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21 Sep 2022

Drag Race Philippines: Episode 7: The re-cap

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Need some more Drag Race in your life? Drag Race Philippines is breathing fresh life into the franchise.

Are you up to speed? Let’s get into it.

The mini challenge

This week’s mini challenge was a photoshoot.

It was a bit of a messy assignment – get into quick-drag for a nude illusion photoshoot.

A drag nude-illusion takes some time, it would have made more sense to do a nude photoshoot out of drag. But what we got was everyone looking fairly rough.

It was a group photo, with the winner being the one who stood out the most.

Minty was declared the winner.

The Runway

This week was a ball, requiring two looks.

The first look was opulent shopping, while the second was a design challenge using unconventional materials.


  • Brigiding: Brigiding’s first look took inspiration from the 80s combined with a bit of rich girl klepto. The design challenge look was cute – colourful and bright and cohesive.
  • Marina: Marina gave us Crazy Rich Asians for her first look. Her design challenge look was successful – she used colourful fans to create shape and proportion in a put-together look.
  • Minty: Mingty gave us a pop-princess going shopping in animal print for the first look, and then the design challenge she used lots of different patterns in a colour-block technique to create something that looked quite fashion.
  • Precious: The first look from Precious was a bit underwhelming, she was wearing an overcoat and carrying lots of LV bags. The second look was a successful use of colour and shape and got the job done.
  • Viñas: I didn’t really get the first look that Vinas presented – it was a comedic parody of a character that host Pao has played on television. The design challenge look was a lot of stuff stuck together and overwhelmed her a bit.
  • Xilhouette: Xilhouette gave us regal Asian empress for her first look, and then for the second look used leopard-print paper to successfully create a structured dress.
  • Eva: Eva’s first look was cute – a white power-suit with a massive white hat. The design challenge look was less successful – she’d ambitiously tried to create and paint a statement garment but the results weren’t great.


The Judging

Brigiding was declared safe.

In the top were Xilhouette, Minty, and Marina. Minty was declared the winner.

In the bottom were Precious, Eva, and Vinas. Precious was safe, leaving Eva and Vinas in the Bottom 2.

The Lip-sync

The track was Born Naked by RuPaul.

Maybe the production team are contracted to include a certain number of RuPaul tracks in this series. You wouldn’t choose this one unless you had to.

Vinas seemed to be at a disadvantage from the beginning – her injured foot seemed to make it impossible for her to move.

Eva brought a lot of enthusiasm to her performance – there was a wig reveal, a crunchy cartwheel, and a lot of movement around the stage. It wasn’t the most polished performance from Eva but there was definitely a lot of energy.

Can’t quite believe that we’re saying goodbye to Vinas but it wasn’t a surprise when Eva was safe and Vinas eliminated.

Episode 7, done!

The challenge
This week’s challenge was a performance challenge – everyone assigned a different character to play in a beauty pageant.
We have seen this style of challenge before in other versions of the franchise and it’s probably not my favourite – it chews up a lot of time and isn’t hugely entertaining to watch.
Perhaps the highlight of this was getting to see more choreo rehearsals with the formidable Sir Gerald – you can feel how intimidated the cast are by him.
Overall, everyone seemed to do okay. Precious and Marina were the clear standouts.
The Runway
The category this week was Pink.
Morgana: Morgana gave us a weird asymmetrical bodysuit with an elaborate headdress. The headdress was kind of interesting, but as an overall look it was a bit confusing.
Minty: Minty looked gorgeous – an extravagant cloud of fuchsia fabric that was a celebration of the vagina.
Precious: Precious was a pink horse. It was a cute concept but the execution felt a little messy.
Xilhouette: This was a strong look from Xilhouette – a power cocktail dress that would be right at home on the set of Dynasty. It was understated – for a Drag Race runway – but it did the job.
Marina: I really liked this from Marina, channelling Westwood to create a English lady in her garden. It was pink, it was fashion, and it looked stunning.
Viñas: Viñas gave us a nightgown look, complete with face-mask and hair-rollers. She was going for a comedic look, but it somehow didn’t work. It made her look dowdy, not sexy or fashion or runway-worthy.
Brigiding: Brigiding looked cute – it was an explosion of pink tulle paired with statement patent black thigh-high boots and gloves.
Eva: Eva looked to Mugler for inspiration, giving us a metallic pink bodysuit and a flowy cape. It wasn’t groundbreaking, but it was a clean look.
The Judging
Safe were Eva and Minty.
In the top were Xilhouette, Precious, and Marina. Marina was declared the winner, which seemed fair enough.
In the bottom were Brigiding, Morgana, and Vinas. Vinas was safe, leaving Brigiding and Morgana in the Bottom 2.
The Lip-sync
The track was Ate Sandali by Maris Rascal.
This is a fun, upbeat track with plenty of personality.
The energy of this song was a better fit for Brigading – she was able to strip down into a performance outfit and deliver a performance with plenty of attitude.
Morgana was solid but never really looked comfortable in this performance.
It was no surprise when Brigiding was safe and Morgana was elimianted.
Episode 5, done!

What's life like for LGBTQ people in the Philippines?

What’s life like for LGBTQ people in the Philippines? Let’s take a look at some of the key equality indicators.

Is homosexuality legal in the Philippines?

Yes. Same-sex sexual activity is legal.

Are there anti-discrimination protections in place for LGBTQ people in the Philippines?

There are some anti-discrimination protections place, but further work needs to be done to implement comprehensive protections against discrimination on the grounds of sexuality.

Is there Marriage Equality in the Philippines?

No. There is no legal recognition of same-sex relationships. Marriage is specifically limited to opposite-sex couples.

What’s life like for LGBTQ people in the Philippines?

In general, the Philippines is a fairly welcoming and accepting place in relation to LGBTQ people.

However, there is quite a lot of variation in the experience of LGBTQ people. Some parts of the country are very religious, and homophobia is frequently encountered.

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