IN HIS past visits to Cebu, British national Peter Mitchell stayed as a guest at Castle Peak Hotel on F. Cabahug St. in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City.
But on Nov. 28, the 64-year-old retired policeman from Eastborne, Southern England decided to become a doorman so he could earn tips that serve as his contribution to the hotel management’s relief efforts for Yolanda survivors in northern Cebu.
With the hotel management’s permission, he would don the regular doorman’s uniform to open doors and carry luggage of guests during his free time. He would hold out a small yellow bucket for tips.
He intends to make his doorman duties part of his daily routine until he returns to the United Kingdom on Dec. 7.
Mitchell and his Filipino wife, Belle, from Carcar City, are in Cebu to spend the Chistmas holidays and their son’s birthday.
Charlie Tolentino, one of the owners of Castle Peak, said Mitchell always showed kindness and generosity to the less fortunate whenever he visits Cebu.
He said he saw Mitchell buy streetkids ice cream and even ate street food with the children.
“He (seems to) relate to the lower class. (Maybe) that gives him a sense of fulfillment,” he added.
Martiniano Alcorin, an employee of Castle Peak, said Michell is a charitable man.
“I want to do something too. The Filipinos is my extended family, and I feel sorry for your country,” Mitchell said.
The Mitchells have a gardening business in England. (USJ-R Mass Com Intern Rhey Anne Alvarico)