Pinoy dropout now food truck business owner in Belgium

Raquel Bernal-Crisostomo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 19 2019 12:15 PM | Updated as of Jul 19 2019 04:43 PM

ANTWERP - Filipino migrant Louis Cruz is finally realizing his dream of owning a business and making his family proud.

But it wasn’t easy, he said, especially for a high school dropout like him.

Cruz's father brought him to Belgium in 1997. When he arrived, he juggled three jobs - working at a fast food chain and Chinese restaurant during the day and cleaning the parking lot of a mall at night.

He took a crash course in culinary arts when the opportunity opened up. 

In 2017, 20 years since leaving the Philippines, Cruz opened up his food truck business, Regino’s Fresh Burger and Fries, naming it after his father who died the same year.

“Syempre ako lang nag-iisang Pinoy dito. 'Yung produkto natin, always fresh. Hindi siya galing sa deep freeze,” he said. 

Aside from the quality of his products, he makes the service more personalized, which sets him apart from his competitors.

“Yung pagiging friendly natin sa kliyente, nadadala natin 'yung pagka-Pilipino natin dito so I think, ‘yun yung pagkakaiba ko sa kanila dito,” he said.

His food truck business is currently into its 4th location and hoping to grow more in the next few years.