Some time in October 2012, Elpidio J. Garcia Jr., also known as Elpi by his friends and colleagues, have read a comment from one of the articles published in an online news portal in the Philippines. The article is about the increasing number of HIV infected Filipinos in the country. The commenter suggested to use colloidal silver in treating the disease and encouraged everyone to search it on Google. He did what he was told and was amazed of what he learned about colloidal silver and before he knew it, his passion about colloidal silver has consumed him.
During that time, he was on his third year in the undergraduate program of Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering in STI College – Global City. He was thinking of ways on how to turn this idea into a thesis project, which is a requirement to obtain a diploma in the said program.
The main objective of the the thesis project is to demonstrate the skills learned in the institution and to incorporate the principles and techniques in computer engineering. The best way to do this is to utilize a microcontroller in the thesis project.
He was so excited about this and had initially formed a thesis group. He invited his close friends to be part of the team and discussed a little about the project. His reason of forming the group a year earlier was to avoid rushing things making sure that everything is in order. Another reason is to be able to secure the team members for the said project. He learned that his upper class was not allowed to choose their own team mates.
The plan did not push through. Due to differences, the team got separated. He did not build a new team as he was thinking that it might end up in getting the team members assign to another group. His passion about colloidal silver did not diminish. He continue his research about it and learn things about the details with colloidal silver generator and the process behind it.
In November 2013, the semester where Methods of Research (Thesis 1 – Thesis Title Proposal) course was offered and he enrolled in it. Eventually they were allowed to form their own team. He posted in his Facebook page of his needs for team members for the thesis project. Few days after, Jamie Marie T. Tuazon, his classmate in Methods of Research asked him if she can join the team. Only after few days he replied to her request. Jamie invited Kevin Kenneth L. Tan to join the team and Elpi invited Jhimboy I. Toñacao.
The proponents have proposed at least four thesis tiles but insisted for the ViBacBuster™. It is a device that will produce ViBacSil™, which is commonly known as colloidal silver. The terms ViBacBuster™ and ViBacSil™ were coined by Elpi himself.
Initially, the proposed project was just very simple– a device that will only utilize logic gates integrated circuits to automate the switching of the polarities of the probes and potentiometer to control the speed of the magnetic stirrer. Their former adviser, Engr. Lilibeth G. Calpito, had suggested to allow user to input settings or configuration. The proponents have come-up with a switch to select preset concentration.
With pre-thesis title defense, Engr. Sheryl G. Velasquez and Engr. Sherwin M. Ostria have suggested additional features like using a numeric keypad to enter user desired concentration, automatic transfer of liquid contents from one container to another, and monitoring the usage of silver rods, among others.
Mr. Emerson C. Flores, the lead panelist for the thesis title defense has suggested to improve the duration of the “brewing” process without compromising the quality of the ViBacSil™. Engr. Richard R. Basilio, one of the panelists, has suggested to improve the general / specific problems and objectives. However, the documentation was mostly corrected by Engr. Velasquez. Engr. Roen P. Malubay was their thesis adviser that time and has made great contribution to the thesis study in general. When she transferred to a different line of work, the proponents have decided to include her as one of their resource persons for the study.
The thesis title proposal was accepted by the board of panelists in March, 2014. The design, development, and construction of the prototype began on May, 2014. It was presented to the panelist on October 11, 2014 with 80% completion. The panelists did not ask for more features to be added on the prototype; instead they have requested for laboratory test to determine the safeness of the ViBacSil™.