“Drag Race Philippines” Pops off in Its First-Ever Season Finale

“Drag Race Philippines” Pops off in Its First-Ever Season Finale

BRB, missing this Wednesday habit already



Let me ask the gays, gals and theys: are we okay? It’s been a hot minute since the Drag Race Philippines finale, and we’re still pretty much reeling from the tight competish. ICYMI (or you’ve been living under a rock), precious, delicious and ambitious Precious Paula Nicole takes the crown as the first-ever Filipino Drag Race Philippines superstar. She also rushed to greet the first-ever iPhone 14 buyer in the country—safe to say that Miss Thang’s already booked and busy. Meanwhile, Marina Summers relinquishes the title of the Filipinah Winnah after a lip sync smackdown, but still managed to prove to us why she’s still one of the baddest bitches in the game.


Host Paolo Ballesteros—fondly known as Mawma Pao—also takes her shot at lip syncing with Zsa Zsa Padilla’s Point of No Return. Finally, we reunite with judges Jiggly Caliente, Kaladkaren, Rajo Laurel, Pia Wurtzbach and Jon Santos for the last time.



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Up ahead, we take another trip down memory lane and recap the season finale of Drag Race Philippines.


A return to the runway

Of course, all eight queens make a grand and glamorous return to the Drag Race Philippines runway to witness the final four battle it out for the crown. Prince arrives bearing her iconic shoe and a dress with her coat of arms, Corazon stuns as a showgirl, and Gigi Era appears in an opulent ensemble inspired by her hometown, Davao. Fellow Mindanaoan queen Lady Morgana struts down the stage with an intricate Ruveal, while Divine Diva Viñas Deluxe comes with a red and black ensemble—cast included. Lastly, fellow Divine Diva Brigiding comes out in a lively blue number.


While they all showed up and gave us only the best, we have several picks worth mentioning. For example, Turing’s luscious look is seriously giving Greek-era muse-meets-intergalactic royalty. Not to mention Minty Fresh’s fierce comeback to the catwalk? The silver, black, red and golden color combination honestly sends us to Avatar: The Last Airbender’s Fire Nation—and we’re not complaining.


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Bongga Camp ‘Day!


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The top four queens also bring their A-game in the last episode. Xilhouete pays homage to the undisputed Queen of Camp, Cher. Next, eva Le Queen brings our lumpiang shanghai dreams to life—spicy suka included. Marina Summers lives up to her name with the Sana Marina Corn Tuna ‘fit, complete with three slippers for the winning tumbang preso combo. Finally, precious Paula Nicole goes camp—quite literally—in her Girl Scout Glam complete with a tent skirt. The Salad Day-made dress designed by fellow Viñas Deluxe literally looks camp right in the eye—as she should.


Their Indigenous Extravaganza looks didn’t disappoint either. However, Xilhouete, Eva Le Queen and Marina Summers lean towards highlighting Filipino textiles. But Precious Paula Nicole takes it up a notch by combining Ati-Atihan festival elements with walis tambo materials. No doubt—she won this round.


Murder on the floor


The Precious Paula Nicole vs. Eva Le Queen battle to RuPaul’s Sissy That Walk, despite two surprising reveals from both icons, has PPN emerging victorious. Meanwhile, for Call Me Mother (how apt), Xilhouete goes against her drag daughter. Marina Summers’ first-ever lip sync for Drag Race Philippines shows the world why she’s called a lip sync assassin.


Both battles clearly show which queens get to move on to the last round, which often gets called a murder on the dancefloor. However, Eva Le Queen and Xilhouete show gratitude for the opportunity to make it this far in the show.


A meaningful song for the final lipsync


Precious Paula Nicole and Marina Summers reach the final round in the Drag Race Philippines finale. The tiebreaker to determine the first-ever Filipino Drag Race superstar lies in the hands of a lip sync smackdown to one of the most profound songs in the Philippine queer community: Sirena by Gloc-9 featuring Ebe Dancel.


The song choice isn’t just for Filipino flavor, but a validation of the Filipino queer struggle. While drag isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, there’s no denying that Drag Race Philippines has the power to push the LGBTQIA+ community to the forefront. And why not do it best by closing the season with a song that resonates with the community? After all, the Drag Race Philippines finale doesn’t signal an end—but a beginning of something greater. In effect, it should also enact some semblance of change with how we approach LGBTQIA+ issues and drag as a profession.


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Precious Paula Nicole will also head to Drag Con UK after her crowning glory. As we said, her calendar’s looking full. While we won’t have this Wednesday habit in the meantime, we still have a lot more to look forward to. Case in point: Manila Luzon and Drag Den just woke up. Wink.


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Words MT

Art Matthew Ian Fetalver

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