Filipino-American drag queen Manila Luzon, who rose to fame as a runner-up in the reality competition “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” tackled LGBT acceptance in the country during a virtual press conference on Wednesday (June 16).
The Fil-Am artist, who is now working under her new Filipino talent management group Cornerstone Entertainment, praised Filipino hospitality.
“The Filipino people are so fabulous and welcoming. I don’t know how anyone walks down the street without being invited in for some food,” she said in an interview.
Manila also added that the Philippines is “on the right track for more acceptance and loving each other,” especially for the LGBT community. Noting that many Filipinos are raised with conservative values, she pointed out that religion should be used to teach people to be more welcoming of others.
“We’re taught with our religion to love each other and that’s what it’s all about. I think we all have the capabilities of loving everyone around us,” Manila said.
Meanwhile, Manila advised those who were still struggling with their identities to be true to themselves.
“I know it’s hard but come to terms with it yourself and then everything will fall into place. Once you accept and love yourself, everything around you just happens,” she said.
She expressed her excitement to come back to the Philippines.
“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 said.
"The drag scene in the Philippines needs the attention, the attention it deserves,” said Manila.
There have been a lot of reports about a Filipino version of the hit RuPaul's Drag Race franchise. While there have been no official confirmations, she promises she'll be there in a heartbeat if the show ever did come to the Philippines.
Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.
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