Throughout the history of "RuPaul's Drag Race," queens of Filipino descent have often been represented among the diverse array of contestants stomping the runway. Now, several of these queens have come together in an effort to encourage fans of the show to support relief efforts for those devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.
According to NewNowNext, season one contestant and fan-favorite Ongina is selling autographed photos in an effort to raise relief funding. He will reportedly donate $5 of every $7 photo sold to the Philippines National Red Cross.
Season four contestant Jiggly Caliente told NewNowNext that "to see my people back home go through such devastating disaster -- my heart breaks for them. I couldn't imagine the helplessness and pain they must be going through.“ The "Drag Race" star is encouraging her fans to donate to the Red Cross’ Philippine Typhoon Relief, UNICEF or ABS CBN International relief. He is currently engaged in efforts to set up a formal fundraiser.
Season three runner-up Manila Luzon, whoe first name comes from the capital of the Philippines, is echoing Jiggly's statements. “I feel so helpless watching the suffering on the television -- I’m seeing images of people huddled under scraps of buildings for shelters and straining water through t-shirts to drink,” he told NewNowNext. “But Filipino-Americans are very proud of our homeland and we are coming together in full force to support everyone back in the Philippines affected by the disaster.” Luzon is calling on his fans to donate to either the American Red Cross or Philippines National Red Cross.
Notorious season four finalist Phi Phi O’Hara has family back in the Philippines and has reportedly been making donations to help the devastated nation through Habitat for Humanity. “It’s just hard to know I am safe here in the States and can’t get over there to help and donate my time in any way I can,” he told NewNowNext. “Not only do I have family there, I have a huge following there and my fans are my family. I hope and pray that they are all safe and being taken care of.” O'Hara is encouraging his fans to help about in any way they can, and to visit The Guardian for a comprehensive list of ways to help.
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