The Sari-sari store owned by a Filipino worker at a successful fish processing plant in Canada

Cebu, Philippines – January 7, 2013: A woman in a convenience store, locally known as sari-sari, on Bacalso Avenue in Cebu City, Philippines, Asia.

A former fish processing factory worker is now making waves as a famous sari-sari shop owner in Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Filipino entrepreneur Ruby Lubigan’s business recently won an Emerging Business Award from the West Prince Chamber of Commerce, according to CBS News. It was presented as part of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Lubigan runs the Sari-Sari Retail Store business in Bloomfield, where she primarily sells Filipino food products to the many Filipinos living in her community. Customers often come to the store to buy ingredients for dishes such as adobo, pancit bihon, and sinigang.

Currently working full-time in a bank, the permanent resident first came to Canada in 2011 as a temporary foreign worker. Lubigan’s first job was at a fish factory in a rural province, and she also worked as a full-time high school cleaner.

The store started in her living room in 2018, before expanding and moving to a building built on her yard.

She told CBS News: “When I left my country, I never thought, I never dreamed that I would be here in Canada. Because my life in the Philippines is really poor. We (were not) able to get food three times a day. There was a time when we still only ate once a day.

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