Friday, April 20, 2018

159. The Place to Be: CINDY’S BAKESHOP & RESTAURANT, 1984

CINDY'S TV commercial spawned one of the most memorable jingles in 1984.

CINDY’s—the place to be—was founded in 1971 by a group of businessmen in Tarlac who simply envisioned a restaurant that served “good food in a good place”. Thus was born the first CINDY’s store in Tarlac in 1972, a bakeshop and restaurant place that served a standard fare of baked breads, and merienda favorites.

The successful reception to the store prompted  them to open more branches and to offer new menu items like burgers, French fries and express meals. But it was the bakeshop that gave CINDY’s a competitive edge.

WATCH 'CINDY'S "The Place To Be" TVC Here:

At its peak, CINDY’s was promoted through national advertising, a no mean feat for a homegrown business. Its campaign "The Place To be", spawned a memorable jingle that is still remembered until now.

To focus on its uniqueness,  CINDY’s re-conceptualized its product in 1996, by opening a store that was first a bakery, and secondarily a restaurant. This gave it an edge above the rising number of fast food joints. Today, now on its 46th year, CINDY’s has over 62 branches nationwide.


Cindy's 1980s, TVC:, uploaded by CindysBakeryRestaurant, uploaded Aug. 23 2012. 
Cindy's new logo:

Saturday, April 14, 2018

158. Miss No. 1: AMALIA FUENTES, Celebrity Endorser of the 1950s-60s-70s


Along with Susan Roces, Amalia Fuentes (b. 27 Aug. 1940) was one of the first true  superstars of the Philippine silver screen of the 60s decade. Naga-born Fuentes was the daughter of Alvaro Muhlach Sr., a Filipino of German-Spanish blood, and Concepcion Amador. Her father had died during the war, so when she came of age, Fuentes decided to find work to support the family.

MR. & MISS NO. 1: Juancho and Amalia
Adopting  her stepfather’s surname, she thus became Amalia Fuentes,and at  age 16, the teen beauty entered the search for Sampaguita Pictures’ talent search for Mr. & Miss Number One.

She topped the contest, along with male winner, Juancho Gutierrez, and their careers were launched via their debut film, “Movie Fan”.

It was an instant success and she went on to make more blockbuster hits with Juancho like “Sonata” (1957) and “Pakiusap” (1959). Eventually, she was paired with Romeo Vasquez (“Pretty Boy”, “Ako ang May Sala”), who would become her husband, and father of their daughter Liezl.

AMALIA FUENTES for Mantrade's Fairlane

But it was in the 1960s that her star shone the brightest, beginning with the “Ako ang May Sala” (1960), and the 1963 romantic comedy “Ang Senyorito at ang Atsay”. Her intense screen rivalry with Susan Roces further heightened her fame. They had appeared together in “Amy, Susie, Tessie” (1960). When Roces did the popular “Susanang Daldal”, Fuentes countered with “Amaliang Mali-Mali”, and the competition was on.


As a an actress of superstar status, Fuentes was squired by many companies to endorse their products. The largest Ford dealer in the country, manila Trading & Supply Co. or MANTRADE, signed her up in 1965 to appear in print ads for their latest car model—Fairlane 500.


She also became an endorser of REVE D’OR,  a premium line of cosmetics (Lotion, Face Powder, Perfume)  distributed by Oceanic Commercial Inc. in 1965.

Fuentes became the face of LUX Beauty Soap in 1969, a casting coup for the brand which had signed up Susan Roces earlier as one of their Lux ladies.  She did a TV commercial that showed her at her most beautiful.

She supported her daughter with Vasquez, Liezl Sumilang, when she,too, became a child star and a commercial model, most notably for SCOTT’S EMULSION in 1974.

The checkered career of Fuentes included not just acting, but she also forayed into movie producing, screenplay writing and directing. But no doubt, it was the pulling power of her beauty that she will be remembered for, earning admiration from three generations of fans who have dubbed her as the Philippine answer to Elizabeth Taylor.

Friday, April 6, 2018

157. BIRCH TREE MILK POWDER: Pre-Chernobyl Years (1969-1979)


BIRCH TREE MILK POWDER was a milk brand manufactured by Veghel-Holland Dairy, and distributed in the Philippines beginning in the late 1960s. It came in attractive cans showing a Holstein-Friesian cow grazing in an idyllic field dotted with—what else?—birch trees.

