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    16 Things The Rest Of The World Should Thank The Philippines For

    You're welcome.

    1. Ube, or purple yam, THE dessert everybody goes crazy for nowadays.

    2. Adobo—the easiest and tastiest way to cook meat.

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    3. Lumpiang Shanghai AKA the most addicting little shits ever.

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    4. And banana ketchup to go with it.

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    Maria Ulagan Orosa, a Filipino food technologist, pioneered the production of banana ketchup during the World War II when there was a huge shortage of tomatoes.

    5. Halo-halo, a mixture of all things good in this world.

    6. Lechon, which, according to Anthony Bourdain, is the "best pork ever." No big deal.

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    7. And Jollibee, which, according to myself, is the best chicken ever.

    8. The first 16-BIT microprocessor-based calculator was designed by Dado Banatao who hails from Cagayan, Philippines.

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    9. Pedro Flores, a businessman born in Ilocos Norte, Philippines, made and popularized the modern yo-yo.

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    10. The antibiotic erythromycin was discovered by Filipino scientist Abelardo Aguilar while he was working as a researcher for Eli Lilly and Company.

    The first brand of erythromycin was called Ilosone after Iloilo, a Filipino province where it was originally collected.

    11. Fe del Mundo, the first Asian woman admitted to Harvard, was a pediatrician who conducted studies that led to the invention of the medical incubator.

    12. Filipino entrepreneur Roberto del Rosario holds the patent for the sing along system used for karaoke machines.

    13. The conceptual design of the Lunar Roving Vehicle, popularly known as the moon buggy, was by a Mapua Institute of Technology graduate Eduardo San Juan.

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    14. Filipino physicist and engineer Gregorio Zara invented the first two-way video phone.

    It wasn't, contrary to popular demand, invented by Beyoncé.

    15. Piolo Pascual, a Filipino actor, invented being a dashing son of a bitch.

    16. And finally, Filipino actor and national DILF Ian Veneracion blessed the rest of the world his existence.

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    And we'll forever be grateful. 🙏 🙏 🙏