'Drag Race Philippines' queens give mythology new meaning at Opulence Ball
MANILA, Philippines — Drag queens who competed on the reality competition show "Drag Race Philippines" had distinct interpretations about the 2023 Opulence Halloween Ball's theme of mythology and folklore.
The ball, co-produced by Mond Gutierrez and Ashe Rye, was held at Taguig's Marquis Events Place yesterday, making a return since its 2019 inception.
Season 1 runner-up Marina Summers told members of the media, including Philstar.com, during the ball's black carpet that their peg for the event was how mythological figures are perceived today.
"The theme for tonight are myths, Ancient Greeks, goddesses, so doon tayo sa naabutan natin — mga rebulto at statue na," Marina said, posing up and down the carpet as if they were a stone figure.
WATCH: “Drag Race Philippines” Season 1 runner-up Marina Summers says their inspiration for tonight’s outfit is mythological gods as we know them today — statues and sculptures. @PhilstarShowbiz @PhilstarNews @PhilstarStyle pic.twitter.com/EClKOOkFRP
Marina explained that their statue-inspired look was also a reflection of drag as an art.
"Alam natin today lahat magga-gandahan. Siyempre as an artist, a drag artist, we want to go the art way and direction," Marina explained. "Why not do something sculptural?"
Season 2 joint 3rd-placer M1ss Jade So went the daring route with an outfit made out of neon rosaries, from headpiece to fingers, with red tassels.
M1ss Jade introduced her look as "the female Jesus" and dubbed herself "Goddessa."
WATCH: “Drag Race Philippines” Season 2 contestant OV Cunt says their outfit is a Halloween dig at Tessa Prieto-Valdes’ “This is trash!” comment to them during the show. @PhilstarShowbiz @PhilstarStyle @PhilstarNews pic.twitter.com/klRGi1h2qv
Another Season 2 contestant ØV Cünt wore a red-fabric based outfit and a golden headpiece, which they explained was a Halloween dig at Tessa Prieto-Valdes' "This is trash!" comment to them during the show when the latter was a guest judge.
"This is a redeeming moment for me. It's giving that 'Ooh! Ah!' sensation, and of course, the headpiece giving Manny Halasan, that realness," ØV added, referring to the jewelry maker.
Marina finished behind Precious Paula