After an exciting two months of Pinoy-flavored mini and maxi challenges, fierce runway looks, and regular doses of drama, Precious Paula Nicole bested 11 other Filipino drag queens to become the Philippines’ first-ever Drag Race Superstar.
The hit global drag phenomenon “Drag Race Philippines” historic first season premiered on August 17, 2022, on discovery+, HBO GO, and WOW Presents Plus featuring 12 of the fiercest, most fabulous Filipino drag artists from all over the world competing for the crown.
The Precious Bicolana Queen and member of the drag group “Divine Divas”, first entered the werk room in a campy ensemble reflective of her playful personality. From the beginning of the competition, she showcased true creativity, uniqueness, nerve, and talent which helped her gain the title of president and number one competitor at the Ru-lections. Her ‘Regine Velasquez’ performance garnered praise from the “Asia’s Songbird” herself during the OPM Divas: The Rusical and her Pearl of the Orient Seas look proved that she could serve eleganza extravaganza. Quickly enough, Precious Paula Nicole became a crowd favorite especially when her heart shone through during Twinning! as she transformed her youngest brother into a drag queen. She not only showcased the best of Pinoy drag but also embodied the Filipino spirit of unconditional love and dedication to family.
“Life is precious and so are we. Let’s continue to inspire and let’s continue to love”, said Precious Paula Nicole in the finale of “Drag Race Philippines” Season One.
The other finalists also served their remarkable talent and tenacity. Eva Le Queen, best known for her Snatch Game performance as comedian Rufa Mae Quinto, brought out the Tampalpukean in every viewer, gaining the respect of many for her poise and wisdom. Marina Summers, a fan-favorite who served sultry summer looks, charmed the country with her wit and humor. Finally, Xilhouete, a respectable drag mother to many, wow-ed the fans with not just couture-inspired looks but also her determination and will to be worthy of one of the spots in the finale.
In the finale, viewers were welcomed by the S1 queens of “Drag Race Philippines” and an electric performance by “Drag Race Philippines” host, Paolo Ballesteros. The Miss Congeniality title was bestowed to Lady Morgana before the final four showdowns. Kicking off the final lip sync battles were Eva Le Queen and Precious Paula Nicole followed by Marina Summers and Xilhouete. It ultimately came down to Precious Paula Nicole and Marina Summers who performed Sirena by Gloc-9 for the crown. Precious Paula Nicole secured her victory, receiving a one-year supply of ONE/SIZE beauty cosmetics by Patrick Starrr and 1,000,000 pesos powered by Kumu.
With its healthy dose of creativity, ingenuity, and drama, the first season of “Drag Race Philippines” has garnered global attention. Though the season may have ended, fans can rewatch all episodes on discovery+, HBO Go, and WOW Presents Plus.
“Drag Race Philippines” is produced in the Philippines by Fullhouse Asia Production Studios, Inc in conjunction with World of Wonder Productions, Inc. Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, and RuPaul Charles serve as executive producers on the series.
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