News ‘Galing ng Pinoy!’ Former waiter in UAE wins national...

‘Galing ng Pinoy!’ Former waiter in UAE wins national latte art championship


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. 

Ryan Namia
Ryan Namia spends most of his days reading over drafts of new written content and determining which ones make the final cut for online and print publication. He received his Bachelor's degree in Journalism in 2015 and has been writing since 2016. Got a story to tell? Email him at Or follow his IG @rtnamia.

Latest news

Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services celebrates 51st UAE National Day

Dubai: Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services (DCAS) joined the nation in celebrating the 51st UAE National Day...

International Fashion Week Dubai concludes 14th season

Star studded International Fashion Week Dubai Season 14 was full of celebrities, top infleuncers and celebrity designers...

10,000 sq. ft. Dubai villa sold for AED130 million or P2 billion

Alpago Properties, the real estate famous for developing high-end residential, commercial and hospitality projects, has just announced the most...

49 drug kingpins arrested in UAE with the help of 5 other countries

Lieutenant General His Highness Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior,...
- Advertisement -

Alira to perform at biggest Barrio Fiesta in Dubai

Emirati pop star Alira will be performing at Barrio Fiesta Dubai in December, organisers have confirmed.

UAE announces public holiday for 2023

Plan your holidays for next year! As early as now, the UAE Cabinet has announced the national...

Must read

Dubai limits 2 passengers per taxi during essential trips

To maintain the safety the residents, the...

Dr. Fermin G. Castillo Jr: An educator on a mission

For him, being a teacher is not...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you