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Freedom fighter Maria Y. Orosa and her life-saving ‘darak’ cookies

She was an icon long before the term became a descriptive noun. Born in Taal, Batangas, on Nov. 29, 1893, Maria Ylagan Orosa was a chemist, pharmacist, food scientist, humanitarian, and above all, a freedom fighter and a war heroine. Her life, in fact, was like one big adventure. The fourth child of Simplicio Agoncillo Orosa and Juliana Ylagan Orosa, she helped her mother run their general store in Batangas after her father passed away. After finishing high school, she went to the United States as a sto

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