25 years of “HAPEE” moments

If the toothpaste you use makes you think of “happy” moments that elicit a “smile,”chances are you are using hapee toothpaste.

Not too many people know that 25 years ago, when Lamoiyan Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Cecilio K. Pedro decided to challenge the multinational companies in the tough dental care market, he actually thought of using “Smile” as a brand name.

And when you smile, you look happy,” Dr. Pedro shared. “Initially, the brand I chose was Smile because when you brush your teeth, you are supposed to smile. When you frown, it becomes difficult to brush your teeth.

However, it turned out that the brand “Smile” already belonged to a multinational company. When they went back to the drawing board, Dr. Pedro figured that the best alternative is the word that describes the feeling of people who smile—happy.

“But I thought ‘happy’ did not seem suitable as a brand, so I changed it from ‘h-a-p-p-y’ to ‘h-a-p-e-e,’ and it became ‘hapee,’ ” Dr. Pedro said.

Dr. Pedro also said using hapee gives the brand good recall because it is familiar to all households in the Philippines and all over the world. “When you say ‘happy,’ people already know it, so the word was chosen and the rest was history.”

Indeed, the 25-year journey that followed for Lamoiyan Corporation was historic to say the least.

Dr. Pedro, started as a supplier of aluminum tubes to become a world-class toothpaste maker. He forged on, not minding the tough competition from the better-funded and well-entrenched multinationals.

By plunging into the business head first, Filipino consumers had an alternative toothpaste, one that is affordable and truly Filipino.

“We introduced good quality toothpaste at affordable prices so that many Filipinos can afford to brush their teeth regularly. We found out that a lot of Filipinos, especially those in the provinces, could not brush their teeth because toothpaste and toothbrush are expensive. That dream pushed us initially and we were not afraid to face the multinational companies because we believe there is this need to help Filipinos, especially those belonging to the poorest of the poor,” Dr. Pedro said.

From day one, Dr. Pedro said they have kept their corporate mission that is to improve the quality of life by bringing essential products within the reach of the common people. The pursuit of this goal brought 25 years of happy moments not just for him but also for those who shared the journey with Lamoiyan Corporation.

“Every year we survive the competition thrown at us and we celebrate each happy moment. Every day that I wake up I consider it a happy moment, thanking God for giving me another day. There are so many challenges and difficulties in this world but it really depends on how you look at life. For me, we are so blessed as a country and as a people. We are fortunate here in Lamoiyan Corporation and we tell the world that yes, we can survive and we can compete with the best of the best in the world,” he said.

Through the years Lamoiyan Corporation has gained the services of so many wonderful people, including the hearing-impaired that make up about 30% of the company’s total workforce. They receive equal opportunities. The company also ensure that proper attention and training are given to equip them for work and life outside of work. “I call them angels sent by the Lord. When I see them, I’m happy because they were provided by the Lord.”

“We have very good experiences with the hearing-impaired, always among the top performers with 6 or 7 of the Top 10 performers of the year coming from them. It is very rewarding and fulfilling to provide jobs to those who are not as fortunate as us. At the same time we are able to promote better relationships and a culture of compassion and harmony inside the company. This, I think, is what makes us different from the world and this is what we believe is making a difference for the glory of God,” he added.

Dr. Pedro believes these “happy” moments and a positive outlook are instrumental in building Hapee Toothpaste and Lamoiyan Corporation. From its humble beginnings 25 years ago in a small facility in Paranaque City, Lamoiyan Corporation now boasts of creating over 30 flavors of hapee toothpaste.

The company also expanded its operations to include household and personal care segments through brands like Kutitap, Dazz, and Licealiz.

Beginning this year, Lamoiyan Corporation is set to introduce quality and affordable products to other countries.

“We are very bullish about 2013; we believe this is the year when we will grow faster than before. This is the year where we will probably also explore exports into other countries, particularly in Southeast Asia, by the grace of God. We will again be facing the multinational companies so hopefully we will gain some footing (there) in the very near future,” Pedro said.

Who knows? In the next 25 years, probably the rest of world will also get to experience the happy moments that hapee toothpaste brings to every household.

To know more about how Lamoiyan Corporation gives hope to Filipinos and shares hapee smiles, visit www.lamoiyan.com or www.facebook.com/LamoiyanCorporation.


2013 PSTD Gawad Maestro Call for Nominations

The Philippine Society for Training and Development (PSTD) has issued a call for nominations to the 2nd PSTD WLP Gawad Maestro Awards 2013.

The Gawad Maestro Awards was launched on March 28, 2011 with the objective of honoring outstanding individuals and organizations that have demonstrated leadership and creativity in the field of workplace learning and performance or WLP.  The categories include: Leader Extraordinaire; Outstanding WLP Program of the Year; Outstanding WLP Organizational Champion; Outstanding WLP Manager; Outstanding WLP Professional.

Honored during the 1st PSTD WLP Gawad Maestro Awards Night at the Grand Ballroom, Manila Diamond Hotel on November 21, 2011 were: Sec. Herminio Coloma of Presidential Communications Operations Office, Undersecretary Rizalino Rivera of the Dept of Education, Tita Puangco of Ancilla Consulting and Arthur Luis Florentin of the Center for Innovation, Change and Productivity – Leader Extraordinaire;Globe Telecom – Outstanding WLP Program of the Year; Pfizer – Wyeth Philippines and Integra Business Processing Solutions – Outstanding WLP Organizational Champion;  Benedict Salvador of Integra Business Processing Solutions – Outstanding WLP Manager; and Cherry Crisostomo of Concentrix Phil., Inc.– Outstanding WLP Professional. 

This year’s awardees will be honored at the 2nd PSTD Gawad Maestro Awards Night, in line with the 38th PSTD National Convention which will be held on May 8-10, 2013 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City.  The 38th National Convention, with the theme, “Delivering Performance Breakthroughs through WLP,” will be a venue for the exchange of breakthrough experiences, models, and strategies in workplace learning and performance improvement. It will bring together practitioners from the public and the private sector nationwide.

PSTD is the country’s premier professional organization dedicated to providing development and learning opportunities, global standards and ethical guidelines in the practice of workplace learning and performance (WLP).

Send in your nominations to pstd.gawadmaestro.secretariat@gmail.com now.   Deadline for submission of nomination forms and all pertinent documents is February 28, 2013.  You may call PSTD Secretariat at telephone nos. (02) 7038789 or (02) 8140372 for details and inquiries.