Friday, September 13, 2019

240. Brand Stories: SERG’S CHOCOLATE PRODUCTS, 1954

SERG'S CHOCOLATE PRODUCTS, 1957

In the 1950s, the most well-known name in local chocolate products was SERG’S. It was founded by the Goquiolay Family in 1954, with Antonio F. Goquiolay at the helm as president and general manager. Under him were Cochita Goquiolay as treasurer, and the chief chemist and product manager, Flaviano Yenko, Sr.  The company was named after Antonio’s son, Sergio Goquiolay—hence SERG’S.
 
IN SERG’S OF EXCELLENCE: L-R. Luis Mendoza (Asst. Gen. Mgr.), Antonio F. Goquiolay
(Pres. & gen. Mgr.), Conchita Goquiolay (Treasurer), Chua Tiong Chuan (Distribution),
Flaviano Yenko Sr. (Chemist and Product manager) and Edgardo yenko (Factory Superintendent).

By 1956, SERG’S was a fully mechanized food enterprise, churning out chocolate products like breakfast chocolate powder, flavored chocolate,  candies, cocoa drinks and chocolate snacks that were comparable to the world’s best. 

SERG'S AND SUPPLY. Ditribution of Serg's products were handled by Willy's Commercial,
managed by Mr. Chua Tiong Chuan.

SERG’S was capitalized at one million pesos by 1956, and its air-conditioned factory boasts of the finest chocolate machinery and  equipment from Europe and the U.S/ At its prime, it had the largest cracler-fanner equipment, that cracked and fanned coca beans.
 
SERG'S CHOCOLATE PRINT AD, 1957

Its leading branded products included SERG’S Breakfast Cocoa, Choc-o-Malt, Milk Chocolate Bars, Choc-lettes, Chocolate Bars with Orange Flavor, and a host of other chocolate lines.

SERG'S COCOA POWDER AD, 1956

SERG’S was a thriving business all throughout the 1960s but the Goquiolay family migrated to the U.S. at the height of Martial Law. When Marcos was ousted and the Aquino administration took over, SERG’S was taken over by the government as part of the Asset Privatization program.
 
SERG'S FILLED DROPS PRINT AD, 1961

Some 2 decades later, Sergio Goquiolay, who had been a marketing professor in the U.S., came back to the Philippines and attempted to re-start the SERG’S business. For awhile SERG’S chocolate products were seen again on supermarket and grocery shelves.
 
SERG'S CANDIES, COLOR PRINT AD, 1962

But the Asian Financial Crisis in 1997 dashed all hopes of a permanent comeback. With the peso devaluation, SERG’S came under great debts and was plagued with labor problems despite promising sales. SERG’S filed for bankruptcy in 2001, and Sergio Goquiolay passed away that same year.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

239. A NEW CORPORATE LOGO FOR SAN MIGUEL CORPORATION, 1975

SMC CORPORATE PRINT AD launching the new logo, 1975

The giant multinational business conglomerate of the Philippines—SAN MIGUEL CORPORATION—had its beginning in 1889, when prominent Manila businessman, Enrique María Barretto, applied for a royal grant from Spain to establish a brewery in the Philippines that would be known as La Fábrica de Cerveza San Miguel.

In the next century, its San Miguel Beer would be its most famous product, here and all over the world. Its product portfolio would include food, beverage, packaging,  real estate, among others, but San Miguel Beer would always be top-of-mind among its loyal consumers.

The early San Miguel Beer bottles were branded with the letters S over M. The more well-known San Miguel escudo (seal), symbol of the royal grant, was incorporated in the design of the product label, and became a sort of a corporate logo for many years.

 

It was only in 1975 that SAN MIGUEL CORPORATION adopted a new corporate identity logo, as it acknowledged that the “escudo” was strongly associated with their beer product, which has since changed with their diversified ventures.

For this diversity, SMC created a new symbol, keeping the “escudo” for its brewery products. The new symbol symbolized th primal element of  Water, Life, Growth, Food, Abundance and Progress.

A TV commercial used animation to explain the basic concept behind the new corporate logo. This logo was in use until 1999, when SMC reverted back to the use of its “escudo” to stand for the company and its products. In 2012, the “escudo” design was further streamlined, a version that is still in current use. 

SOURCES:
San Miguel Corporation, wikipedia
San Miguel Logo: logopedia.com

Monday, September 2, 2019

238. Brand Stories: BIODERM OF International Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 1962-68.

EARLY BIODERM AD, 1962

The very popular BIODERM Ointment, used in the treatment of skin ailments and infection was a product of the Wong Brothers, founders of the International Pharmaceuticals, Inc, (IPI) in Cebu. In 1959, The Wong brothers--George., Pio Sr., David Sr., Sergio,  and Sixto—bought the efficascent formula first developed by Miguel Chiong known as “Efficol” , giving them the right to manufacture the product in their own laboratory that would become IPI. Through door-to-door marketing and effective sales push, Efficascent Oil, as the product was now branded, became a national success.

