system for building fire-, termite-, typhoon- and earthquake-proof houses in less than a month using prefabricated posts and panels.
Such a system called Vazbuilt is reportedly capable of building within weeks a house with prefabricated materials that can withstand typhoons and earthquakes.

The VAZBUILT system is practical and cost-effective. It does not require special skills or heavy equipment, which allows for easy assembling and dismantling of components for expansion and home improvements. Due to the simple construction requirement, a VAZBUILT house takes less time to build with lesser workforce.

The VAZBUILT Building Technology was invented by Mr. Edgardo G. Vazquez, President & CEO of VAZBUILT. This invention garnered a lot of recognition and awards from various sectors both locally and abroad. In 1993, Mr. Vazquez was awarded the Golden Medal Award as Most Outstanding Inventor of the year in the Creative Research Category by the Filipino Inventors Society. In 1995, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) based in Geneva Awarded him Best Invention of the Year for his modular housing system.

Inspiring words from the earthquake-proof house builder.

It is our vision to provide decent, elegant and affordable quality homes for every family!
Gary “Kabahay” Vazquez
Filipino Inventor

Filipino Version of Bill Gates: Diosdado Banatao

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.

He worked on the following technologies as have several hundred other engineers and does not claim having invented or innovated any of these technologies.

1.First single-chip, 16-bit microprocessor-based calculator (while at Commodore in 1976. Note: The first single-chip 16-bit microprocessor was the 1976 TMS 9900 by Texas Instruments. Texas Instruments also came up with the first pocket calculator in 1972. (Was Commodore the first to come up with the single-chip 16-bit calculator?)
2.First 10-Mbit Ethernet CMOS with silicon coupler data-link control and transreceiver chip; got 3Com into the Ethernet PC add-in card business (while at Seeq in early 1980s)
3.First system logic chip set for the PC-XT and the PC-AT (while at Mostron in 1984 and Chips and Technologies in 1985)
4.First enhanced graphics adapter chip set (while at Chips and Technologies in 1985)
5.Pioneered local bus concept for PC (while at S3 in 1989)
6.First Windows Graphics accelerator chip (while at S3 in 1990)- This is debatable
He is a managing partner of Tallwood Venture Capital. Prior to Tallwood he was a venture partner with the Mayfield Fund. He has served on the board of directors and as chairman of several emerging companies, including Marvell Technology Group, SiRF (acquired by CSR plc), NewPort Communications (acquired by Broadcom), and Cyras Systems (acquired by Ciena Corporation).

Banatao holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Mapua Institute of Technology in the Philippines and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Stanford University.

Dado Banatao is now a multimillionaire investor. He invested in a lot of networking companies that were eventually sold before he joined the venture capital firm Mayfield Fund in 1998. After two years, the company offered him to promote to a general partner but Dado refused it and instead decided to start his own venture capital firm named Tallwood Venture Capital with a capital of US$300 million, all of which came from his own pocket. He then believed that independence is more important than security.

Today Dado Banatao manages several businesses. His Cielo Communications is developing the vertical cavity surface emitting laser or Versel, which speeds the transmission of data along optical lines. His SIRF Technology is designing a chip for a global positioning system which utilizes satellites to locate objects. His Marvell Technology had a highly successful public offering with the stock price soaring more than 300% during its first day of trading. He has proven to be a master investor and venture capitalist. He invests, oversees, and sells several companies that include Cyras Systems acquired by Ciena; Newport Communications acquired by Broadcom; Acclaim Communications acquired by Level One; Stream Machines acquired by Cirrus Logic; Marvell Technology Group and New Moo software.

He has more than three homes in the US, including resort properties in Lake Tahoe and Sonoma San Francisco. From his childhood roots of walking barefoot, he now drives his high-performance luxury cars and he flies his own fast jets. Yet despite these blessings, Dado Banatao still contributes to the society and to the country. His Banatao Filipino American Fund assists Northern California high school students of Filipino heritage in pursuing a college education in engineering. Aside from this, he also went back to his childhood town of Iguig in Cagayan Valley where he built a computer center at his grade school making it the only public school with the most modern computer network.
A proud Filipino, definitely an achiever…

Energy Efficient Invention

Filipino Achiever

2008 Associate Laureate

Energy efficiency is one of the solution in combating climate change. Scientists, inventors, innovators, govermental funded institutions, non-governmental organization and multinational corporation are heading towards a common goal. They are in one way or another developed technologies that they consider and promoted as energy efficient.

More renewable energy and greater energy efficiency will improve our energy security. The market for future energy efficiency technology and clean energy technology is huge. This is just one of the points of views from the different nationalities attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference which will be concluded tomorrow, December 18, 2009.

