Sari-sari store owned by Filipina fish plant worker thrives in Canada

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

A former fish plant worker is now making waves as an acclaimed sari-sari store owner in Prince Edward Island, Canada.

According to CBS News, Filipina entrepreneur Ruby Lubigan's business recently won an Emerging Business Award from the West Prince Chamber of Commerce. She was profiled as part of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Lubigan runs the Sari-Sari Retail Store business in Bloomfield, where she sells mostly 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 at a bank, the permanent resident first came to Canada in 2011 as a temporary foreign worker. Lubigan's first job was at a fish plant located in a rural province, and she has also worked as a full time cleaner at a high school.

The store started out of her living room in 2018, before eventually expanding and moving to a building constructed on her yard.

She told CBS News, “When I left my country, I never thought, I never dreamed that I’m going to be here in Canada. Because my life in the Philippines is really poor. We (weren’t) able to have food for three times a day. There was a time we always ate once a day only.”

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