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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Prescillano Zamora

Prescillano Zamora is best known for his research in plant anatomy-morphology and pteridophyte biology, including the taxonomy of Philippine ferns and the discovery of more fern species.

He has been a supporter of the conservation of the environment in the Phillipines and a supporter of natural resources policy research.


* B.S. Agriculture from University of the Philippines, 1960
* M.S. Agronomy from University of the Philippines, 1964
* Ph.D. Holiculture from Rutgers, 1966


* Rockefeller Foundation fellow at Cornell University (1961-65)
* NSF Research grantee (1962-65)
* UP Professorial Chair holder (1977-80)

Two-Phase Wall Deposition Concept:

Prescillano Zamora's research on the xylem elements of vascular plants led to the formulation of the two-phase wall deposition concept.

Eduardo San Juan

Eduardo San Juan - Filipino Inventor:

Mechanical engineer, Eduardo San Juan (aka The Space Junkman) worked on the team that invented the Lunar Rover or Moon Buggy. Eduardo San Juan is considered the primary designer of the Lunar Rover. San Juan was also the designer for the Articulated Wheel System. Prior, to the Apollo Program, Eduardo San Juan worked on the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM).

Moon Buggy:

In 1971, the Moon Buggy was first used by during the Apollo 12 landing to explore the Moon.

Eduardo San Juan - Education & Awards:

Eduardo San Juan graduated from Mapua Institute of Technology. He then studied Nuclear Engineering at the University of Washington. In 1978, San Juan received one of the Ten Outstanding Men (TOM) awards in science and technology.

Eduardo San Juan - On a Personal Note:

Elisabeth San Juan, the proud daughter of Eduardo San Juan, had the following to say about her father.

When my Father submitted the conceptual design for the Lunar Rover he submitted it via Brown Engineering, a company owned by Lady Bird Johnson.

During the final test demonstration to select one design from various submissions, his was the only one that worked. Thus, his design won the NASA Contract.

His overall concept and design of the Articulated Wheel System was considered brilliant. Each wheel appendage was mounted not underneath the vehicle, but were placed outside the body of the vehicle and each was motorized. Wheels could work independently of the others. It was designed to negotiate crater ingress and egress. The other vehicles did not make it into or out of the test crater.

Our Father, Eduardo San Juan, was a very positively charged creative who enjoyed a healthy sense of humor.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Simeon Ola

Simeon Ola (b. September 2, 1865 - d. February 14, 1952) a native of Guinobatan, Albay was a Katipunero who launched guerrilla raids on American-occupied towns in Albay until his capture on September 5, 1903. He joined the Katipunan in 1896 and was known as one Bicol's revolutionary leaders.


He joined the the local branch of the Katipunan in his hometown province of Albay and later became the leader. With the help of a parish priest he was able to acquire arms to support his men. Promoted to the rank of captain after the battle of Camalig in Albay, 1898 and again promoted to the rank of major after a daring ambush mission that led to the capture of three Americans. He was also the leader of the subsequent valiant attacks on Albay towns namely, Oas, Ligao and Jovellar. He later surrendered in condition that his men would be granted amnesty, he was put on trial and was proven guilty of sedition and was sentenced to thirty years inprisonment. In 1904, he was given a pardon and returned to his place of birth and became the municipal president. The regional police command in Legaspi City was name after Him.