The Mocha Girls and I have been touring different parts of the world. We’ve performed several times in Dubai, Bahrain, Guam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Cambodia, etc. It seems everywhere we go, there are Filipinos. During our tour, we were so happy to meet fellow Filipinas who follow the Mocha Girls on Facebook and Twitter. They enjoyed our performances and were also proud of us because even their expat friends were impressed. But most of all, we are more proud of these Filipinas – working abroad away from their families. International companies hire Filipinos because of our confidence in our competence. We value our work, take pride in our jobs and strive to do our best. We are hard workers. We’re also well versed in both written and spoken English. We can easily comprehend instructions, can work lengthy hours and deliver results. We are the world’s finest!
The Mocha Girls and I want to uplift Filipinas all over the world through our music. There have been songs written about patriotism and devotion to our country such as NOYPI (Bamboo), PINOY AKO (Orange and Lemons), etc. But why hasn’t there been any song about PINAYS? Then came the birth of “PINAY AKO”.
“PINAY AKO” was written and composed by award-winning composer Francisco “Kix” Salazar. It’s an empowering song for Filipino women of our generation. We chose this as our 3rd album’s title to emphasize “girl power”. Since March is Women’s Month, we decided to make a music video for PINAY AKO as a tribute to all the Filipinas. Our director Joey de Guzman, the management and I brainstormed about what would be the best symbol for the video. Joey is a Filipino film student based in New Zealand. He said that Filipinos abroad feel proud whenever they see the Philippine Flag or its symbols on TV. We thought it was a good idea so we wore Philippine Flag inspired jackets on our music video.
After shooting the video, we were surprised to find out in the news that the NHI (National Historical Institute) wanted to call for us. The official said that we disrespected the Philippine flag in our music video. He also noticed my Philippine Flag inspired body paint on our 2012 calendar and said it was disrespectful. He said he’s afraid that the youth will imitate us because we’re TOO sexy. NHI wanted to call for us to explain our actions or else we’ll be fined or put in jail.
They want to penalize us and put us in jail because we’re TOO sexy? Why is it ok for Manny Pacquiao to wear Philippine flag jackets, shirts, shorts, etc. and we can’t? Is it because we’re TOO sexy? I don’t understand this double standard. Please don’t be too quick to judge us. Watch the video first. We just want to promote patriotism and love for our country. This video is dedicated to all the hard-working Pinays. Happy Women’s Month!