The powdered milk slowly build up its market as it began advertising in 1969, with rather generic ads, but showing foreign talents. The fact that it was imported from Europe was a plus, but what made it even more attractive was its affordable price, lower than rising leader  Nido. 

BIRCH TREE early Print Ad, 1969

By the late 70s, BIRCH TREE gained over other powdered milk brands and became a market leader. Its once-generic advertising became sharper as it strategically capitalized on its affordability. Hence, it was a  tasty, healthy milk that everyone can drink. This became the basis of its mid 1980s campaign--BIRCH TREE “It's Everybody’s Milk".

1985  TVC HERE:
Birch Tree TVC 1985 version 2: uploaded by alanchan80, 
Nov. 3, 2015, via Mr. Jojo Devera of JDTV/Magsine Tayo Channel.

BIRCH TREE TV ads, many produced on videotape, lorded over the airwaves in the 1980s, featuring foreign imagery from Europe, including windmills and talking Holstein-Friesian cows. The brand even utilized popular TV host and radio announcer Helen Vela, superimposed on moving pictures of Holland, “the milk capital of the world”.

1985 TVC HERE:
Birch Tree TVC featuring Helen Vela: uploaded by alanchan80,
 Nov. 1, 2015 via Mr. Jojo Devera of JDTV/Magsne Tayo Channel.

But then, in April 1986, the catastrophic Chernobyl incident happened, in which a fire set ablaze a nuclear power plant, resulting in a radioactive fallout that drifted  drifted over large parts of Soviet Union—including Europe.  The accident severely affected the dairy business of Europe—Holland included---as the grazing lands of cows were contaminated with radioactive particles.

Two months later, 39 containers of BIRCH TREE powdered milk and 4,000 cartons of Dutch Lady milk arrived in the Philippines. Though they shipment came with  armed safety certificates, tests conducted by the Philippine Atomic Energy Commission show the milk products to have high levels of radioactive substances—5 times the level of allowable contamination.

Thus, Health Minister Alfredo Bengzon ordered the recall of BIRCH TREE Milk Powder from the market. That would signal the downfall of the milk brand, and for some time, people shied away from BIRCH TREE. The campaign that touted the Dutch origin of the milk brand only added salt to injury.


As years passed, and as the Chernobyl incident was becoming a distant memory, efforts to revive the brand began with a TV commercial that reminded people that “you can’t put a good milk down”. BIRCH TREE loyalists continued to patronize the brand after the dust had cleared and the ban was lifted.

It took Century Pacific Food Inc. (CPFI), the Filipino food conglomerate founded in 1978 by Ricardo S. Po Sr., to revive the milk brand in 2001. It is currently manufactured by its business unit, the Snow Mountain Dairy Corporation, a business unit belonging to the Century Pacific Group of Companies, which, by 2008 became the 2nd largest liquid milk company in the country. It is hoped that BIRCH TREE will once again reclaim its place in the Philippine market as one of the leading players in the category, now that it is already manufactured locally.

Radioactive Dutch Milk Is Recalled - tribunedigital-chicagotribune,
Chernobyl: Poisoning the Third World,
Century Pacific Foods, Wikipedia:
Birch Tree TVC 1985 version 2:, uploaded by alanchan80, Nov. 3, 2015, via Mr. Jojo Devera of JDTV/Magsine Tayo Channel.
Birch Tree TVC featuring Helen Vela:, uploaded by alanchan80, Nov. 1, 2015 via Mr. Jojo Devera of JDTV/Magsne Tayo Channel.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

156. Happy Easter from PURICO, 1953

Procter and Gamble PMC’s leading cooking product, PURICO, was a highly advertised and promoted brand during its heyday. For its 1953 Holy Week offering, PURICO gave away 2 religious pictures of The Last Supper (14 x12 in.) and The Resurrection (9 x 12 in.). To get these, one had to mail a letter addressed to PURICO’s post office box, enclosed with a filled-out  magazine coupon,  2 PURICO boxtops with flaps, and 10 centavos. The pictures were mailed back by PURICO, for framing by the happy customer, to be reflected upon on Easter!

