Source: Cornerstone Entertainment
Sashaying into the hearts of Philippine TV Media, Manila Luzon is hosting the first-ever Filipino drag queen competition aptly titled “Drag Den.” In her latest social media announcement, the two-time RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars competitor tweeted: “It’s time to lace up, Pilipinas! You wanted a drag cartel? We heard you, and we’re making it MAJOR! The first-ever drag reality show in the Philippines is finally here, and I’m running the show!”
The details regarding the show’s format have yet to be announced, but an official profile for the project teased that it would be a “fierce and fabulous” journey with Manila Luzon at the helm. Emerging as a fan-favorite and a frontrunner for RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3 back in 2011, Manila Luzon returned to compete on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 1 and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4, where she quickly cemented herself as a fan-favorite competitor for her ace acting skills and jaw-dropping fashions.
Her new show, “Drag Den,” is not affiliated with the main RuPaul’s Drag Race franchise or its production company, World of Wonder, in any way. But seeing that Manila Luzon is hosting the show, then good things are bound to happen. The first season of Drag Den joins Canadas’ recently announced Call Me Mother presented by season 9 drag queen Peppermint and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK season 1 competitor Crystal. These shows have become the latest non-Drag Race pageants set to launch in the near future, proving the popularity of the format and the emergence of drag in mainstream media.
RuPaul’s Drag Race continues to expand its global reign as World of Wonder also announced last Thursday that Drag Race Italia season 1 is coming our way. RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 6 is also currently airing new episodes every Thursday on Paramount+.
Drag Den Philippines is set to spark a light of pride and positivity within Philippine media, and the show seems to be pulling out all the stops. “Ganda ka? Dragdagulan na!” goes the tagline of the upcoming program, produced by Cornerstone Studios and Project 8 Projects and directed by Rod Singh. As the producers teased, Drag Den will be “crowning soon,” and fans are eagerly awaiting more announcements to be made.
Manila Luzon has had a very exciting drag career in recent years, and as she takes on this new hosting role in her home country, she couldn’t be any more proud of how far she has truly come. As the Philippines finds its newest face of drag, Manila Luzon will be there every step of the way, and fans can’t wait to see whoever “shantays and stays”, or whoever “sashays away.”
As the release date comes closer, more and more information will become readily available to the public. For now, to satiate that drag race fix, the current sixth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars is in full-swing, with more and more exciting surprises along the way. There’s a whole lot of drag for everyone, and there will soon be more in the near future.