This led IPI to develop more products using their own formula, and in 1961, the company came up wirh Dr.Wong’s BIODERM Ointment in tins.
 
BIODERM PRINT ADS, 1967
BIODERM Ointment contains antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal ingredients beneficial in the treatment of ringworm, eczema, blackheads, pimples, furunculosis, acne, skin itch, white spots (ap-ap), athlete’s foot, hand itch, barber’s itch, insect bites and other skin irritations on the head and on the body. It is also effective for prickly heat, dhobie itch, mange, Hong Kong foot, and itching dandruff.

It was first advertised in 1962 as Dr. Wong’s BIODERM—Effective Treatment for Skin Ailments. BIODERM, with its modern image and formulation, gave Katialis, a leading cream for various skin conditions for decades, a stiff competition, becoming another success.
 
BIODERM PRINT AD, 1968
BIODERM was actively advertised through the 60s, and in the succeeding decades, and these early ads show how its advertising, marketing and pomotions evolved. Eventually, with the brand’s success, a BIODERM germicidal soap was developed, which also gained following.

Today, these two BIODERM products are still going strong in the market. BIODERM has helped grow IPI, which allowed it to expand its portfolio to include not just liniments, consumer health products, home care, food supplements, veteriany products, medical equipment and pesticides.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

237. Brand Stories: MODESS® Sanitary Napkin of Johnson & Johnson, 1962-1969

MODESS SANITARY NAPKINS, Intro Ad, 1963.

MODESS Sanitary Napkins was the result of a joint project of Johnson & Johnson Phils. and Metro Drug Corp., an alliance that aimed to produce a viable, attractively priced sanitary protection pads. The company they formed was called Philippine Medical Products (PMP) which manufactured the personal care product, MODESS.

The product concept itself was not conceived locally, but the subsequent improvements and innovations were led and developed by a team from J&J Phils. which enabled MODESS to achieve a high level of success in the Asian region.


But when it was officially launched in 1962, MODESS floundered, due to poor distribution and absence of advertising.  The joint venture ended and PMP was taken over by the local J&J company in 1964.

When MODESS  was finally advertised, its advertising agency, Ace-Compton, created some of the more memorable ads that began in 1969 with the “Dare Wear White” campaign. The campaign dares women to wear white during their period, as a test of the product’s new feature—“Blu Plasti-Shield” to absorb and protect.
 
PROTECTS AS IT ABSORBS, 1964

Parallel campaigns were also undertaken to converting traditional “pasador” (cloth pads) users into modern sanitary pad users. The TVC, which featured Gloria Sevilla and teen daughter Nadja Veloso, pointed out  the many inconveniences of using cloth pasadors versus using MODESS. “Laba..Kula…Plantsa---hassle!”, complains the teener. However, instead of shifting to MODESS, the market  shifted to cheaper pads.

With the business in doldrums, the head office pondered over the possibility of  closing the feminine protection line of J&J. But the local organization persevered and recommended to put up a line of sanitary napkins  made with locally-produced “non-woven” raw materials. 

PROTECTED BY MODESS, 1966 AD.

This proposal was given a go-signal, thus  J&J Phils. became the first affiliate in Asia to produce its own non-woven material requirements (which gave a cooler feeling unlike the “hot” Plasti-Shield of MODESS), which also made pads more affordable.

J&J introduced the product under the STAYFREE brand in 1975. A year later, a locally-developed beltless version of the MODESS was launched. These two products were well-received by the market and eventually became market leaders.
 
DARE WEAR WHITE SERIES, 1969

In a casting coup, J&J got reigning superstar Nora Aunor to appear in a new Beltless MODESS campaign that kept the “dare wear white” execution. In the end shot of the popular TVC, Aunor, resplendent in a white wedding gown, glances at her behind and say “ Sa MODESS ko lang ibibigay ang aking matamis na…OO”.

The Philippine-developed MODESS Beltless Sanitary napkin even went on to being successfully launched in other Asian countries. Today, MODESS has evolved further to offer a range of sanitary protection that caters to specific needs, with a younger target audience in mind.

SOURCE:

Sunday, August 18, 2019

236. Brand Names That Became Everyday Pinoy Words #6: MONGOL PENCIL

MONGOL PRINT AD, 1964

Nowhere in the world is the MONGOL more popular than in the Philippines—where the name has become synonymous with “pencils”. MONGOL was a creation of John Eberhard Faber (b. 6 Dec. 1822/ d. 2 Mar. 1879), a German-American who founded  a pencil manufacturing company in new York in 1861.

