MANILA, Philippines – Mocha Girls’ lead singer Mocha Uson weighed in on the recent controversy involving the performance of the sexy group Playgirls at a lawmaker's birthday party following a Liberal Party (LP) event in Laguna.
In an interview with the singer at ATC Healthcare’s 10th anniversary Saturday, October 10, where the Mocha Girls performed a dance number for the crowd, Mocha explained that putting a sexy show was acceptable, depending on the situation. (READ: Sexism, 'Playgirls', and the Liberal Party)
“Dapat nasa lugar ‘yung ating gagawing page-entertain sa tao,” she said. (We should entertain people properly.)
“Halimbawa, kung alam naman nating may mga bata sa audience or may mga pamilyadong mga tao dapat ilulugar natin yung ating performance. ‘Yung suot natin at saka yung ating gagawin sa stage.” (Example, if we know there are kids in the audience or members of the family present, we should entertain correctly, what we wear and what we do onstage.)
As most cannot help but compare their group to Playgirls, Mocha was asked if they would be willing to perform at a political event, if asked.
“Okay lang naman na mag-perform sa ganung klaseng event pero dapat ilugar mo ‘yung costume mo, ilugar mo rin yung gagawin mong pagsayaw tapos susundin mo rin syempre kung ano yung sasabihin sayo, kung ano yung nasa programa,” she said.
(It's okay to perform at those type of events but you have to be ready. Make sure the costume, the dancing is right and of course, follow what they will tell you, what's in the program.)
“Siyempre bilang performer ang gusto mo ma-entertain ‘yung tao at hindi maging awkward ‘yung environment.” (As a performer, you want to entertain the people and not to be awkward in your environment.)
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Mocha said that it was important for performers to listen to what the organizers would say to avoid any misunderstandings. She added that there is a huge difference between performing in bars and in private events.
“Kasi kami pag nag-perform sa bar, wala namang limit ‘yun. Pero halimbawa sa mga events, sinusunod namin ‘yung kung ano ‘yung sasabihin ng client,” she said. (For us, when we perform at bars, there's no limit. But for example in events, we follow the specifications from the client.)
The Mocha Girls are an all-female singing and dancing group. They have released 4 albums and toured the Philippines and abroad.
The group was recently in the headlines after they were detained in Malaysia for work permit issues. They were detained on September 4 and released September 10. – Rappler.com