Source: Cornerstone Ent
There is a new drag race in town, and Manila Luzon is taking the lead.
Highly acclaimed Filipino drag artist and Rupaul’s Drag Race queen is set to create rainbows and spark a revolution as she hosts the Philippines’ first drag queen competition series entitled Drag Den, the superstar announced on social media.
“It’s time to lace up, Pilipinas! You wanted a drag cartel? We heard you, and we’re making it MAJOR!” the two-time RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars queen posted on Twitter. “The first-ever drag reality show in the Philippines is finally here, and I’m running the show!”
After going back and forth in the Philippine drag scene over the years, Manila Luzon is now committed to bringing the trade towards the center stage. Years have passed, and society has caught up to the times, becoming more welcoming to the art of drag. Together with Cornerstone Entertainment, this multi-nationally recognized drag queen, recording artist, comedian, and reality television personality is setting the bar high for drag queens across the country.
“Well, it’s about time. I don’t know why it took a Filipino-American to start bringing attention to the drag scene in the Philippines, but if I have to do it, I will do it,” Manila Luzon said in her welcome address at a virtual press conference on Wednesday, June 16.
A drag show in the Philippines will definitely change the game for many drag queens across the country, giving these talented artists the voice and platform they deserve. On top of that, it shall pave the way for greater support and acceptance for the drag community.
Luzon did not reveal details regarding the show’s format, but one thing is for sure for this trailblazing television series: it is going to be fierce and fabulous with Luzon navigating its ropes. “The drag scene in the Philippines needs the attention, the attention it deserves,” she shared. “Hopefully, with my help, we can bring more attention to the drag scene in the Philippines and open people’s minds to how fabulous a drag show can be and that it’s an art form and drag queens are multifaceted, talented artists and creators, and performers, and make-up artists and fashion designers. We do it all, and it’s something that’s really impressive, and I don’t think a lot of people know how much work goes into it,” she continued.
Although Manila Luzon is hosting, Drag Den is not affiliated with Rupaul’s Drag Race franchise or its production company, World of Wonder. Nonetheless, the emerging powerhouse aims to establish a major breakthrough in the Filipino drag scene.
“It’s been a dream of mine to come back to the Philippines in a bigger way and do bigger projects,” Luzon said. “Of course, I’m a drag queen, so I think I’m fabulous, but how much more fabulous is it if I’m surrounding myself with some of the most beautiful and talented queens in the Philippines?” she added.
The release date and streaming platform of Drag Den are yet to be announced, but the producers already teased that the program is “crowning soon.”