There are different reported dates of its manufacture, but it started advertising in the U.S.in the early 1900. The best graphite used in the production of pencils supposedly came from the eastern parts of the globe like Siberia, which inspired manufacturers to name their pencils after easter and middle-eastern places like Mikado and Mongol. 

In the Philippines, it was introduced before World War II by American Rolland E. Thompson, who brought the pencils in their trademark woodcases through his Rennolds Enterprises Inc., a Philippine corporation that was working in tandem with H.G. Henares & Sons, Incorporated.

In 1963, 1963, H.G. Henares & Sons, Inc. formed a new company Amalgamated Specialties Corporation (AMSPEC). Resultantly, everything within the manufacturing facilities formerly owned by H.G. Henares & Sons, Inc. for the making of the woodcase "MONGOL" pencil were transferred to AMSPEC, which, thereafter,  was acquired by Rolland E.Thompson, his family and other local investors.

MONGOL TRADE AD, 1902. Source: contapunalism.blog

In the years that followed, AMSPEC spent considerable amount in advertising and promoting its MONGOL Pencils,  enabling it to gain market leadership. The MONGOL Pencil business flourished (MONGOL No. 2 was favored)  and the mark "MONGOL" through time was associated by the purchasing public with AMSPEC as the source and origin of high quality pencils.

MONGOL PRINT AD, 1965

 AMSPEC rose to become as a leading  manufacturer and distributor of the best quality and user-safe school & office supplies to the Filipino market such as Crayola, Li’l Hands, Jumbo Pencils, Magic Touch, Touch and Go, Gold Medal and  Old Town carbon paper.

For many years, AMSPEC was the authorized producer of MONGOL, under license by Eberhardt Faber U.S., in the Philippine market, then later acquired by Faber-Castell USA. MONGOL was also licensed to Eberhardt Faber de Venezuela for that market, which was sold separately to Newell.

Faber-Castell USA was next sold to Newell (Sanford). This license to AMSPEC continued, but Newell ended this agreement around 2008, after the principal owner and CEO of AMSPEC passed away.

LIMITED EDITION NINOY-CORY MONGOLS. Photo: penciltalk.org
AMSPEC ceased MONGOL production, but the brand didn’t disappear –a new supplier, Star Paper Corp. began distributing Venezuelan –made MONGOLs in the country. One of MONGOL’S distinctive limited edition product was the “iamninoy iamcory” MONGOL Pencils. AMSPEC, on the other hand, began making pencils under the brand name “T- Pencil”.

MONGOL STAMP, 1999. Photo: penciltalk.org

MONGOL Pencils continue to be popular in the Philippines and are highly regarded as part of the early education of Filipinos. In fact, stamp showing a MONGOL pencil, was issued by the Philippine Postal Corp. to mark the brand’s 50th year in the Philippines.

MONGOL NO. 2. Photo: lazada.ph

There are so many imitators of MONGOL today, leading Berol Corp., a wholly owned company of Newell Rubbermaid, the trademark owner of MONGOL, to warn the public of fake MONGOL Pencils flooding the country. But to Pinoys, one thing is clear—it ain’t a pencil, if it ain’t a MONGOL!

SOURCES:
AMSPEC Case:


Monday, August 12, 2019

235. Cosmos Orange Rebranded: SUNTA, “We Wunta Sunta”, 1972

SUNTA, 'KATAS-CALIFORNIA' RELAUNCH AD,1972
The new Cosmos Bottling Corp. came to be in 1945, rebuilt by Henry Gao Hong- Wong, that was originally founded as Maila Aerated water Co. back in 1918 by his father Wong Ning.  Unfortunately, the Guangdong migrant would pass away in prison during World War II.

Cosmos sarsaparilla was the company’s flagship product, which took the market by storm. To complement the root beer flavor, it also came up with Cream Soda, Lime, Lemon, Mulberry, Grape, Pineapple and Orange variants. By the 60s, only Sarsaparilla and Orange were the most viable of the Cosmos bottle beverage products.


Cosmos Orange was just a mere tag on mainstream “Sarsi” (short for sarsaparilla) advertising, casually mentioned as “Also available in Orange Flavor”, in the late 60s.  

In 1972, Cosmos reformulated its orange beverage, and improved on its orange flavor, dimensionalized as “Katas-California” (juice from California oranges). The company decided to rebrand it as it was also awkward to call it Sarsi Orange. Thus Orange Cosmos became SUNTA.

