The Philippines is getting its own franchise of RuPaul’s Drag Race and it’s time to meet the host and judges!
In Drag Race Philippines, 12 iconic queens will slay and race to the finish line to be crowned the first Drag Race Superstar from the country.
On the starting line is this season’s host, Paolo Ballesteros. Known as the face of one of the longest-running noontime shows in the Philippines, the multi-awarded actor, model, and drag artist well-known for his stunning makeup transformations will steer the contestants as they battle it out to the end.
Coming from a family of artists, including his great-grandfather, Philippines’ first national artist and painter Fernando Amorsolo, it’s no surprise that Paolo is a talented artist himself. Paolo shows his creativity by posting his makeup transformations to Mariah Carey, Julia Roberts, and other international artists on social media. This gave him attention not only locally but internationally as well. His talents played a pivotal role in his first award-winning lead film Die Beautiful, which garnered local and international acclaim.
A stellar lineup of judges joins Ballesteros for the new series, including American singer, actress, and drag performer, Jiggly Caliente, best known for competing in RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 4 and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 6. Second is writer, presenter, producer, and Karen Davila impersonator, KaladKaren.
Jiggly Caliente was born in Laguna, Philippines, and moved to America at the age of 10. Jiggly also appeared in several films and TV shows including Broad City and Pose.
KaladKaren rose to fame after she impersonated broadcast journalist Karen Davila in a satirical UP show. Since then she has hosted shows on ABS-CBN, such as Philippine versions of The Voice and I Can See Your Voice.
More star-studded guest judge appearances will also be featured this season and will be announced soon.
Who has what it takes to reach new heights, impress the judges, and race to the very top? Keep on the lookout these coming weeks as we reveal the queens battling it out for the title of Drag Race Superstar!
Drag Race Philippines is produced in the Philippines by Fullhouse Asia Production Studios, Inc. in conjunction with World of Wonder Productions, Inc. Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey, Tom Campbell, and RuPaul Charles serve as executive producers on the series.
Fans of the show can catch the premiere of Drag Race Philippines on August 17, 2022, on discovery+ and HBO GO. New episodes will drop every Wednesday.
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