Inventor Francisco ‘Popoy’ Pagayon named two of his newly designed electronic firecrackers after President Rodrigo Duterte and incoming US President Donald Trump.
Pagayon says while his electronic cannon-type firecrackers make boisterous and loud sounds, they are so safe they can be lit up inside the living room.
“I named them differently. The small cannon-type model is called Boy, the big one is Digong and the group of four is TrumPet,” says Pagayon.
The Boy e-firecracker was named after Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato ‘Boy’ dela Pena, who is an active supporter of Filipino inventors, he says.
“They are all safe to use inside houses for the New Year’s Eve celebration. With cannon-type electric firecrackers, celebrants will avoid triggering fires and injuries while producing the same explosive, startling sounds,” he says.
Pagayon, the president and chief executive of Filipino Inventors Society Producers Cooperative, says the innovative product is ideal during the New Year’s Eve celebration, as President Rodrigo Duterte discourages the use of traditional pyrotechnics which result in people losing their limbs.
A ban on pyrotechnics has been enforced in Davao City since 2002.
Pagayon says e-firecrackers also do not emit toxic smoke and harmful chemicals into the atmosphere.
The cannon-type e-firecrackers provide the same thrill to celebrants, because the users need to light up the trigger before they can produce successive explosive sounds, he says.
He explains that e-firecrackers produce rapid explosive sounds, without causing an actual explosion. This is because e-firecrackers consist of electronics that load electricity to produce strong sounds, similar to the explosions caused by piccolo firecrackers.
The cannon-type e-firecrackers are produced by Oral Educational Distributor and showcased at FISPC Showroom and Business Center at Delta Building along Quezon Ave. corner West Ave. in Quezon City.
“Let’s welcome the New Year without injuries and damages on properties. The cannon-type electric firecrackers also do not cause air pollution and waste. It is a Filipino innovation for the world celebration of New Year’s Eve,” says Pagayon.