Singer, dancer and social media activist Mocha Uson.
PHOTO BY DSWD
DUBAI – Detractors say she is having an identity crisis, but that is not why celebrity Mocha Uson is losing sleep.
“It’s not easy because I work at night for the Mocha Girls Show and I visit DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) centers during the day. I don’t get enough sleep but it’s a rewarding experience because it makes you feel like you have made a difference in someone’s life,” Mocha told ExpatMedia.Net in an exclusive interview.
Mocha was best known as the lead vocalist of the all-girl group Mocha Girls, that was until she took the stage for an entirely different cause: first as a staunch supporter of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and later, as the “people’s voice” on social media.
Her career has definitely taken a different trajectory but that hasn’t stopped the singer, dancer, model and now social activist from getting a huge following, including more than four million fans on Facebook alone.
And her popularity seems to overshadow any controversy. Government agencies like the DSWD and the Bureau of Customs continue to welcome her social media support, and endorsement deals are also coming her way. Mocha has recently been picked as the ambassador for Crossfire, a popular online game where she is the first Filipino character.
Mocha talks to ExpatMedia.Net about what keeps her going every day, Duterte and other things she’s passionate about.
Expat Media: Aiza Seguerra and Liza Dino are the latest celebrities given posts in the government. If the Duterte administration were to give you a government post, would you accept the offer? Which position do you think you would be most effective in?
Mocha Uson: I’ve been asked so many times about this and my reply is always the same – I have absolutely no interest in entering politics. I don’t need a government post to serve my country. What I’m doing for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is voluntary. They asked for my help in boosting volunteerism through social media. I have deep respect for Aiza and Liza. They deserve their appointment. It’s just not my cup of tea. Besides, I have a full time job.
How do you see your career in five to ten years from now?
I’ll be focusing more on radio hosting and managing artists and bands.
Is it difficult to juggle a showbiz career and a career for a cause?
It’s not easy because I work at night for the Mocha Girls Show and I visit DSWD centers during the day. I don’t get enough sleep but it’s a rewarding experience because it makes you feel like you have made a difference in someone’s life.
What changed when you took on the role as the people’s voice on social media?
I’ve learned to live outside my comfort zone and challenge myself to contribute some way to the public good.
Do you see your current role as a blogger with a cause as creating a foundation of sorts? Or are you satisfied with being a conduit between the people and government officials?
I will keep knocking on doors until government agencies open up and meet the ordinary people’s demands and needs. We will not stop until we see true change in our country.
What specific causes are you passionate about?
Demanding better services for the poor and needy.
Do you still have time to unwind and have fun? Describe yourself when you let your hair down (figuratively speaking).
I like to spend my free time with my mom, nephew and niece.
What are the top three qualities in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte that you admire and share?
Tapang (bravery), malasakit (empathy) and integrity.
Do you have any projects lined up?
Mocha Girls Middle East Tour in October. I will also be launched as the newest and first Filipino character on online game CrossFire.
Name the last three books that you read.
“Jesus is… by Judah Smith”
“Life is… by Judah Smith”
What is on your mind right now?
I badly need to go back to the gym.
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