By Marivir R. Montebon
Elmhurst, NY — Every Tuesday night, when the hood here in Queens takes out their recyclable trash for collection, 25-year-old Allison Nino Burgos pulls his cart and goes around the block to do his shopping. It is the best time for this young, creative, and scientific lad to pick up broken or unwanted gadgets for him to tinker on with his inventions.
Checking out on recyclable trash is quite exciting for him. And a habit too.
Inside his bedroom, which is also his work shop, Allison proudly shows off all his creation and collection which includes samurai swords. Most of these swords are crafted from 1095 carbon steel and hardwood.
He also has ten carefully selected electric guitars with outrageous designs, displayed on one side of his bedroom wall. Allison teaches guitar lessons to young children. Like a genius, he plays music by ear or oido.
The latest of his creation is called Allison’s blue bench, a prototype for bench, bed, storage, and cell phone chargers. These are all made of wood from the hood. The chargers have 1 ampere for regular charging and 2.1 amperes for fast charging.
He beams, “This blue bench has multi-function and is a space saver. It charges fast too, especially for guests.”
Allison is trying to work his way through college and right now does customized wood working and interior construction with his father Sherwell, an engineer by profession. The Burgoses come from Cebu and migrated to the US in 2008.
“Ever since he was a small child, Allison is so much of a little scientist who kept on creating stuff from scratch. He is still at it these days,” said Sherwell.
At the age of 5, Allison created his first electric fan made of card board blades and powered by the machine of his motorized toy car whose wheels were broken. “I did it out of curiosity. Then I realized I can create things. I became an inventor since then. My father introduced me to so many electronic devices too which was encouraging.”
Allison’s mom, Aileen, said her son is quite choosy as he is creative. “He doesn’t go out much as young people do. His friends are carefully chosen, those who do not drink nor are outgoing,” said Aileen.
Since they lived in the US, Allison’s bedroom has been full of his wonderful imaginings. He created his own bunk bed which is on top of a work station that looks like a pilot’s cockpit. At night, Allison could illuminate it with tiny white bulbs installed on the side ceilings which have a graduated degree of brightness, or he could run his kaleidoscope of lights like the star-studded skies that enhance his thoughts on what scientific project to do next.
Asked why he loves creating from scratch, he said, “I want to use my own dreams rather than buy from someone else’s invention.”