The 2018 DLSU Masters Award Ceremony was smooth sailing last February 29. Hardly a hair was out of place throughout the entire procession, and the amount of star power on display in campus was truly noteworthy. With every notable politician and celebrity involved, everyone who was anyone had a place there. However, all the glitter and gold could not outshine the star of the day’s event.
In she came, the blogger Margaux ‘Mocha’ Uson herself, dressed in attire one could call professional yet stylish enough for the event. Smiling as she strode down the rows of seats to her designated space, casually throwing a wave here and there for the sake of her fans and photographers alike. The LaSallian press team poised, with the intention of recording and hanging on to every word that would come out of her mouth.
Mocha Uson, for all her hard work, received the prestigious DLSU Masters honorary award in the recent awarding. The Assistant Secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) was the clear candidate to receive recognition due to the professional and extraordinary nature of the work she’s done over the year–heavily akin to the three pillars of a Lasallian: Faith, Service, and Communion. “As the renowned and refined institution De la Salle University is, it would be a dishonor to ignore the refined, professional talent that is Margaux ‘Mocha’ Uson,” said University representative Willard Llong in his opening speech before welcoming her onto the podium.
The crowd erupted into applause as soon as her name was called. Mocha, donning one of the most fabulous dresses in the country, humbly glided down the aisle and onto the stage. Alan Cayetano was even caught shedding a few tears somewhere in the crowd.
Straight from the master’s mouth
“I would like to express my gratitude for having received this award,” Mocha said. “There is hardly anyone more deserving, and I would like to commend the board of awards in De a Salle University for having made the right decision.”
“The road travelled to have gotten to this point was truly hard to travel,” she continued. “Life was hard to me, and I am so proud of myself for having overcome all the struggles life has put in front of me.”
“To all of the people who have supported me, however, I am proud of you all. I assure you that I am a worthy candidate to back, no matter the cause. I won’t let you down.”
She descended the stage and the ceremony ended. Celebrities and politicians flocked to her side to shake her hand and grab the odd snap alongside DLSU’s newly crowned Masters Awardee. Many had kind words to say about the inspiring figure, and were happy to share their thoughts in the high of the celebration.
“I’ve always been a fan of hers. She’s just wonderfully sexy and when she dances—wowza—how can you not have the hots for that woman?” primetime celebrity bida-superstar Matteo Jibblo said afterwards.
Presidential Vice-Secretary of state Bingo Pompelado, also had some words of praise for Ms. Uson. He, throwing his hands up in the air to signify his awe, said “She’s just so incredibly talented. She’s gone into many fields in her career—singing, dancing, blogging, politics—she can do it all!”
“We’ve been meaning to make a statement backing the Duterte Administration for a while now,” said Bro. Judas, DLSU’s Chief Logistics Officer, standing towards the end of the stage. “The government subsidies would do wonders for the campus. We’re looking at adding up to 30 floors to the Henry Sy building! The possibilities are endless.”
Nevertheless, the appraisal and admiration was no competition to the opportunities and new career choices for the blogger. Important figures could be seen crowding the blogger, near to engulfing the woman with the simultaneous talking and generous offerings they were doing. Exclusive interviews and lengthy feature articles were only among some of the following many.
In an instance, we got close enough to Uson, requesting for an interview on how drastically her life had changed for the better, only to be politely turned down. “Sorry, dear,” Mocha apologized, “My calendar is extremely loaded and I’ve been scheduled to do a Time’s’ “Person of the Year” shoot on that specific day.”
She did however, manage to leave us with some bullet quotes before leaving, “It just goes to show that hard work really does pay off. When I was younger, I never considered being a blogger would be one of the roads that would take me to high places, but here I am now. I have found my own voice and have learned how to use it. And use it well I did,” Mocha continued with a joke, “My future’s looking so bright, I’ll have to start wearing shades!”
What a Lasallian can learn
Perhaps being one of the most important occurrences in the timeline of DLSU’s illustrious history, another Lasallian brother also had a handful to say regarding the ongoing event. “Life is quite easy if you think about it. We realized that openly criticizing any avid supporter of Duterte and his current governance will only hinder, if not, completely block us from getting to work with wonderful people like Margaux Uson,” he said, choosing to stay anonymous.
Uson wraps things up with genuine emotion and sentiment. “Things are finally looking up. From the many accusations of sloppy journalism and fake news against me, I am grateful for those challenges. It has only helped me build a tough face and helped me get used to holding my head high even in the midst of the most difficult moments.”
“I mean, everyone’s bound to have a mix-up, right? It doesn’t make me any less of a writer if I wrongly state that Mayon Volcano is in Naga City, which is right, when you consider Article 263 of the Philippine Constitution. Well, you get the point,” she says.
Concluding the awarding ceremony not with a whimper, but with a bang, Uson addressed the crowd. A true vision of glamour and grace. The perfect picture of hard work paying off and granting a mass of rewards in the end.
“Everyone makes mistakes and even the greatest of writers fall into this category, but these are only mountains given to us that we must climb,” Margaux concluded, eyes shining with pure gratitude and pride. The positive emotion and mood was evidently contagious among the crowd of faithful fans as she leaves DLSU headed nowhere else but Naga.