Mocha Uson receives UST alumni award for government service

Camille Elemia

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Mocha Uson receives UST alumni award for government service
The University of Santo Tomas Alumni Association formally awards Uson on Sunday, January 21

MANILA, Philippines – The University of Santo Tomas (UST) Alumni Association on Sunday, January 21, awarded Palace Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson the Thomasian Alumni Award for Government Service.

The Varsitarian, UST’s official student publication, posted on Twitter a photo of Uson receiving the award with UST Alumni Association president Henry Tenedero.


The UST Central Student Council (CSC) denounced the decision to give Uson the award, saying that “she does not, in any way, embody the ideals of a real Thomasian.”

Born Margaux Justiniano Uson, she gained popularity as the leader of the Mocha Girls, an all-female dance group. She also previously gave sex tips in a series of online videos.

Uson earned a degree in medical technology from UST, then attended medical school in the same university for two years before dropping out to pursue a career in the music industry.

She is a rabid supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte. The dancer-turned-government-official is accused of spreading propaganda and misinformation on her social media accounts. (READ: Mocha Uson: Fake news victim or fake news peddler?)

Uson has also called on Duterte’s supporters to slam mainstream media, which she calls “presstitutes.” (READ: What is Mocha Uson’s top source of news?–

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Camille Elemia

Camille Elemia is a former multimedia reporter for Rappler. She covered media and disinformation, the Senate, the Office of the President, and politics.