Thursday, July 17, 2014

Baby Ama

Marcial Perez Ama

He's given the nickname "Baby Ama" because he is the youngest most notorious leader of one of the rival gangs inside the prison in his time. His gang was "SIGE SIGE" and his mortal enemy who was PRIMITIVO "Ebok" ALA of "OXO" gang. 

In 1958, Baby Ama led the largest riot in the history of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa, Philippines, with the death of nine inmates (one was beheaded). Baby Ama was sentenced to death by electrocution. Baby Ama was electrocuted in 1961 at the age of 16, making him the youngest in the Philippines to die by electrocution.

Kamikaze Pilot Statue in the Philippines?

Considered to be the first Kamikare Pilot (the official world's first living bomb), Lt. Yukio Seki has a statue here in the Philippines. It is located in Mabalacat, Pampanga. Daniel Dizon, a local historian and artist, is responsible for the erection of the kamikaze statue. 

It was said that the Kamikaze were trained on Mabalacat, Pampanga. Vice Admiral Takijiro Ohnishi formed the first special attack unit using Zero fighters carrying a 250-kg bomb. He named it the Shinpu (often read as Kamikaze) Special Attack Corps, which consisted of 24 pilots divided into four squadrons.

On October 25, 1944, the Shikishima Squadron led by Lieutenant Yukio Seki took off from Mabalacat Airfield and successfully carried out Japan's first official aerial suicide attack, which sank the escort carrier St. Lo (CVE-63) and damaged several other American warships. 

Picture from Kamikaze Image

Monday, July 07, 2014

Marangál na Dalit ng̃ Katagalugan

Mabuhay, Mabuhay yaong Kalayaan, Kalayaan
At pasulungin ang puri't kabanalan
Kastila'y mailing ng Katagalugan
At ngayo's ipagwagi ang kahusayan

Mabuhay, Mabuhay yaong Kalayaan, Kalayaan
At pasulungin ang puri't kabanalan
Kastila'y mailing ng Katagalugan
At ngayo's ipagwagi ang kahusayan

The Marangál na Dalit ng̃ Katagalugan (English title: Noble Hymn of the Tagalogs) was the historic national anthem of the Tagalog Republic and is considered the first national anthem of the Philippines. It was later titled Salve Patria (Save the Fatherland). Julio Nakpil composed the anthem in 1895 during the Philippine Revolution.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Wonder why you call it BBB?

Have you seen a jeepney going to BBB and wondered what BBB stands for?

BALINTAWAK BEER BREWERY: Established as the San Miguel Brewery in 1890, the Balintawak Beer Brewery was renamed by the Japanese following their occupation of Manila. On February 4, 1945 the Balintawak Beer Brewery was liberated from the Japanese.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Busting Pinoy Pride: Flores Didn't Invent the Fluorescent lamp.

Agapito Flores has been acclaimed by some Filipinos as the inventor of the first fluorescent lamp. However, the dates are all wrong for this being possible. The following points have been taken from "The History of Fluorescent Lights"

It has been reported that Agapito Flores received a French patent for a fluorescent bulb and that the General Electric Company bought Flores' patent rights and manufactured and sold his fluorescent bulb (making millions from it). However, all the inventors named above and more predate Agapito Flores' possible work on any fluorescent bulb.

According to Dr. Benito Vergara of the Philippine Science Heritage Center, "As far as I could learn, a certain Flores presented the idea of fluorescent light to Manuel Quezon when he became president. At that time, General Electric Co. had already presented the fluorescent light to the public."

The development started with experiments in the 1840s by British scientists, George C. Stokes, Michael Faraday and James Clerk Maxwell. A German glass blower, Heinrich Geissler, continued with the experiments and in 1856 produced a vacuum tube that would produce a green glow when a current was passed through it. The tube had little practical value because the green light didn't provide useful illumination. However, Julius Plucker and Alexandre Bequerel experimented with the tube. Bequerel discovered that certain minerals glowed when they were in an operating tube and added coatings to the inside of the tube that would glow. 

Busting a Pinoy Pride: Did a Filipino Invent the Lunar Rover?

1. There was indeed an Eduardo San Juan who worked for Boeing at the time when the LRV was being developed. He wasn't a senior developer, just one of the technicians.

2. The inventor of the LRV are the following men: Dr. M.G. Bekker, Bruce Velasco, Frank Pavlics, Sam Romano. Thus, San Juan had NO HAND in its design concepts and development. He probably worked on it like other engineers at Boeing, and that's the extent of his contributions.

Note: There was indeed an Engineer named Eduardo San Juan, but he worked on a project called MoLab (Mobile Laboratory) Rover, a subproject in the Apollo programme that aimed to land a large pressurized mobile laboratory on the moon. San Juan did a study and even made a few sketches of his large rover design, but it is important to note that he did all this TWO YEARS after Grumman already got the contract to build the smaller LRV, which was the final rover design that got onboard Apollo 15, 16 and 17.


Note: Now this is a good article that will "put the nail in the lid" of this urban legend. READ HERE.