- Manila Luzon
Manila Luzon Born Karl Westerberg
August 10, 1984
Cottage Grove, Minnesota, United States
Occupation Drag Queen
Reality Television Personality
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in) Partner Sahara Davenport Website http://www.manilaluzon.com/
Manila Luzon (born Karl Westerberg on 10 August 1984) is a Filipino American drag queen and reality television personality from New York City. He is best known as the runner-up of the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race. His drag name is a play on words of the capital city (Manila) and the largest island (Luzon) of the Philippines, where his mother was born. His father is American of German/Swedish ancestry.
RuPaul's Drag Race
With many memorable outfits and a camp sense of humor, Manila won three main challenges and received high marks from the judges. Highlights of the season included Manila's win for a controversial impersonation of a Japanese reporter, forming the "Heathers" clique with fellow contestants Raja, Carmen Carrera, and Delta Work. He also won an emotionally charged lip sync against Delta Work and won two challenges in a row for making over a heterosexual jock into his drag sister, and making a couture dress out of paper money.
Career after RuPaul's Drag Race
The publicity generated by her participation on the show brought many new opportunities to perform at various national and international LGBT events including New York Pride and Vancouver Pride. In 2011, Luzon, along with third season Drag Race contestants Carmen Carrera and Shangela Laquifa Wadley, appeared in a television commercial for travel-related website Orbitz. In addition to the commercial, he and Shangela also did an entertainment news segment for US Weekly where they discuss current male celebrities and reimagine them as drag queens.
RuPaul's Drag U
Manila Luzon served as drag professor on RuPaul's Drag U. Appearing in three episodes, he helped makeover a housewife looking for a makeover in the first episode. In his second appearance, he made over a lesbian contestant, while in his third stint as a drag professor, he helped makeover his sister Rachel.
He resides in Harlem with his boyfriend Sahara Davenport, who was a contestant on the second season of Drag Race.
- ^ Manila Luzon on MySpace
- ^ Manila Luzon on MySpace
- ^ RuPaul's Drag Race' Grand Finale: A Photo Recap Celebration from www.buddytv.com 26 April 2011
- ^ Getting Personal With Manila Luzon from Next Magazine 5 May 2011
- ^ Twin Cities native competing on RuPaul’s Drag Race, premieres tonight from thecolu.mn 24 January 2011
- ^ Orbitz Commercial - Rupaul's Drag Race Cast on YouTube
- ^ See Brad, Rob, Jake, Zac Reinvented as Drag Queens! on YouTube
- Official website
- Manila Luzon at the Internet Movie Database
- Manila Luzon on Myspace
- Manila Luzon on Facebook
- Manila Luzon on Twitter
- Manila Luzon on YouTube
Seasons Judges Pit crewCurrent: Jason Carter · Shawn Morales
Former: Max "The Body" Philisaire · Emanuel Palmer
WinnersBeBe Zahara Benet · Tyra Sanchez · Raja Runners-up Miss Congeniality Award Related articles A complete list of contestants can be found here.
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