AS IT STANDS | Roman Floresca
Ours is a nation of inventors. It started right after World War II when the Americans left for the United States and left many of their equipment and supplies at the hands of Filipinos. The ubiquitous jeepney was invented and soon it became a symbol for Filipino ingenuity. Then there came the Karaoke, which to this day turns out to be one of the most entertaining pieces of equipment.
Recently we had another Filipino invention getting the limelight again in an international competition held in Germany.
Liter of Light’s program the Light it Forward has won Germany’s Startup Energy Transition (SET) Award 2020 Special Prize for Quality Access. The Liter of Light’s project seeks to address energy problems in the country and around the world. Liter of Light’s Light it Forward campaign challenges artists, the media, businesses and service groups to build solar lamps while at home.
The group true to its word has traveled down south to bring its product to some 60 families from the Subanon and Bangigi tribes in Zamboanga City. These two tribes have lost much in 2013.
The incident in 2013 devastated most of the areas as the incident resulted in the community’s destruction and loss of livelihood. The tribe’s main source of income is fishing and seaweed farming. Lighting is therefore a necessity, especially for their kids who are still in school. These bulbs can light up to 50 square meters for 14 hours up to a period of five years. By that time who knows what will happen. Of course five years is not a long time but having to live your life in darkness is different than living in some kind of light. The children must have something to say. It is to their children that people live and when then children turn out better lives the parents are proud of it.