Born and raised in San Pablo, Laguna, Dina Dela Paz-Stalder had her humble beginnings as she came from an ordinary family. Her dad was a farmer and she helped her parents in supporting her studies by doing household chores in her aunt’s house and helping her mother in selling “kakanin”. She graduated Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology at Centro Escolar University and eventually, worked as a Medical Representative in a dermatological company. She also went to London to work as a domestic helper and where she also got her certificate about cosmetic formulation through distant learning. Eventually, time came when she decided to go back to Philippines and put up her own business.
Started from just a small steel pot for skincare formulations, she now owns and leads the Stalder Group of Companies which includes Stalder Laboratories Incorporation (a cGMP-certified, Halal-certified and FDA-approved manufacturing plant located in San Pablo, Laguna), the BCP Dermatological Corporation (the marketing arm), and the Diana Stalder Face, Body, Skincare Center (formerly known as Dermaline Facial Center).
Aside from being an entrepreneur, Dela Paz-Stalder is a strong advocate for causes such as the environment and community development.
For community development, it would have been easier to build a factory in an industrial zone, but as a farmer’s daughter, the grit and determination that served her well in business is something she applies equally to her advocacies. So she opted instead to empower her town mates, and give back to her hometown. As far as environment is concerned, at all levels of production, she is adamant about waste segregation and sludge/water recycling. Working with the Mother Earth foundation, the community has also produced malunggay tea, mushrooms, and green charcoal. With this, Dela Paz-Stalder was recognized with a blue ribbon award from the Laguna Lake Development Authority, an honor bestowed upon environmentally responsible businesses.
"I feel overwhelmed with this recognition, as I did not expect to be given this prestigious award. Being one of the Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award: Founder & Pioneer gives me the opportunity to show my capability as a Filipino and as a woman in inspiring business entrepreneurs. Now, I am more motivated to encourage more people with my story - from my humble beginnings to the dazzling height of success. May we all continue to work together, nurture and empower this unique group, FWN," said Dela Paz-Stalder as she was awarded with this prestigious recognition, specifically in the founder and Pioneer Category (Global FWN100 Award) in Toronto, Canada on October 27, 2017, by Filipino Women’s Network. She was selected from an outstanding field of nominees from around the world.
The Global FWN100 Award™ distinguishes Filipino women for their outstanding work in their respective fields and contributions to society. Dela Paz-Stalder’s award and global recognition is another evidence of Filipino pride as she proves that Filipinos are also global leaders in terms of skincare innovations and extraordinary leadership.