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FHM August 2016 Idol Ann B. Mateo Becomes Our Ultimate Pantaxa

We keep up with the internet challenge sensation and viral superstar
by Chise Alcantara | Aug 27, 2016
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If you don’t know who Ann B. Mateo is, you’ve probably been hiding in a place where the WiFi couldn’t reach. This girl’s been all over the web.

From her humble beginnings making cameos in music videos, like in Donnalyn Bartolome's "Kakaibabe" to her "Trumpets" Challenge viral video, Ann has come a long way from just being a pretty face we couldn’t pair a name to. Her recent undertaking of the Trumpet Challenge has garnered 1.5 million views and more than 7,000 shares on Facebook as of this writing.

Ann also recently became the “ultimate winner” in the third season of the sexy-reality TV show, Pantaxa, where she participated in challenges with other sexy women that include nude body painting, bottle flaring, and choreographed lesbian love-scenes.

“I feel more confident and sexier after all the challenges. Talagang mapu-push ka sa limits mo,” she shares. 

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We’ve worked with Ann more than a couple of times now and we must say that even though she’s matured into quite a fine woman, she has still kept her bubbly down-to-earth personality. Even when faced with hateful comments and bashers, she handles the downsides of Internet fame only a true Queen B. can.

Ann’s response to her bashers in the comment
section of her Juicy Wiggle FB Video

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. 

What got into your head when you decided to audition for Pantaxa Season 3?
Actually it was Viva who asked me to come at their office saying that they had a project for me. I had no idea that it was an audition. I got the result on the same day. Ang sabi, pasok daw ako. Tuwang-tuwa naman ako pero hindi ko alam pa rin kung saan ako pasok, ha ha! I asked them what the title of the show was and they told me it was Pantaxa Season 3. I really didn’t know what it was about so they explained that it was a sexy reality TV show and I was so shocked. I didn’t know if I should have been happy or pressured since pasexy-han siya.

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But you won!
When I decided to join the contest, I just left all my worries behind. Our taping location was at Pagudpod, Ilocos Norte for a whole week. Sobrang layo. Isang buong araw ang biyahe, so pagdating sa location start na kaagad ng challenges. We had to tape four or more challenges every day. Nakakapagod talaga at nakaka-pressure. Hindi naman ako ang pinaka-sexy, pinakamaganda, at pinakamagaling sa mga challenges pero ako ang may pinakamahaba ang pasensya because I never thought of quitting. I started to feel comfortable on the set and eventually naging kaibigan ko na rin silang lahat.

What was the most difficult part of the show for you?
It was probably the sex scene with Anya Aragon since it was my first time to be that intimate with a girl. I was shaking while on the set. The hosts, staff, and cameramen were all watching and it was super uncomfortable. Luckily, I managed to take my time to internalize.


Would you say that the show taught you a lot of things about yourself and sexuality in general?
The most important thing that I learned on the show was to believe in myself. Don't think about quitting. About my sexuality? I don't know, maybe I learned that I can be a girl in bed? Ha ha!

What did you learn from the hosts/mentors, Maui Taylor and Katya Santos?
They were so fun to work with because they were so nice. They gave me a lot of tips that I can apply when I work on my future projects but what I remember the most was when they told us, “Love your work, kailangan passionate ka, so you can give your best shot in every way.”

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Future projects…like more dance challenges?
Uy! Meron akong bago ah! Yung Juicy Wiggle, ha ha! Definitely! Let's do all the challenges!

It does seem like you enjoy doing those videos as much as we enjoy watching you!
I really do love dancing. I was in a dance troupe back then in high school. My sister and I even enrolled in a ballet class together. But I do realize that dancing isn't my forte but I just love to dance and that's why I made the "Trumpets" Challenge. It was super fun!

But how do you feel about those bashers on Facebook?
When I posted the video, I really did expect to receive comments. Good thing I'm not the type of person who easily gets affected by haters. I really don't care about them. I just do what I want to do and I post what I want to post. I just tell them that if they don't like me then just don’t watch. Eh yung iba naka-follow pa talaga para mang-bash so natatawa na lang talaga ako, ha ha!

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Other than Facebook, we’ve noticed that you’ve been really active on Twitch, the video-game streaming site.
I’ve always really loved playing horror games since I was a kid so when Twitch offered me to become a partner I took it as a chance to play scary games with my fans! While streaming I really tend to concentrate more on interacting with my viewers to the point na tipong hindi na ako natatakot dahil pinagtatawanan lang namin ng viewers yung gameplay. 

How did you prepare to stream?
I watched and studied how other streamers communicate with their viewers and more importantly how they make their viewers stay. Mahirap din naman kasi dahil parang hahatiin mo yung utak mo sa paglalaro and pakikipag-interact.

So now that you’re a successful streamer, do you have any advice for players who want to try it?
Just be yourself, don’t be pressured to become someone you’re not. Just stay positive whatever happens on your stream channel. Then you’ll infect your whole stream with good vibes and it’ll be fun! It’s my favorite thing about streaming. I love meeting a lot of new people online because I get to know those people who really support me and get to know them better as well.

Photography Jerferson Permejo  Styling J-Em Sta. Ana  Produced by Gelo Gonzales  Swimwear by Pixie Flair Shop  Lingeries by KrateTheLabel Special thanks to Patrick Natividad

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