Check Out: Banana ketchup inventor Maria Orosa on Google Doodle


Google Doodle has paid tribute to yet again an eminent Filipino—María Ylagan Orosa, on her 126th birth anniversary.

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Orosa is a Filipina food scientist, war hero, and humanitarian mostly known for her iconic invention, the banana ketchup. Included in the Google feature are the origins and life achievements of Orosa—from becoming an outstanding student to attending the University of Seattle. She completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in pharmaceutical chemistry, as well as an additional degree in food chemistry; all while living in a YMCA and working odd jobs.

Coming back home to the Philippines, Orosa dedicated his career in finding solutions to address the increasing malnutrition problem in the country.

Her extensive knowledge of chemistry led her to create numerous of culinary inventions such as the Palayok Oven.

Although adobo and lumpia are synonymous with Filipino cuisine, Orosa’s banana ketchup is not far behind. Using mashed bananas as a base instead of tomatoes, she made the sauce a long-lasting hit. Two other inventions made her a war hero: Soyalac (a nutrient rich drink derived from soya beans) and Darak (rice cookies packed with vitamin B-1, which could also prevent beriberi disease) saved countless lives during World War II.

Orosa founded the Home Extension Service in the Philippines in 1922. She also formed a guerilla during the Japanese occupation who died in the line of duty.

On February 13, 1945, aged 51, Orosa died after a shrapnel shard pierced her heart during an American bombing raid.

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