‘So lucky that I ended up in Winkler’: New Canadian says community is key to making new life in smaller cities

posted on February 7, 2020

By CBC News |

Nina Pinlac-Manuguid and her husband Randolph found success in Winkler, Man.

Inspired by the feasts they would serve to visiting friends, new Canadians Nina Pinlac-Manuguid and her husband Randolph Manuguid took the plunge last year, and opened their own Filipino restaurant in Winkler, Man.

“Our friends were saying: ‘So why don’t you make a restaurant? The people here, like Filipinos, are growing and there’s lots of immigrants and we need new variety,'” said Pinlac-Manuguid, who first moved to Winkler to work as a nurse in 2009.

“It’s been a lot of work, but we finally did it,” she told The Current’s Matt Galloway.

While the restaurant, Cucina Filipinas, caters to the small city’s growing diversity, it also stands as a symbol of their success as newcomers. Pinlac-Manuguid credits that to the support they received from her new community.

“I was so lucky that I ended up in Winkler,” she said.

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