Lawrence Phoa Belo, Ph.D. (潘偉雄) of CKS high school batch 1997 works as an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the De La Salle University - Manila and is co-owner of Yoshimeatsu, a Korean BBQ grill restaurant in Taft Avenue.
Sometime around March 9 prior to the community quarantine, Lawrence and Leonard Co (許超智), his business partner at Yoshimeatsu Taft, were already discussing the situation in the event a lockdown does happens. And when the national government enforced the quarantine, they decided to give help to those nearest in location to them, the medical personnel at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH). They started providing hot meals for the PGH frontliners thru Project #YoshimeatsuCares on March 20. At first it was easy for the branch to do as they had plenty of stocks (raw materials, ingredients, sauces, rice, etc.) but as stocks got lower, the owners of other Yoshimeatsu branches pitched in and helped out to sustain our food drive.
Since then, they been also distributed hot meals to other local hospitals, barangays, and institutions. CKSian alumni Theresa Marie Ong, Jamarianne Calubad, Melody Lau-Ting, and others helped out in the undertaking, either in kind or in cash.
Lawrence attributes Chiang Kai Shek College for nurturing him to become a law-abiding citizen and for teaching him the value of giving back whenever he can.
"I have always practiced the principle that if you are in the position to help others, please do so and be glad as God may be answering someone’s prayers through you.", mentioned Lawrence.
For more information on their project, please visit https://gogetfunding.com/yoshimeatsu-cares-yoshimeatsucares/
Thank you for your selfless deeds, Dr Lawrence Belo. Your CKS College family is proud of you!