ABS-CBN’S current affairs TV program “My Puhunan” will bring to the fore the success story of self-made Cebuana entrepreneur and GT Cosmetics founder Leonora B. Salvane on Sept. 25 (Wednesday) starting at 4:15 pm.
Salvane, in this particular program episode, tells broadcast journalist and “My Puhunan” host Karen Davila about the transformation of her soap-making business into what is now a burgeoning GT Cosmetics Manufacturing company.
Salvane’s story began with an answered prayer in 1994 in the northern town of Liloan, Cebu. With a P500 capital, Salvane began making bars of papaya and carrot soaps in her kitchen, using only baking pans for molds. The soap making then became a family activity as her children joined her in the packaging of the finished products.
From a daily production output of 50 soaps with only four workers, GT Cosmetics now has two manufacturing plants in Cebu and Bulacan with a total of 334 people in their employ and produces 25,000 of each product line, including the bleaching soap, moisturizing and bleaching creams, sunblock, clarifying toner, and carrot lotion.
In the motivational “My Puhunan” program, Salvane shows her philanthrophic nature as she helps out an aspiring but held back family from Antipolo by providing them not just a substantial amount of capital but a complete package of tools and equipment as well, including the molds and ingredients, enough to get them by soapmaking business.
Salvane, who acknowledges the Almighty’s hand in all her endeavors by branding her skin-care products GT – or God’s Talent, said she was just doing the Lord’s work.
“There’s a reason for whatever’s happening to us,” Salvane said. “We’ve come this far in our business surely because of Divine Providence. Actually, she didn’t have to thank me for that. I was just the instrument of the Lord’s blessing.”
“My Puhunan,” which is according to ABS-CBN aimed at helping ordinary Filipinos jumpstart their own businesses, is aired every Wednesday starting 4:15 pm on Channel 3 in Cebu.