Mocha Uson up close and personal

by Katherine Visconti, Princeton-in-Asia Fellow

Posted at Feb 08 2011 02:47 PM | Updated as of Feb 09 2011 07:29 PM

MANILA, Philippines - In a skimpy dress that gives viewers an eyeful of tan thighs and a 34B black bra, guest Mocha Uson delivers on Tease’s promise to leave people at home wanting more.

Tease host Quark Henares with Mocha Uson. Screengrab from ANC

The 24-year-old singer, dancer and blogger hosts provocative online video chats, posts semi-naked pictures on her blog and even poses nude. After all, sex sells, and so does Uson.

Early last year, Uson went naked for a cause, raising awareness for breast cancer.

“I'm doing it for a purpose,” she said. “And it's breast, so ano pang gagawin ko but to expose it, right? Breast cancer, breast cancer awareness. Alangang i-expose ko 'yung paa ko. Breast.”

After her mother was diagnosed with the disease, Uson became a 2010 Ambassadress for Philippine Foundation for Breast Care, Inc.

In October, Uson stood in the buff for a dozen renowned Filipino artists in a painting and sketching fund-raiser. In December, nude photos of her adorned a benefit show called Cleavage Night, also featuring local bands. A YouTube video was later released with a naked Uson and facts about breast cancer.

Even though she says bisexuality is still taboo in the Philippines, Uson is open about being attracted to both men and women.

Her suggestive photos and tweets have drawn in thousands of social media followers (33,513 Facebook fans and 5,329 Twitter followers).

She is an expert at projecting her celebrity through social media. Her blog has over two and a half million hits. In 2010, Uson was also one of the most searched for Filipino musical artists on Google.

Uson calls her followers the ‘O people’.

“It’s a term I came up with to describe my followers on Facebook and Twitter. “O” stands for orgasmic… In short, my definition of orgasmic people—open minded, liberated, don’t give an F about what other people say or think about them, free.”

Although her messages are sent via multiple platforms, it remains to be seen which message sticks.

'100 percent real'

Uson is not just a pretty face. She completed 2 years of medical school at the prestigious University of Santo Tomas before quitting to pursue music full-time.

She calls herself an open-minded Catholic, and said that the human body is a gift from god. She believes that she is just embracing who she is, a sexually-liberated person.

Uson said her favorite food is banana. She said she’s had more girlfriends than boyfriends. And she said she’ll never get into catfights, because she loves girls.

Uson is proud of the fact that she is “100% real”—meaning she has no implants. She said she only has sex with men and women who are real too. “I don’t like having sex with fake boobs and fake butts,” blogged Uson.

Her dark skin is also another feature she embraces. When she was a baby, visitors thought it was funny to give her mother mocha-flavored cakes and ice cream. It was her mother who gave her the inevitable nickname.

Uson said it was difficult growing up so dark. People called her an “ugly duckling.” It wasn’t until she began performing that she finally became comfortable in her own skin.

Now she’s confident revealing everything. “Whether you like it or not, this is me. So I have nothing to hide,” Uson told Tease.

Co-host Quark Henares eagerly followed up, “So anong biggest difference ng guys and girls when it comes to lovemaking?”

“Kasi for me, I’m a person who gets easily bored. So ayun, I like guys. Sometimes I like girls. I like both, ganyan at the same time.”

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Tease is hosted by Ginger Conejero and Quark Henares. It airs on Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. on ANC and replays on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. and Sundays at 9 p.m.