It was relaunched on the strength of its “Katas-California” taste, and sold at 15 centavos (up by 5 centavos in 1969), but the execution looked more like a fruit juice ad than a soft drink lifestyle commercial.

LISTEN TO THE SUNTA 
"I WUNTA SUNTA" JINGLE HERE:

The next year, a new SUNTA advertising campaign burst on TV screens featuring a catchy slogan, “We wunta SUNTA”, that certainly helped in creating brand awareness for the new reformulated product. It also gave the brand a new, distinct identity—pushed by a light, lilty jingle sung by Fides Cuyugan-Asencio and composed by the prodigious Jose Mari Chan.


SUNTA made use of the precocious child star Niño Muhlach, who lent his cuteness to the brand by way of TV commercial appearances. 


SUNTA enjoyed a short-lived boom as a price range soda brand, but by the early 70, the Philippine economy was floundering and the peso lost its buying power. From 10 centavos in 1969, its price increased to 25 centavos by 1975. But SUNTA stayed on, until the business floundered after Henry Wong’s death. RFM acquired the company in 1989.

SOURCE:
'Strictly Commercial", Jose Mari Chan "The Jingles Collection"CD.

Friday, August 2, 2019

234. Brand Stories: BLEND 45 of Consolidated Food Corp., 1963-1984

THE VERY FIRST PRINT AD OF BLEND 45, launched in 1962, as a price brand.

The Consolidated Food Corporation (CFC) was founded in 1961 by John Gokongwei Jr., and, after surveying the local coffee landscape, decided that there was room more for new coffee brands. The market leader then was the post-war brand Café Puro of Commonwealth Foods Inc., which, by 1951, had become the no.1 selling coffee brand, a position it kept till the 1960s.

BLEND 45 IN WINDSOR CRYSTAL PARTY GLASSES PROMO, 1967

Consolidated Foods’ first coffee brand was Presto, launched in 1962. But it was the second locally-made soluble coffee brand that made a major dent in the 1960s coffee market” : BLEND 45. It was so named as a cup of mixed coffee contains at least “45 choice coffee beans”.

BY 1968, BLEND 45 WAS THE NATION'S LARGEST SELLING COFFEE.

Filipinos took to the aroma and distinctive flavor of BLEND 45, but what made it really popular and attractive to consumers was its cheap price, much less than the regular coffee then available. At 3 centavos per cup, BLEND 45’s grew and became known as “poor man’s coffee”—in a good way.

BLEND 45 IS SO AFFORDBALE, YOU CAN DRINK IT DAY AND NIGHT!

As Mr. Gokongwei recalls in an interview, “The price was very good, and the product was very good. So we had good pricing, good product, and good presentation,”

BLEND 45, PERFECT FOR AFTER LUNCH.

In just 2 years after its launch, BLEND 45 overtook Café Puro and rose to become the largest-selling coffee brand in the Philippines (Presto was discontinued, but the Presto trademark was kept and reserved for the chocolate line of CFC).

EDDIE RODRIGUEZ, DRAMA ACTOR, FOR BLEND 45, 1973

BLEND 45’s advertising peaked during the 1970s and 1980s, employing the most credible and popular endorsers of that period: Eddie Rodriguez, Boots Anson-Roa,Ariel Ureta, and Susan Roces. Its unique selling proposition was set into a catchy jingle to remind coffee lovers of the “45 choice coffee beans in a cup of BLEND 45”.

BOOTS ANSON AND PETE ROA, CELEBRITY COUPLE, FOR BLEND 45, 1981.

The success of BLEND 45 paved the way for another successful CFC coffee brand—Great Taste Coffee—its first soluble granule coffee.

SUSAN ROCES, QUEEN OF PHILIPPINE MOVIES, FOR BLEND 45, 1984.
Photo: www.susanroces.blogspot.com

Today, the brand--as well as its success—endures. BLEND 45 is still sold at a price every Filipino can afford. Now, as part of the Universal Robina Corp.’s beverage portfolio, BLEND 45 even has a single-serve instant coffee pack and a 3-in-1 sachet at popular prices of P1.50 and P4.00  in sari-sari stores.

WATCH BLEND 45'S "SUSAN ROCES" TVC 1984

The product’s taste appeal  has been made more attractive with such as new flavor innovations as BLEND 45 Kondensada, Pula, Barako. Gokongwei’s vision to see a Pinoy brand on the breakfast table of every Filipino, has been achieved—with BLEND 45.

CREDITS:
BLEND 45 TVC 1984:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv4Nao3oo38, posted by Dateline Anime, 13 Sep. 2017.
SUSAN ROCES Blend 45 Ad: www.susanroces.blogspot.com