Through the years, McDonald's remained the world's top quick service restaurant. With more
than 33,000 branches in more than 120 countries around the globe, McDonald's has served
billions of customers since its first restaurant in 1955.
McDonald's history began even before the onset of the Second world war when brothers Dick
and Mac McDonald started a drive-in restaurant business in Riverside California. Their menu was
composed simply of 10-cent hamburgers and other drive-in products. After the war, the brothers
opened a new type of restaurant in San Bernardino, California, where a little hamburger man
called "Speedee" became the company's symbol Dick's and Mac's endeavors proved so
successful that other operators sought out franchises from them.
In 1954 Ray Kroc exclusive sales distributor for Multimixer intrigued by the brother's "Speedee
System" visited the latter in San Bernardino, Upon his return to Chicago, Kroc obtained the
exclusive licensing rights to the brothers system and had become heir National Franchise Agent
in April of the same year construction began on the first restaurant in what was called the
Mcdonald's System Inc.
The famous Golden Arches arrived in the Philippines in 1981 when George T. Yang president of
McGeorge Food Industries was awarded franchising privilege in the country by McDonald's
international. The first store opened in the busy university area of Morayta while the second was
established in the prime commercial area of Cubao beside New Frontier Theater. And now as
they say, the rest is history.
With the desire of providing Filipino customers with high quality food and service that meet
global standards, George T. Yang, opened the first McDonald's store along Morayta, Manila in
Since then, McDonald's has introduced so many innovations that captured the hearts of the
Filipinos. It was McDonald's who first offered the Value Meals and the Happy Meal. It was
McDonald's who first provided employment opportunities for students. And it was McDonald's
who first played an active role in helping out in the community through McDonald's Charities.
These and so many other "firsts" are the reasons for McDonald's phenomenal growth!
Today, with Kenneth S. Yang at the helm, McDonald's is now a multi-billion-peso company with
almost 274 stores nationwide! And still counting!