Maura De Leon was in grade six her aunt would tag along to Divisoria for her banana business.

“Maaga pa lang sumasama na ko sa tiyahin ko sa Divisoria.  Dun sya bumibili ng mga saging. Tapos sa ibabaw na ko ng mga saging natutulog. Sa sampung tumpok, sabihin nya ibenta mo walo, iyo na yung dalawa. Kaya siguro ako nahilig sa negosyo, kasi bata pa ko, namulat na ko sa negosyo.”

Inventors create new products for people to use and are held with high esteem because their work mademany people’s lives better.

Because of the value of their inventions, many inventors made more money than they could imagine. However, there are some inventors who were not lucky enough because of different reasons.One is how they manage their financial resources. Although they may be geniuses in their own field, some are “financial illiterates.”

BICUTAN, Taguig –Local inventions that uplift the plight of many of our countrymenhighlight the 73rdFIS Annual National Inventors Week from November 14-18, 2016 heldin partnership with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), DOST-Technology Application and Promotion Institute, Intellectual Property Office - Philippines and the Department of Trade and Industry at the DOST Compound, Bicutan, Taguig City.

“Real eco-tourism, like the Bohol model in Loboc River, can actually be good for Laguna Lake,” says Dr. Maria Victoria O. Espaldon, professor of the School of Environmental Science and Management and 2016 Outstanding Researcher of the University of the Philippines Los Baños.

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Fashion designer Vince Tolentino, (Seated, 3rd from right with eyeglasses), listens to women weavers who participated in a forum on revitalizingthe Philippine textile and garment industry through S&T interventions. Organized by the Philippine Textile Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology, the forum was held on October 25, 2016 at the Makati Palace Hotel. During the workshop, designers and weavers discussed fabric designs that can be marketed locally and abroad.  (Text & Photo by Rodolfo P. de Guzman/S&T Media Service)