‘Drag Race Philippines’ queens channel Filipino folklore for ‘Shake, Rattle, and Rampa’ runway

Published August 25, 2022, 10:24 AM

by John Legaspi

Serving glamour and gore

Halloween comes early this year as “Drag Race Philippines” contestants merge glamour and gore. For the show’s third episode’s runway, host Paolo Ballesteros announced that the category is “Shake, Rattle, and Rampa,” a nod to the classic Filipino horror anthology film series. As per usual, the queens didn’t disappoint when it comes to serving sickening looks inspired by Philippine folklore. Here’s how some of them interpreted the runway theme.


Her eyes are, well, everywhere. Brigiding presented on the runway her take on Dalikamata. The Visayan diwata is described as a clairvoyant with thousands of eyes all around her body.

(Brigiding wearing a Russell Tero Villafuerte creation | Photo by Bry Rivera)

Viñas DeLuxe

It is said that the manananggal can grow wings and divide itself in half during a full moon. On the runway, Viñas not only presented a campy take on the aswang but also brought the full moon with her. 

(Viñas DeLuxe wearing an Ian Cartalaba creation)

Precious Paula Nicole

Precious Paula Nicole served a haunting interpretation of the tiyanak with her being the mother of the young creature. The overall presentation was beyond just for scaring as its back story brought the judges to tears.

(Precious Paula Nicole wearing Patrick Isorena | Photo by Charvin Valdez Torne)

Marina Summers

Serving fish in a different way, Marina Summers donned a look mirroring the siyokoy, a local term for merfolk. The ensemble showcased a handpainted corset, sculpted design elements, and a flowy cape for added drama.

(Marina Summers weaning Carl John Miranda | Photo by Christian King)

“Drag Race Philippines”’ third episode dubbed “Pop Off Ate!” is now available for streaming on HBO Go.

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