Friday, March 23, 2018

155. NEWTEX BELTLESS, “Pagka’t Dalaga Ka Na” Campaign, 1987

NEWTEX LAUNCH PRINT AD featuring Jennifer Sevilla, from Mr. & Ms. Magazine, Aug, 1987

Kimberly-Clark, founded in 1872, has been making personal healthcare products  that have become global consumer brands, distributed in over 150 countries. Kimberly-Clark Philippines Inc. began operations in 1964, and gave Filipinos such well-known products as Huggies, Scott Tissues, Kleenex and Kotex sanitary pads.

These products have performed creditably well in the local market, especially Kotex. But Kotex had a high-end, older image, so a new napkin was introduced to cater to the younger segment of the market, in the hope that they get to practice napkin usage early, and then graduate to Kotex as they grow older.

NEWTEX Beltless Feminine Napkins  were thus launched in the summer of 1987, priced lower than Kotex and made to answer the basic needs of the POME (point-of-market entry) target, who are starting or about to start their period. Thus, Kimberly-Clark’s NEWTEX was positioned as the napkin to use in an adolescenet’s lovely transition to womanhood in a campaign by Hemisphere-Leo Burnett.


“Pagka’t Dalaga Ka Na” succeeded in hitting this pre-teen market although the approach was not meant to shut out other potential users of the brand. The agency opted not to show much of the product but to visualize this new exciting phase of a young girl’s life, as captured by some of the copy used: “It’s that time of your life when everything’s new and exciting. You’re starting to wear shoes with heels. And a bra. And you’re not very conifident. Mabuti na lang may NEWTEX beltless. At least, during that time of the month, makakasiguro ka!”.
NEWTEX Poster, Source: Pinterest
Young, upcoming star Jennifer Sevilla was cast as the epitome of a girl on the verge of womanhood, and a TV commercial was produced with her as the star. Other young celebrities who appeared in Newtex ads include Janice de Belen and Lea Salonga.
NEWTEX, Janice de Belen version
The NEWTEX “Pagka’t Dalaga Ka Na” campaign would win a Bronze Award at the 1987 Philippine Advertising Congress Awards.

ADVERTISER: Kimberly-Clark Philippines Inc.
PRODUCT: Newtex Beltless
AD AGENCY: Hemisphere-Leo Burnett
ART DIRECTOR: Willy de Guzman
COPYWRTER: Tessa Razon

Newtex TVC "Jennifer Sevilla":, uploaded by The Third Shifters, publihsed Jul. 21,2016.
de la Torre, Visitacion. Advertising n the Philippines: Its Historical, Cultural and Social Dimensions, Tower Books, 1989. pp. 454-455.
Photo of Newtex poster Janice/Lea: pinterest

Friday, March 16, 2018

154. Is That Who I think She Is? CARMI MARTIN for FLAIR SHAMPOO, 1979

MY FLAIR LADY.16 yr. old Carmi Martin as an unknown ad model.
Carmita “Carmi” Martin, (b. 7 Aug. 1963) entered showbiz through the modeling route. Before she made a splash in a Dolphy movie,  Carmi was auditioning for modeling jobs, and one of her early ads was for FLAIR Shampoo, a product of Cromwell Commercial Co., which used to manufacture the highly popular  Glo-Co brand of cosmetic and personal products in the 1950s.

FLAIR Shampoo was available in 3 variants—Lanolin Glow for normal hair, Protein Rich for dry and damaged hair, and Lemon Fresh for oil hair. Carmi was just 16 when she appeared as the anonymous model for FLAIR Shampoo, which proved to be a short-lived brand.

For Carmi, however, her rise to stardom was just about to start. In fact, just a year after, she was cast in the blockbuster movie, “Dolphy’s Angels” , along with Liz Alindogan, Anna Marie Gutierrez and Yehlen Catral. More movies with the Comedy King followe after: “Stariray”, “The Quick Brown Fox”, “John En Marsha”, “Dancing Master”, “Dino Dinero”, and Dobol Trobol (her last movie with Dolphy, 2008).

