MANILA, Philippines – McDonald’s Philippines Chairman and Founder George T. Yang, an advocate for youth development through employment, education and the arts, was honored by the De La Salle University (DLSU) in appreciation of his generosity and support for his alma mater’s performing arts student organizations.
The University unveiled three new rooms in the Enrique Razon Sports Complex (ESRC), all of which come with a marker citing Yang’s contribution to the local performing arts industry. The “George T. Yang Performing Arts Studio 1 Chorale” was built for DLSU’s premiere chorale group which has consistently bagged awards from local and international competitions. The “George T. Yang Performing Arts Studio 2 Innersoul” will be used by the university’s contemporary singing group, Innersoul. Lastly, the “George T. Yang Performing Arts Studio 3 Lasallian Dance Company” will be used by the La Salle Dance Company (LSDC) which has also garnered countless recognition from the dance community through various local and international competitions.
“The George T. Yang Performing Arts Studios will be the hub of activities and the training grounds for our young Lasallian. In these studios, the talents and craft of our young artists will continue to be explored and honed. On behalf of the University, I would like to extend our warmest and sincerest gratitude to Mr. George Yang and the Golden Arches Development Corporation for their generosity and support to the Lasallian brand of education,” says De La Salle University President Br. Raymundo B. Suplido FSC.
The three George T. Yang Performing Arts Studios will serve as the dedicated venues for the performing groups where they can train and rehearse for the competitions they regularly join and the various events they are invited to.
“As someone who loves music, classical music especially and performing, it is with great pleasure that I am able to support young Filipino talent as they develop their skills and grow their passion for the arts. I am hopeful that these Performing Arts Studios will also be helpful in the progress of the University’s teams as they showcase local talent to an international audience. Supporting these student organizations is my way of giving back to the University that allowed me to develop my own skills and passions,” says George T. Yang, McDonald’s Philippines Chairman and Founder.
In 2007, Yang established the Klassikal Music Foundation (KMF), an educational assistance fund for deserving young performers that need support in completing costly musical degrees. Through KMF, the founder and chairman of McDonald’s Philippines has been able to support over 60 scholars. Yang’s commitment to the development of the youth is also seen in the flagship programs of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), McDonald’s charity of choice. The Read to Learn program teaches children in monograde and multi-grade schools beginning reading, and Bahay Bulilit provides a safe space for children as they are groomed for formal schooling. Since 1995, RMHC has raised over PhP 215 Million which paved way for 8,788 partner schools for Read to Learn, and the construction of 28 Bahay Bulilits all over the country, effectively reaching over 12 Million Filipino children.