WPP agency Red Fuse launches new film for Colgate Philippines demonstrating real courage in a smile

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Red Fuse, WPP’s integrated global team dedicated to serving Colgate-Palmolive, have launched a new brand campaign for Colgate Philippines to highlight that true optimism is not just about smiling through adversity. It’s about having the courage to take action – no matter the challenge.

The campaign is part of Colgate’s ongoing efforts to focus on equity advertising, bringing to life the brand vision of creating ‘a future for everyone to smile about’. This was launched across Asia Pacific at the end of 2020, with the ‘Smile Strong’ campaign, where Colgate collaborated in the Philippines with powerful ‘muses’ like Brina Maxino, an inspirational teacher who has down syndrome.

Colgate was also recognised for the #Yimsu campaign in Thailand, empowering people to ‘yimsu’ and smile with resilience during difficult times. This campaign featured a strongly diverse set of inspiring people as well, and the work was awarded Best Advertising to Embrace Gender Equality by Thailand’s Ministry of Social Development and Human Security.

Moving ahead into 2022, the Colgate team are continuing their ambition to deliver real impact on society and elevate equity across borders. In the Philippines the team looked for new personalities to lift the spirits of the nation battered by the ongoing pandemic. The sense of “pangiti-ngiti lang” (just smiling through it) was prevalent, and the team wanted to find true optimists whose spirit would rise above this.

Marlon Fuentes was discovered by chance when a team member was in a Grab taxi and discovered the driver had Tourette’s syndrome. The colleague was so inspired by the driver’s positive outlook, despite his condition, that she brought the story to the team and Marlon became the new “muse” and inspiration for the latest campaign.

Dino Ocampo, Executive Creative Director at Red Fuse said, “With the pandemic reaching a critical point in the Philippines throughout the last year, overall community morale was at an all-time low. Trying to push a message of optimism in a time and place where people could barely find a reason to smile, was a challenge. Meeting Maron, was like a breath of fresh air. He inspired us all. Our talented Director DirekJoel Limchoc, was energised by his outlook and really set the tone to build his story in a way that was meaningful to us all and which also aligned to Colgate’s stance on Optimism in Action.”

Ocampo said, “It was an honor and a privilege to work on this campaign. It was a pleasure to highlight the heroism and inner strength of a driver with Tourette’s syndrome, and show how he manages to overcome not only his condition, but the prejudices of those around him. Marlon’s captivating optimism has managed to transform and elevate all of us who were fortunate enough to work with him.”

Dino Ocampo – Executive Creative Director
Red Cajucom – Associate Creative Director
Marc De Vera – Associate Creative Director
Julian Garcia – Senior Copywriter
Ryan Tabag – Senior Copywriter
Nadine Layon – Art Director
John Caseda – Art Director
Mawie Borja – Art Director
Ciox Laurino – Business Director
Caloy Sambrano – Managing Director
Julianna Hechanova – Account Director
Alyssa Uy – Senior Account Manager
Shayne Mercado – Program Director
Kelly Oliveros – Senior Account Manager (PR)
Lia Malferrari – Associate Strategy Director
Lyssa Ajero – Associate Strategist
Kenny Choo – Regional Executive Creative Director
Daniel Cullen – Regional Client Service Director
Clara Roxas – Senior Copywriter

Yves Briantais – Vice-President Marketing for Colgate APAC
Lyndon Morant – Regional Marketing Director for Integrated Marketing Communications
Ari Mandelbaum – Marketing Director for Colgate Philippines
Bea Atienza – IBE Lead for Colgate Philippines
Michelle Lucero – Marketing Manager for Colgate Philippines
Catherine Sy – Category Marketing Manager for Colgate Philippines

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