This article was published on October 1st, 2012
Since competing on RuPaul’s Drag Race, Manila Luzon’s life has been turned upside down, inside-out and spun round-and-round. All in a good way that is. The super-star drag queen has been busy with helping with charity events, performing across North America and working on her music career. It’s exhausting just thinking about it.
“I find that with my new found reality television ‘celebrity’ status I can help by raising awareness to the causes,” Manila said as she described how she’s been involved in helping out LGBT organizations since the show. “I have done events with AIDS Service Center NYC, Gay Mens Health Crisis, hosted for the GLAAD Amplifier Awards, and I’ve filmed a Gilead PSA with some fellow cast mates from Drag Race.”
Last year Manila put out her single, Hot Couture, and as a follow-up, she recently released XXXcessory, which she co-wrote with the tour keyboardist for Blondie.
“The video has the kids going crazy,” Manila exclaimed. “I’m releasing remixes very soon and I’m really excited because the original version of the song is great, but the remix are SICK’NING!”
Manila spend part of her summer filming with MTV for an episode of Made, where she coaches a young man to become a drag queen. The show will be coming out this fall.
It was announced this summer that Manila will be returning to RuPaul’s Drag Race for the All Star’s series.
“I had such a fun ride from my experience on Season 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Manila said. “To have the extremely rare opportunity to do it all over again is beyond measure.”
Strategy is a key part of any reality TV show and clearly Manila went into Season 3 with a plan. But what about for All Star’s?
“My strategy was to do what worked from my first time and that is just to be myself and have fun doing it,” Manila confirmed. She was careful not to give away any of the show secrets – so watch as the action unfolds on upcoming episodes.
Most of Manila’s work centers on her performances. She spends a lot of time on the road, performing in clubs, Pride festivals and LGTB events.
“I love going to Prides everywhere, but NYC Pride is always my favorite,” Manila explained. “NYC is my home, and it’s so amazing to ride down the parade route before millions of parade watchers! This latest NYC Pride was especially awesome! I was on the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) float with Lisa Lampanelli.
“On stage… or on someone’s lap!” Manila cheekily replied.
Coming up this Friday, October 5, Manila will be making a second appearance in Vancouver as she returns for TFD Presents ICON at Post Modern nightclub in Gastown. Tickets are currently on sale for $20 at Priape and Little Sisters.
“I am super exited to come back because the last time I was [in Vancouver], was last summer Pride,” Manila said. “I has such a fun time and the city is so cool!”
On Monday, October 1, 2012, Manila suddenly and unexpectedly lost her partner, Saraha Davenport. Manila will not be coming to Vancouver as originally planned, however two other contestants from RuPauls drag race, Carmen Carrera & Jiggly Calliente, will be coming in her place. If you have tickets they are still valid and will be honored for the Friday night event.
Event promoter, TFD Presents, announced this night shall also celebrate the life of Sahara’s, and her hit, Pump With Me!, will be played in her honour.