Maria Orosa Freedom Fighter: Scientist and Inventor from the Philippines by Norma Olizon-Chikiamco

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      This delightful children's book follows the life of Maria Orosa--a pioneering woman scientist who studied food science in the United States then returned to a war-torn Philippines and created super-nutritious foods to help her nation in a time of crisis.

      A champion of native products from her homeland, Orosa is celebrated for her daring war exploits as well as her scientific inventions. Today she is honored and remembered for:

      - Sneaking food into World War II internment camps concealed in hollow tubes of bamboo

      - Working as an undercover agent in the underground forces fighting the Japanese occupation

      - Developing new ways to preserve seasonal products in a time of grave food shortages, including making vinegar from pineapples, flour from cassava and ketchup from bananas-- all now staples on Filipino tables

      - Transforming vitamin-rich rice bran, previously a waste product, into tasty disease-preventing desserts

      - Organizing rural-improvement clubs, inventing the palayok or clay oven and developing delicious recipes for coconuts, soybeans and a range of native plants, vegetables and herbs


      This book celebrates the life and achievements of a daring daughter of the Philippines, war heroine, culinary scientist and bold freedom fighter who helped to feed the nation!

      Ages: 9-14 

      Pages: 32

      Written by Norma Olizon-Chikiamco, Illustrated by Mark Salvatus

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