An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in UAE has clinched the most coveted UAE National Latte Art 2021 title in the coffee industry.
Mondrick Alpas, 30, represented the UAE in the national latte art championship recently. He said that he has been competing in the latte art competition since 2019.
Hailing from Lapu-Lapu in Cebu City and living in the UAE for eight years now, Alpas considered this as his greatest achievement so far since the competition was tough.
“Being called a champion in the UAE as an OFW gives me so much pride and honor,” the OFW who currently works at Goldbox Roastert as an assistant roaster, told The Global Filipino Magazine.
Returning stronger, more equipped
In 2019, when he was only placed third at the same latte art competition, he told himself that he will come back stronger. However, since Covid-19 happened, he did not plan on joining this year. Alpas’ friends from work had pushed him to compete and again and do what he loves the most.
“I feel so happy that all the sleepless nights and hard work of my team really paid off when we won gold. I could not have done it without them and I am very proud and grateful for my team and very excited to represent UAE and my team at the world latte art championship,” he said.
Alpas ha worked as a waiter here in the UAE before becoming a professional barista. While in the Philippines, he also worked as a server at a fast-food chain.
When asked about his long-term plans, the OFW said that he will start preparing for the world latter art championship, while continuing to learn new coffee skills, and probably compete again in latte art or in another category.
He also envisions opening his own coffee business in the UAE or in the Philippines, getting married to his ever-supportive partner who is also in the coffee industry and has been helping him in his journey since the day they became a couple.
“If you really want to achieve something you have to work hard for it and never give up even when you lose. Find the best people to be with your circle as they will help you and motivate you to be the best person you want to be,” he said.
“And I hope the success that I and my team have achieved serves as an inspiration for other Filipinos in the UAE or anywhere in the world that we Filipinos really have world-class talents and that we should not be afraid to show it,” Alpas added.