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Marina Summers is representing the Philippines in 'RuPaul's Drag Race: UK vs the World' Season 2

By Yoniel Acebuche Published Jan 14, 2024 11:51 am

In reference to her iconic drag performance, we can say Marina Summers is "mothering" as she is about to wave the Pinoy flag on the international stage.

On Saturday, Jan. 13, RuPaul's Drag Race UK revealed that the Drag Race Philippines Season 1 First runner-up will compete in the second season of RuPaul's Drag Race: UK vs. the World.

Wearing a royal blue mermaid gown styled by Paul Sese, which is said to be an ode to the iconic Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach's gown made by Albert Andrada, the 27-year-old drag queen will be joined by other drag superstars across the world, including UK favorites Choriza May, Gothy Kendoll, Jonbers Blonde, and Tia Kofi.

Other queens competing also include US queens Scarlet Envy and Mayhem Miller, Arantxa Castilla La Mancha from the first season of España, Hannah Conda of "Down Under" season 2, Keta Minaj of the Holland edition, La Grande Dame from the first season of France.

With this feat, Marina also makes history as the first drag queen to represent the Philippines in an international All Stars edition of RuPaul's Drag Race.

An impressive resume

More than that, the Pinay queen has represented the country and Southeast Asia in Spotify's Glow campaign by landing a  digital billboard in Times Square in New York City as part of 2023's Pride Month.

The Tarsier Records artist was also featured on the cover of Spotify's Pride Bahaghari playlist with her single, ride 4 me. She also dominated last year's RuPaul's DragCon in Los Angeles, California, after being named the "Wowlebrity on the Rise" at the 2023 Wowie Awards.

'Our Filipina Winner'

Alongside the announcement, various big names from the entertainment industry immediately expressed their excitement towards Marina's milestone in the drag industry.


"SHOW THE WORLD, THE UNIVERSE RATHER," Creative Director and fashion stylist Eldzs Mejia chided.

"WORLD DOMINATION OF THE ASIAN SENSATION," said celebrity stylist Paul Sese, who also styled Marina for her promo look.

The Broadway Diva Lea Salonga also expressed her excitement towards the Pinay drag queen, "SO EXCITING!!!!!!!!!"

Other beauty queens and Drag Race Philippines alums also showed their support for Marina.

"KWEEEEEN! LFG!!!!!!!!!" Miss Universe 2023 Top 10 finisher Michelle Dee wrote in the comment section.

"YES QUEEN WE ARE READY FOR YOU," Miss International 2018 First Runner-up Ahtisa Manalo commented.

Meanwhile, Marina's drag relative, M1ss Jade So, also showed her love for her drag sister, calling the former a diva in the comment section.

The Drag Race Philippines Season 2 winner, Captivating KatKat, reposted the news on her X (formerly Twitter) with a blue heart and crown emojis. 

In case you didn't know, Drag Race Philippines was recently renewed for a third season alongside Thailand and France. Further details such as its cast, premiere date, and other usual "pasabog" have yet to be announced. 

Meanwhile, the country's franchise first winner, Precious Paula Nicole, together with her batchmates, Brigiding and Vinas Deluxe, collectively known as Divine Divas, strutted the Pink Carpet at RuPaul's DragCon UK 2024, held at ExCeL London, an international exhibition and convention center in the Custom House area of Newham, East London.

Drag Race UK vs. The World, which will see queens from different countries across the franchise, will premiere on Friday, Feb. 9. The debut season winner is Blu Hydrangea from the UK, and she is the first-ever Irish queen to win a season of Drag Race.