Pinoy resto in Lisbon captures interest of Portuguese
Philippine Ambassador to Portugal
Philippe J. Lhuillier and Madame Edna D. Lhuillier poses with Peter and Lygeia Marie
Cayabyab, owners of Kababayan Filipino restaurant in Lisbon, Portugal. Joining them
is Consul General Gines Jaime Ricardo D. Gallaga.
A Filipino-owned and themed restaurant has been making waves in Portugal, promoting
the country's culture through its cuisine.
Philippine Ambassador to Portugal Philippe Jones Lhuillier recently visited "Kababayan
Restaurante", owned by Peter Cayabyab. Cayabyab, who had previous experience in
the culinary business, put up the restaurant to provide Filipinos in Lisbon a place
where they can have a taste of home.
"I am thankful to Mr. Cayabyab for his contribution in promoting Philippine cuisine
and culture to the Portuguese community. In support of his initiative, we provided
them with Philippine tourism posters, audio-visual material, and brochures that
they can use inside the restaurant. It makes dining in Kababayan more educational
and more fun," said Amb. Lhuillier.
Boasting of their famous adobong manok, rellenong bangus, and longanisa, Kababayan
was featured in two publications in Portugal. Noted was the distinctive Filipino
warmth and hospitality that the staff always shows the diners, and always serving
their customers with a smile.
Mr. Cayabyab has set his eyes on capturing an even bigger market in the local restaurant
business through more aggressive promotion. He is counting on the local Filipino
community for its support, and foresees a big potential in attracting Filipino seamen
from cruise and cargo ships which regularly stop in Lisbon´s various sea ports.