THE popular Cabalen Buffet Restaurant, which literally translates into  a casual fine dining restaurant known for authentic Capampangan dishes and different Filipino specialties originating from Pampanga, recently had its grand opening at the 3rd level of SM City Iloilo.

The grand day started with a Holy Mass by Fr. Naring dela Cruz inside the cool and comfy restaurant followed by the ribbon cutting rites led by Cabalen Iloilo franchisees, couple Oti and Marissa Montelibano and their daughter Camille Montelibano along with Iloilo Vice Mayor Joe Espinosa III and first lady Marivic Mabilog.

Joining them in welcoming everyone was Cabalen Group of Companies president Marites Nievera.

After the blessing, guests enjoyed a long array of sumptuous Capampangan food and delicacies dahlings.

The Cabalen family started in 1974 in San Fernando, Pampanga as a small Bahay Pasalubong Restaurant selling specialty food dishes. It then grew into a restaurant called “Ituro Mo, Iluto Ko”.

In 1986, the first Cabalen Eat-all-you-Can, Eat-all-you-Want Restaurant opened in West Avenue, Quezon City, which ushered the expansion to more outlets. Gradually it became the most popular buffet restaurant in the Philippines.


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