29 Sep 2022

Drag Race Philippines: Episode 8: The re-cap

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The mini challenge

This week’s mini challenge was the Reading Challenge.

There weren’t many strong reads, as Eva – narrating the entire segment – made clear.

It seemed a clear win to Eva.

The Main Challenge

This week’s main challenge was the make-over challenge – one of the toughest in this format.

Friends and family were brought in.

We had this really weird breakdown from Minty – it made her seem quite cold and unlikable. Even Xilhouette was fairly dismissive of what was going on.

  • Eva: Eva made over her best friend. Eva ticked all the boxes with this and met the assignment. It wasn’t a particularly exciting result, but she got the job done.
  • Brigiding: Brigiding made over her cousin, and it seemed like a really strong result – cute outfits that were clearly in the same family, and great make-up. The judges hated it, as they seem to hate everything that Brigiding does.
  • Xilhouette: Xilhouette made over her partner, who is a model and a seasoned male beauty pageant competitor. The results were good, but Xilhouette had a very easy canvass to work with.
  • Marina: Marina made over her sister. The results were cute but Marina’s sister was super-pretty to begin with and the results were fairly safe.
  • Minty: Mingty (reluctantly) made over her sister. I didn’t really see the connection between their looks and there didn’t seem to be much connection on the runway.
  • Precious: Precious made over her younger brother – who is super-shy about twice the size of Precious. It was obviously really emotional for them to be able to undertake this challenge together. While the make-over results weren’t as polished as the other queens, this family dynamic really embodied what this task was all about.

The Judging

I don’t know about this judging.

Xilhouette was declared the winner. She clearly did well, but she had a pretty easy make-over task. I would have given the win to Precious – it was a much more compelling make-over story.

Eva was safe, which made sense.

The critiques were probably a bit harsh on Marina but she did have a fairly easy make-over task and didn’t really push out of her comfort zone on this challenge.

I thought we’d end up up with Marina and Brigiding in the Bottom 2, but ultimately we’re leaning into the drama of a lip-sync rematch between Brigiding and Minty.

The Lip-sync

The track was Dyosa by Yumi Lacsamana.

This is a fun track with some good energy, personality and some nice highs and lows.

I really liked Brigiding’s performance in this – if I only had one dollar to tip, I would have given it to her – but it felt somewhat inevitable that this was the end of the road for Brigiding.

I don’t know why, but it just feels that Brigiding wasn’t being respected by this show. It’s probably best for her own sanity that she leaves now and focuses on continuing to build her career.

Episode 8, 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.