Guess what? I think I’m in love with a drag queen.
For the past few days, I’ve been watching some of Manila Luzon’s videos on Youtube. I think I’ve seen almost half of the videos uploaded at her personal Youtube account. I’ve also seen some of her amazing performances as shared by her fans. How I envy them because they get to see him perform live!
I am talking about Karl Westerberg a.k.a. Manila Luzon from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Yes, he/she is a Filipino!
I first heard about Manila Luzon’s achievements through a gay friend. There was a time when I fell in love with the boys of Kazaky. I joined this Facebook group, where I met more Filipino fans of the Ukrainian dance group. One member shared a video of Manila Luzon’s ‘Hot Couture’. The song is so catchy that I ended up playing the video a lot of times. Some shared the video on Youtube. I don’t get why I haven’t really heard about Manila Luzon’s achievement via Philippine print media. Her talent and creativity is something to be proud of!
Manila Luzon is already a star in the US of A. I stumbled upon her name on Twitter the other week when some of her fans were sending condolences. Upon checking, I found out that Sahara Davenport (boyfriend of Manila Luzon) passed away due to heart failure.
Just like Manila Luzon, Sahara Davenport is also a drag queen and a versatile performer. I love his song ‘Pump With Me‘ (where ‘Karl’ appeared as one of the male back-up dancers). I know that it is a hard time for Karl, but I know that he can surpass this challenge especially now that he’s got a lot of gigs to attend to and he is back in RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. Manila Luzon is the runner up of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3.
I would like to share some of my favorite Lip sync performances of Manila Luzon from her gigs. She is my queen! <3
Manila Luzon does Donna Summer’s MacArthur Park
I can say that this is Manila Luzon’s signature song after she ousted Delta Work in the ‘Lip Sync of Your Life’ segment of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3. You can check the original battle video here. Pak na Pak lang!
Manila Luzon’s I’m Every Woman
I love her Pineapple Dress the most (inspired from Lara Quigaman’s Miss International stint) and she is really fabulous in this performance! She truly knows how to act like a real diva! Ganda Ganda ni ateh ditey!
Manila Luzon as Kylie Minoque for Get Outta My Way
Kylie Minogue is really a gay icon that’s why I am not surprised that Manila Luzon included a Kylie hit in his performance line-up. Get all the tips from the fans and throw it onstage. ‘Yan ang dramatic!
Manila Luzon singing Click Flash and Touch My Body
Just watch the video and be amazed with her beauty and sexiness. <3
As of writing, Manila Luzon is set to appear in RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. I am hoping to watch this show, but Velvet Philippines is not yet done with RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 4. Hahayz T_T
Manila Luzon also released two songs with fantabulous videos: HOT COUTURE and BEST XXXCESSORY.
^ video for Hot Couture. Also featuring Filipino drag queen Jiggly Caliente from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 4. I love Manila’s outfits and fierceness and yeah… Baby Manila with Inay <3
^ video for BEST XXXCESSORY. I have mixed feelings about the video. I love her outfits and the inspiration for the video, but the best part is her ‘proposal’ to Sahara Davenport. I guess this serves as a tribute now. Sigh.
Support Manila Luzon in her upcoming gigs, music ventures and many more! Buy her songs on iTunes and Amazon, watch her shows (I wanna see her perform live! bring her to the Philippines or anywhere in Southeast Asia!) and support her upcoming endeavors! I love you Manila! <3