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    Posted June 4, 2013 by
    jericpena
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    Baguio
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    Mr. Hot, Baguio City's star barista

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     jericpena says Mr. Hot provides a variety of hot drinks, including brewed coffee, but instant coffee is most popular. 'When my family and I visited the park, I was amazed that other tourists recognized him as well. He's so popular! A lot of people were taking pictures of him while preparing coffee. He also loves to have conversations with his customers. He actually gave us tips on how we could enjoy the city.'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    When one goes to Burnham Park at the heart of Baguio City, one will surely not miss an interesting character fondly called as "Mr. Hot."

     

    Mr. Hot may not have the looks of a Prince Charming but he surely have something to keep you warm while experiencing the breezy weather of Baguio City.

     

    With coffee cart in tow, he greets locals and tourists as he roam around the park wearing a big smile, offering them with a wide variety of hot beverages—from brewed coffee and even up to a warm cup of milk.

     

    For Carlito Ruazol, serving coffee is not just his job but also his passion.

     

    "For me, coffee vending is an art. Making money from it is only a secondary purpose. I love people and I enjoy giving good service," he said.

     

    Mr. Hot, who is in his late fifties, is nothing new to the hospitality industry. He has extensive experience as a barista in big hotels in Baguio and even in Manila. But he chose to set-up his own business to be always by his family's side.

     

    Some might think that a good service comes with a hefty price tag, well that's not true for Mr. Hot. A piping hot cup of instant coffee will only cost you P15.00 (USD 0.36), which is not even half a dollar.

     

    Tourists will be in luck when speaking with Mr. Hot. He will gladly give you insider's tips to enjoy the city. His recommendations of cool places to visit, cheap restaurants to dine in and good bargain stores to shop at will definitely make one's stay at the city more fun.

     

    Mr. Hot is known not only to locals but also to a lot of tourists. He has been featured on different newspapers, magazines and even TV shows here and abroad because of his novel way of selling and serving coffee.

     

    Mr. Hot may be serving coffee at one of Baguio City's popular tourist spots, but the number of tourists who see him daily show that he can now also be considered as a "tourist attraction" in his own right.

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