Carmi also was to become the leading lady of action stars--Fernando Poe, Jr., Lito Lapid, to name a few. Her comedic talents showed when she was paired with Chiquito, Jimmy Santos, Redford White, and the popular triumvirate Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, and Joey de Leon

By the mid 1980s, Carmi was a top sexy star, starring in hit TV series like Chicks to Chicks (1984), That’s Entertainment (1987) and hosting her own show with Roderick Paulate, “Tonight with Dick and Carmi” (1988-91). She went on to make notable films such as “Cain At Abel”, “Bagong Hari”, “Bayan Ko: Kapit Sa Patalim”, “Hot Property” and her comedy hit “Working Girls”.

Of course, as a certified star, Carmi’s modeling services were now eagerly sought by more high-profile, and better-known brands. At the height of her career, she bagged a plum  endorsement deal sought-after by many commercial  celebrities—Carmi was chosen to be the WHITE CASTLE Whiskey Girl.


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

153. Creative Guild Print Ad of the Year 1988: LUX BEAUTY SOAP, “Starcare Skincare Originals”

Creative Guild Print Ad of the Year 1988:  LUX “Starcare Skincare Originals”

The 1988 Print Ad of the Year blrew competition away through sheer star power. The stunning ad, a full color magazine spread for LUX Beauty Soap, featuredthree of the year’s most recognizable faces in Philippine show business: Movie star Sharon Cuneta, singer Kuh Ledesma, and then up-and-coming starlet (and presidential daughter) Kris Aquino. “Starcare” was a creation of J. Walter Thompson, which has had LUX manufacturer. Multinational heavyweight Philippine Refining Vompany, as a worldwide client since the 1950’s.

“LUX has always been about celebrities,”says JWY Executive Creative Director Socky Pitargue,”and it has always been important to choose the right names and faces.” The last Filipina endorser Pitargeue recalls was screen actress Hilda Koronel, and the launch of three new variations for normal-to-dry, oily, or sensitive skin was the perfect excuse to go beauty-hunting. The idea was clear: three superstar faces using there classy variatons of one glorious product.

The original plan had been to shoot three separate print ads for each of the models, but Pitargue had a more ambitious idea.”Why not get them together? Why not come out with one big ad two or three times for maximum impact?” Pitargue even predicted the fans, especially young girls, would tear the ad out and use it as a poster—which research shows they did.

After PRC had closed deals with three celebrities, chosen for their individual styles as well as their beautiful complexions, Pitargue, creative irector Adele Estrada and executive art director Edwina Arroyo confronted another logistical hurdle: how to get the three stars together for a photo session. “That’s when we decided to get a fourth superstar to take the photograph,” Pitargue says. Millionaire businessman, philanthropist, and high profile hobby photographer Jaime Zobel de Ayala had never done any commercial photography before, and he welcomed the project.

The strategy worked. With a reputation bigger than those of his subjects, Don Jaime called the shots. “He asked the ladies to be at his studio at 7 pm. sharp,” Pitargue recalls,”or he would close the doors. The trio complied, and the shoot was over in less than three hours. Don Jaime’s professional fee, Pitargue reports, was subsequently donated to charity.

Bare arms and shoulders for the subjects were decided upon early, to do away with the problem of coordinating outfits. Neither did the agency ant anything to distract from the glowing complexions. The three LUX variations were photographed for the same poster and reinforced with copy in small text, but the yes remained rivettted on the unmistakable stars of the spread.


The print ad ran alongside three slick TV commercials, individually featuring Sharon, Kuh, and Kris. JWT git the media exposure they wanted, and LUX is still happily riding on the fame of cinema’s most stellar skins.

ADVERTISER: Philippine Refining Co.
PRODUCT: Lux Beauty Soap
AGENCY: J. Walter Thompson Co.
COPYWRITERS: Adele Estrada / Carol San Pedro
ART DIRECTOR: Bobby Canlas
PHOTOGRAPHERS: Jaime Zobel / Neil Oshima

PERFECT 10: A Decade of Creativity in Philippine Advertising. Ed. by Mr. Butch Uy. Published by the Executive Committee of the Creative Guild of the Philippines, 1995. “Superstar  spread,” p. 26
PHOTOS: Kris Aquino (, KuhLedesma (Inquirer Entertainment), Sharo Cuneta (, Showbiz Central)