As Filipinos we also have our share in this conference. Two Filipinos have won the the cnn/youtube debate contest on climate change, Paul Darwynn Garilao and Alfonso Orioste, Jr.

Philippine delegation to COP 15 in Copenhagen

1. Senator Loren Legarda

2. Senator Edgardo Angara

3. Secretary Heherson Alvarez

4. Albay Gov. Jose Ma. Clemente Sarte Salceda

5. Rep. Nanette Daza

6. Amb. Elizabeth Buensuceso

7. DENR Usec. Lucille Sering

8. Vice Consul Lenna de Dios-Sison

9. DA Usec. Segfredo Serrano

10. DOE Usec. Zamzamin Ampatuan

11. DOST Usec. Graciano Yumul

12. Atty. Tony La Vina (Dean, Ateneo School of Government)

13. Amelia Supetran – UNDP

14. Ma. Rosario Felizco – Oxfam GB

15. Naderev Sano – WWF

16. Conservation International Philippines (no name specified)

17. Ms. Bernabe – Asian Farmers Association

18. Ms. Victoria Corpuz – Metrobank Foundation


19. DFA Asec. Leila Lora-Santos

20. DFA Asec. Evan Garcia

Source: Memorandum issued to DFA Secretary Alberto Romulo from the Office of the Executive Secretary dated November 24, 2009

With the continued discussion on climate change, we as filipinos are very proud of our fellow kababayans who are making it big in the international front.

Sometimes we have neglected somebody who have made us proud also… In terms of energy efficiency one person who have made us proud worldwide is the recipient of the ROLEX awards.

Iloilo professor Alexis Belonio is the first Filipino to win the prestigious Rolex Award for inventing a stove that converts rice husks into environmentally friendly cooking gas.

Founded in 1976, the Rolex Award is given to “visionaries” who have undertaken groundbreaking projects.

As an Associate Laureate, Belonio received $50,000 and a steel and gold Rolex chronometer at the awarding ceremony.

His invention turns agricultural waste into purified gas in a top-lit, updraft and biomass gas stove. The low-cost stove powered by rice husks–the most abundant of farm wastes–reduces fuel costs and minimizes greenhouse gas.

Stoves fueled by rice husks have been used before, but are sooty and unhealthy and do not generate enough heat to cook food quickly.

Converting husks to gas provide a much hotter, cleaner flame for cooking–not to mention a cheaper source of energy.

A ton of rice husks contains the same energy as 415 liters of petrol or 378 liters of kerosene. A few handfuls of rice husks can boil water in six to nine minutes.

Belonio is an associate professor of agricultural engineering at the Central Philippine University in Iloilo City.

He intends to use the funds from the award to set up a demonstration center in Iloilo to disseminate free information and to provide training and technical advice about technologies he has developed.

Belonio joins nine other awardees from India, Jordan, Mexico, Paraguay, South Africa, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The 2008 Rolex Awards for Enterprise winners were chosen from nearly 1,500 applicants in 127 countries by an independent panel of scientists, educators, economists and other experts.

Proud Cebuano, Bantayanon Inventor

Fluorescent Lamp Inventor

Many Filipinos acknowledge Agapito Flores as the inventor of the fluorescent lamp, which is the most widely used source of lighting in the world today. The fluorescent lamp reportedly got its name from Flores. Written articles about Flores said he was born in Bantayan Island in Cebu. The fluorescent lamp, however, was not invented in a particular year. It was the product of 79 years of the development of the lighting method that began with the invention of the electric light bulb by Thomas Edison.

Among the other inventors who claimed credit for developing the fluorescent lamp were French physicist A. E. Becquerel (1867), Nikola Tesla, Albert Hall (1927), Mark Winsor and Edmund Germer. French inventor Andre Claude was recognized for developing the fluorescent tubular lighting systems. Yet, he was not officially recognized as the inventor of fluorescent lamp. It was reported that the General Electric and Westinghouse obtained Claude’s patent rights and developed the fluorescent lamp that we know today.

According to Filipino scientists, fluorescent lamp was not named after Flores. The term fluorescence first cropped up as early as 1852 when English mathematician-physicist George Gabriel Stokes discovered a luminous material called “fluorspar”, which he coined with “escence”. The National Academy of Science and Technology also dismissed Flores being the inventor of fluorescent lamp as a myth. “No scientific report, no valid statement, no rigorous documents can be used to credit Flores for the discovery of the fluorescent lamp. We have tried to correct this misconception, but the media (for one) and our textbooks (for another) keep using the Flores example,” a Filipino scientist wrote in her column at the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

The fluorescent lamps were introduced into the U.S. market in 1938. Still, Filipinos recognize Agapito Flores as the inventor of the product that illuminated the world.