Thursday, October 20, 2005

Favorite innovative products and services

Business Times p.B3
Thursday, October 20, 2005

By Moje Ramos-Aquino, FPM
Favorite innovative products and services

SPEAKING of innovation, do you realize that the most creative and innovative ideas are right there in front of you. I ran a poll among my Rotarian friends at District 3780 on what products and services they consider innovative and personally useful. The common responses were cell phone, Internet, e-mail, laptop and credit card. The other unique choices are:

• DG Benjie Bacorro, Rotary Club of Neopolitan Fairview: black coffee with doughnut
• PDG Bobby Viray, Cubao West: on-line banking
• Avelina Ang, SF Heights: eyeglass necklace/holder
• Chary Misa, Loyola Heights: Estee Lauder beauty and skin-care products
• PDS Badong Viari, Metro Diliman: gel
• Med Quiambao, New Manila: Oster bread machine
• Lyndon Wong, Diliman: MP3 and wireless Internet
• Bert Tato, Diliman: laser-mapping technology

Francis Picabia: A new gadget that lasts five minutes is worth more than an immortal work that bores everyone.

• Bobby Lopez, Metro Cubao: lipgloss
• DS Mon Dacanay, Metro Santa Mesa: adult diapers
• Umbert Virtucio, Cubao East: mini groceries in gasoline station
• BH Herrera-Dy, South Triangle: PDA, computer school on wheels
• CP Fe Pecision, Camp Aguinaldo: Oil of Olay and Dove soap
• Suzette Lee, Eastwood Quezon City: pantyshield
• Berna Ronduen, Prima Vida, Cubao: personal and intimate-hygiene products
• Eston Escarro, Cubao Kamias: antibreaking system for cars
• Tony Padua, Santa Mesa Heights: Cialis, Viagra, breast augmentation

Aldous Huxley: The vast majority of human beings dislikes and dreads all notions with which they are not familiar. Hence, it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have always been derided as fools and madmen.

• Raffy Lazo, Subcity Mabuhay: heavy water deuterium power
• Jun Raymundo, University District: one-stop shops
• Nilo Diongson, Capitol Hills: Internet satellite phone that doesn’t need cell sites to function (soon to be launched)
• Boy Escueta, New Manila Heights: fountain-of-youth products
• Arnold Guerrero, San Francisco del Monte: food supplement to maintain youth
• Dulce Coyukiat, Kagitingan, Cubao: feminine wash, t-back and ramp for the handicapped
• Jess Tanchangco, Loyola Heights: condom, digital camera
• Ramond Catabuhan, Loyola Heights: Pagemaker 7

Theodore Levitt: Just as energy is the basis of life itself, and ideas the source of innovation, so is innovation the vital spark of all human change, improvement and progress.

• Raymundo Sacayan, Jr, Batasan Hills: electronic fuel injection, test-tube baby, tubeless tire
• Popoy Flores, Quezon City: microwave oven, expressway e-pass
• Elvie Obana, Cubao, EDSA: fortified rice, iodized salt
• Sue Valencia, Tomas Morato: dancing shoes
• Linda Elequin, Uptown Novaliches: karaoke and hormone-replacement therapy
• Bambi Verdote, Uptown Novaliches: tampoon
• Fe Enriquez, Quezon City Circle: plastic transparent bra strap
• Dan Dizon, Centennial, Quezon City: hair extension, teeth brace and retainer

I personally vote for Whisper with wings and the hassle-free process of applying for birth certificate through telephone or Internet. While the votes of my friends at the First Philippine Holdings Corp. went to:

• Amy Agaton: Dove soap
• Betty Azarcon: shampoo in sachet
• Rene Mayol: detergent for deep-well water
• Ailene Mayol: roll-on deodorant
• Bon Asis: knapsack, backpack, Bic ballpen cover and paper clip and their thousand uses
• Bunny Pena-Gerochi: card-shaped Swiss knife, flash drive
• Erika Fiona Sibal: flash disk (1gig) and VoIP

And according to my favorite taxi driver: sabong pampaputi!

What about you? Send us your own choices for the most innovative and personally useful products or services you want to be invented, created or improved in the future to satisfy your needs.

(Moje is president of Paradigms & Paradoxes Corp. and the Rotary Club of Quezon City North. Her e-mail address is

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