October 26 - June 21, 1993
Dr. Ismael E. Yanga Sr. or fondly called “Tatay” was the founder and first President of Dr. Yanga’s Colleges (DYCI) formerly known as Dr. Yanga’s Francisco Balagtas College (DYFBC)
Tatay was Class Salutatorian of the National University, Summa Cum Laude at the University of Sto. Tomas with a degree in Medicine and also emerged as the topnotcher in the Medical Board Examination in 1933.
Tatay was the first Bulakeño to put up a medical factory. He later founded and established the first hospital in Bocaue, the Dr. Yanga’s General Hospital which is now known as the Dr. Yanga’s Hospital.
Tatay was a compassionate and generous man with a heart for the poor. He gave scholarships to deserving young students and organized special livelihood programs for them.
Tatay was married to Sophia R. Duran, a pharmacist from Cabanatuan City, and had five successful children – Ismael, Jr., Marcela, Marciano, Maria and Elida.
In 1975, Tatay was a recipient of “Katangi-tanging Bulakenyo”, an award which recognized his contribution not only in his hometown but also in the entire province of Bulacan. After Tatay’s death in 1993, he received a Posthumous Award of “Gawad Pagpupugay at Pagkilala” during the Rizal Day Celebration of the same year.
Tatay developed the medicine “Sedina Burgos”, an analgesic that became instrumental for the cure of many illness of people.
Fondly called “Tatay” by everyone from the students down to the employees of the school and even of the hospital, Tatay’s fatherly concern and charisma were felt by all with his compassion for the poor and the marginalized in society.
Tatay organized a youth band wherein he provided all the musicians free instruments. The renowned “Banda 95 of Bocaue” was primarily formed through Tatay’s pioneering effort.
Twelve years after Tatay’s death, the seeds of his good deeds continue to flourish. The hospital continues to serve the medical needs not only of the people in the town of Bocaue, but as well as of the neighboring towns.