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THE TASTE OF UMAMI WAS DISCOVERED BY DR. KIKUNAE IKEDA

July 25, 1908

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Sometimes, the taste of a dish is incomplete when it is not mixed with monosodium glutamate, especially Ajinomoto seasoning. Ajinomoto seasoning has become a part of Filipino cuisine and has given a new taste to many Filipino dishes.

And on this day in 1908, the Japanese biochemist Dr. Kikunae Ikeda of Tokyo Imperial University has a secret ingredient that will impart a delicious taste to food in the juice of seaweed kombu (Laminaria japonica). Crystallized by Dr. Ikeda made the juice, and he discovered the taste of dashi, or broth of boiled kombu and katsuobushi, which he later called "umami". He studied that the properties possessed in the juice of kombu and katsuobushi which give umami are as follows; calcium, potassium, ammonium, and magnesium glutamate, and sodium glutamate were found to be more digestible and more palatable. Dr. called. Ikeda called this new crystallized spice “monosodium glutamate” and was patented the same year, and named this product Ajinomoto, which means the essence of taste.

It was 1910 when it started appearing in Japanese markets, and like many inventions, Ajinomoto manufacturers even looked for alternative sources of monosodium glutamate, in the juice of salted soybeans in 1930, and by 1960 salted soybeans were used. sugarcane juice or sugarcane using the pasteurization process.

In 1950, Japan began importing Ajinomoto seasoning products to the Philippines, and in 1962 the first Ajinomoto factory opened in Pasay city.

Ajinomoto Company, Inc. currently has its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. which is behind this historic innovation in improving the taste of food, and has already built 135 branches in 36 countries around the world, including the Philippines.


BENITO MUSSOLINI OF ITALY IS OVERTHROWN FROM POWER

July 25, 1943

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After two decades of the reign of Italy's "Il Duce" Benito Mussolini, he was finally ousted as Prime Minister on this day in 1943. This happened as many Italians were losing confidence in the face of succession. that defeat in the war they never wanted, and in the impending invasion of Allies forces into Italy, into Rome. His own Grand Council removed him from office as Prime Minister, saying Mussolini’s dictatorship had led to the gradual collapse of the Italian government, and agreed to transfer some power of the Grand Council to Italian King Victor. Emmanuel II.

Mussolini was already ill, so he did not have the strength to oppose the council's decision. The king himself spoke to him to say that Italy had lost the war and that Pietro Badoglio would succeed him as Prime Minister. Mussolini’s formerly arrogant, haughty, and arrogant voice, which persuaded many Italians to follow in his footsteps, humbly surrendered to the king’s will. After that, the police arrested Mussolini, and he was later taken to the island of Ponza, Italy.

Many Italians celebrated the demise of their hated dictator, hoping that Italy would survive the devastation of the war. His fascist supporters were unable to save him.

Just two months later, Italy surrendered to the Allies in September 1943.


PERLA SANTOS-OCAMPO WAS BORN

July 25, 1931

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Today is the 90th anniversary of the birth of a pediatrician and one of the National Scientists of our country Perla Santos-Ocampo. A native of Dagupan, Pangasinan, Perla Santos was born in 1931. She graduated from the University of the Philippines Manila in 1955, and also took a post-graduate pediatric course at UP-Philippine General Hospital and a fellowship at Case Western Reserve. The University of Cleveland, Ohio in the United States.

In response to the Department of Health’s campaign against diarrhea in children, Dr. Perla Santos-Ocampo of research on the relationship of malnutrition to child growth and development, which has been instrumental in our country's fight against the spread of malnutrition in children.

UP Manila served as Chancellor, Dra. Santos-Ocampo, where he developed and improved health-related degree programs at the university to improve the quality of health education offered at the said university. Dra. Santos-Ocampo in the establishment of the following: National Institutes of Health, National Graduate School of the Health Sciences, and National Telehealth Center.

A year before Dra. Santos-Ocampo on June 29, 2012, at the age of 80 he was awarded the Order of National Scientist award for his outstanding contribution to the field of pediatrics.


DOLPHY WAS BORN

July 25, 1928

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Today marks the 93rd anniversary of the birth of “King of Philippine Comedy” Rodolfo Vera Quizon or better known to us as Dolphy.

Dolphy was born on July 25, 1928, in Tondo, Manila to Melencio Quizon, a mechanic, and Salud Vera, a seamstress. Dolphy experienced selling peanuts and watermelon outside a theater when he was young. He also got into being a porter and shoeshine boy despite the hardships caused by World War II during those times, before he went on to perform in the theater.

Dolphy was first seen in the movie "Sa Isang Sulyap Mo" under the production of Sampaguita Pictures, starring Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran where he played Magalona's sidekick. He first made two films before he got his big break with the movie “Jack en Jill” which hit the box office across the country. He was given an eight-year exclusive contract that expired in the early 1960s.

He has made more comedy films with veteran comedians Pugo, Tugo, Babalu, Panchito, Ike Lozada, and German Moreno. In 1966, he became part of the comedy duo Dolphy and Panchito, which opened for a Beatles performance at the Rizal Stadium in Manila.

In 1967, he founded his film production firm RVQ Productions which produced 40 films most of which he starred in.

His character John Puruntong was also recognized in the sitcom “John en Marsha” which he starred in alongside actress Nida Blanca. It lasted 17 years. After that, Dolphy returned to television in the sitcom “Home Along da Riles” where he played Kevin Kosme.

In 2001, Dolphy and her sons Eric and Jeffrey Quizon won the Prix de la Meilleure Interpretation (equivalent to the Best Actor Award) in Brussels, Belgium for her performance as Walterina Markova in the film “Markova: Comfort Gay”.

His colorful life ended on July 12, 2012. He passed away at Makati Medical Center after five years of battling the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.


SANTIAGO ALVAREZ WAS BORN

July 25, 1872

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Santiago Alvarez was born on July 25, 1872 in Imus, Cavite. He was known as the “Lightning of Fire” because of his fiery courage and dedication as a commander in the battle of Dalahican, Cavite and was dubbed the “Hero of the Battle of Dalahican”.

After the revolution, he entered the University of Santo Tomas and later moved to the Colegio de San Juan de Letran where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. He also studied law at the Liceo de Manila.

After the establishment of the American civil government in the Philippines, he assisted Pascual H. Poblete, Lope K. Santos, and many others in the establishment of the Nacionalista Party for which he was appointed president of its first directorate.

In 1902, he headed the Junta Magna de la Comisión de la Paz (Great Council of the Peace Commission). This commission was created to further expedite the rehabilitation of the injuries caused by World War II in the country.

Alvarez died in San Pablo, Laguna at the age of 58 on October 30, 1930. His remains lie in the San Pablo municipal cemetery.


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