I logged on to my Facebook account while taking a break from work. I was shocked upon reading messages from my news feed that people are posting sympathies on a friend’s page. I haven’t been in touch with him for months now and I felt terribly sorry when I confirmed that Coy Caballes passed away.
I was speechless. All of a sudden, I was sobbing in tears and there’s a little feeling of regret that I didn’t keep in touch with him. In fact, the last chat conversation I had with him had something to do with me stressing him out with some business matters. Magulo. Hindi ko alam. Bakit? Bakit si Coy? Why of all people, ‘yun pang taong walang hinangad kundi tumulong at pasayahin ang mga taong nakapaligid sa kanya?
Last month, Filipinos from different parts of the world rejoiced when Janine Tugonon placed first runner-up in the Miss Universe 2012 Pageant. The truth is, a lot of beauty queen enthusiasts feel that Miss Philippines should’ve won.
While most fans were busy rooting for their favorite beauty queen, I was drafting a tribute post for the Pinay Drag Queens who made it in Rupaul’s Drag Race. No, the show is not about the risky drag racing. It is a show where drag queens are given the opportunity to showcase their talent for the world to see!
I first heard about Rupaul’s Drag Race when an online friend shared the music video ‘Hot Couture’ by Manila Luzon. I instantly feel in love with the video and look for information about this drag queen. Apparently, she placed 1st runner-up in Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 3. She lost to Raja Gemini, who is also Asian (Indonesian). Love the fact that the gaysians invaded the third season!
I admitted on my YearEnder post that the latter part of 2012 was quite rough for me. Instead of traveling or doing something productive, I end up watching Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 2, 3, 4 and the All Stars edition. It is fun to know that the Pinay Drag Queens who were introduced on the show continues to make their loyal fans happy with their gigs!
While beauty queens like Venus Raj, Shamsay Supsup and Janine Tugonon get all the mainstream media attention they deserve, it seems that our internatinally-acclaimed Pinay Drag Queens don’t. Oh well. Let me make the first move and introduce some of the Filipino guys who made it to Rupaul’s Drag Race!
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!
Manila Luzon | Karl Westerberg
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!