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Maria Orosa

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Maria Orosa

November 29, 1893

Taal, Batangas, Philippines


February 13, 1945 (aged 51)

Malate, Manila, Philippines


University of the Philippines,University of Seattle

Maria Orosa (Historical Park and Laurel Park, Batangas Provincial Capitol Complex).

Maria Orosa e Ylagan (18931945) was a Filipino food technologist, pharmaceutical chemist,
humanitarian and war heroine.[1] She experimented with foods native to the Philippines and
formulated food products like calamansi nip, a desiccated and powdered form of calamansi that
could be used to make calamansi juice, banana ketchup, and a powdered preparation of soybeans
called Soyalac, a "magic food" preparation which helped save the lives of thousands of Filipinos,
Americans, and other nationals who were held prisoner in different Japanese concentration camps
during World War II.
With her knowledge of local food properties, Orosa also made contributions in the culinary realm and
taught proper preservation methods for native dishes such
as adobo, dinuguan, kilawin and escabeche.

1 Facts

2 Tribute

3 Works by Maria Y. Orosa

4 References

5 Further reading

Born on November 29, 1893 in Taal, Batangas and died on February 13, 1945, Maria Orosa was the
fourth child among eight of Simplicio Orosa y Agoncillo and Juliana Ylagan. She was also the sister
of pioneer doctor Sixto Y. Orosa and aunt to famous Filipino banker Sixto L. Orosa jr, Philippine
National Artist in Dance, Leonor Orosa Goquingco, successful businessman Jose R. L. Orosa and
celebrated cultural journalist Rosalinda L. Orosa.

In commemoration, a street in Ermita, Manila (where the Philippine Court of Appeals is located), as
well as a building in the Bureau of Plants and Industry has been named after her. As part of
celebrations marking the 65th anniversary of the Institute of Science and Technology, she was one of
the 19 scientists conferred an award. On November 29, 1983, the National Historical
Institute installed a marker in her honor at the Bureau of Plant Industry in San Andres, Manila. The
intersection of Maria Y. Orosa Street and Juan Nakpil Street in Malate has become the busy
epicenter of the GLBT life in Metro-Manila. In commemoration of her centennial anniversary, a
postage stamp was issued by the Philippine Postal Corporation.

Works by Maria Y. Orosa[edit]

The history and chemistry of neoarsphenamine (1921)

Preservation of Philippine foods (1926)

Rice bran: a health food and how to cook it (1932)

Roselle recipes (1931)

Soy beans as a component of a balanced diet and how to prepare them (1932)
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Retrieved October 11, 2010

Further reading[edit]

Davidson, Alan. (2003). Seafood of South-East Asia: A Comprehensive Guide with

Recipes (2nd ed.). Ten Speed Press. pp. 279295. ISBN 1-58008-452-4.

Orosa, Maria Y. and Helen Orosa del Rosario. (1970). Maria Y. Orosa, Her Life and
Work (Helen Orosa del Rosario, Ed.). [Quezon City:] R. P. Garcia Pub. Co.

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