Mighty Corporation observes 71st anniversary
Mighty Corporation, the leader in the “cigarillos” market in the Philippines, observes its 71st anniversary on Sept. 20, 2016.
The company, founded in 1945 right after the end of World War II by Wong Chu King, now provides jobs to thousands of Filipinos in the cigarette industry. It has also spearheaded socio-civic projects especially on the restoration of churches in Luzon, providing water supply to communities, and providing scholarships annually to deserving children of its workers.
King, who was born in China but migrated to the Philippines to seek greener pastures, found himself suffering alone as war broke out. It was during the war years that he witnessed the fall of Manila, the horrible deaths, shattered lives and families separated in combat.
Surviving those difficult years, he vowed to help Filipinos rebuild their lives.
He put up a small factory named La Campana Fabrica de Tabacos that ventured into the cigarette business. It was tough at first—he did almost everything from blending the tobacco to being salesman, deliveryman, collector, cashier, and product promoter. His perseverance and sacrifice paid off as the business grew.
When he married a Filipina named Nelia, he found in her a partner who helped him expand into other businesses such as tobacco processing, rice milling, buying and selling of goods, insurance and construction. The company name was also changed to Mighty Corporation (MC).
Today, MC is a fully integrated tobacco company located at a 9-hectare property in Malolos, Bulacan. The area includes a complete threshing and redrying plant, which supply the necessary requirements for MC’s cigarette manufacturing operations.