Agapito Flores a Filipino inventor who has been acclaimed by some as being the inventor of the first fluorescent lamp. He was born on September 28, 1897 in Guiguinto,Bulacan. It has been reported that Agapito Flores received a French patent for a fluorescent bulb and that the General Electric Company bought Flores’ patent rights and manufactured and sold his fluorescent bulb (making millions from it).
Although little fact can be found to support this claim many Filipino schoolbook publishers continue to publish this bogus claim into the the Philippine public school system. Many continue to believe this myth, as a fact just because it was taught back then in school.
Same can be said with other Filipino "inventors" for armalit M-16 5.56 cal rifle and the Apollo mission LRV or lunar roving vehicle.
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