For Manila Luzon, it’s been a whirl-wind last few months since finishing up on Season 3 as Runner-up on Ru Paul’s Drag Race.
Manila, who is now 25, originally grew up in New York. She knew from a very early age she was born to do drag.
“I remember throwing on my mom’s clothes since I was a child,” said Manila. “I would be wear my grandma’s wig too.”
Manila says being on Ru Paul’s Drag Race has been the highlight of her career so far. She quickly acknowledged the close friendships she made throughout the show and the tips they were able to share with each other.
“I was able to be a part of history,” Manila exclaimed as she described her experience on the show.
After the show, Manila began her tour across North America attending various events, fundraisers and Pride events.
“We are still fighting for equality in America,” explained Manila as she described what Pride meant to her. “It’s a celebration. Enjoy life. It’s a time to reflect on the awesomeness I’ve had given to me in my life.”
“This year there was such a different vibe in New York City,” Manila stated, referring to the recent decision legalize marriage in New York State.
In recent months, Manila and her partner Sahara Davenport, have not been able to spend a lot of time together. Sahara has been busy working on her projects in New York City and Manila’s travel schedule has kept her on the road.
Vancouver Pride will be the next road stop where Manila and Sahara will be able to relax and enjoy a bit of vacation time together.
“It will be good to get out of the country,” said Manila. “I’m excited.”
Vancouver Pride will be Manila’s first time back in Canada since she was a child. As part of their personal vacation time, Manila and Sahara will be attending many events and festivities, including the Vancouver Pride parade.
Manila Luzon will make one live performance during Vancouver Pride 2011. She will be performing at the 2nd annual Rapture Outdoor Pride Pool Party with DJ Nick Bertossi, DJ Landon James and Cassandra. The pool party will be held at the Westin Grand Hotel (433 Robson Street, Vancouver), on Saturday, July 30 from 12:00 (noon) – 6:00pm PST. Tickets are $22.40 – $33.60 and can be purchased in Vancouver at Priape or Little Sisters. For more information, visit the official Outdoor Pool Party website.
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Congratulations to Kelvin Claveria, you are the winner of two tickets to Rapture: Heatwave Outdoor Pool Party, Saturday, July 30 at the Westin Grand Hotel in Vancouver.
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