Manila Luzon performing in March 2017
Karl Philip Michael Westerberg
August 10, 1981
Cottage Grove, Minnesota, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, California U.S.|
Reality television personality
|Height||178 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
(2006-2012; Ashley's death)
|Genres||Blue comedy, observational comedy,|
|Subject(s)||LGBT culture, Philippine culture, fashion|
Manila Luzon (born Karl Philip Michael Westerberg; August 10, 1981) is an American drag queen and reality television personality. She is best known as the runner-up of the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race. Her name is a play on words of the capital city (Manila) and the largest island (Luzon) of the Philippines, where her mother was born. Her father is an American of German and Swedish ancestry. Luzon is a native of Minnesota and resides in Los Angeles.
The publicity generated by her participation on the show brought many new opportunities to perform at various national and international LGBT events throughout the U.S. and Canada including New York Pride and Vancouver Pride. She has been active in AIDS awareness and activism. After being featured in a Gilead Sciences ad titled "Red Ribbon Runway" with fellow Drag Race co-stars Carmen Carrera, Delta Work, Shangela Laquifa Wadley and Alexis Mateo, the dress she was featured wearing was auctioned off by Logo in commemoration of World AIDS Day. Proceeds from the auction were donated to the National Association of People with AIDS.
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, she and Shangela also did an entertainment news segment for US Weekly where they discuss current male celebrities and reimagine them as drag queens. In August 2012, NiniMomo, a Long Island-based company specializing in poseable fashion dolls, released a doll in Luzon's likeness and wearing the now famous pineapple dress she wore during her time on Drag Race. The doll, which was available via special order, marked the first time a Drag Race contestant has been immortalized as a doll. Two years later, a couple of fans of Manila produced their very own 3D-printed Manila Luzon doll.
Manila served as a drag professor on RuPaul's Drag U. Appearing in three episodes, she helped makeover a housewife looking for a makeover in the first episode. In her second appearance, she made over a lesbian contestant, while in her third stint as a drag professor, she helped makeover her sister Rachel.
On 6 August 2012, it was announced that Manila was one of twelve past Drag Race contestants selected to join the cast of All Stars 1 that premiered on the Logo network on October 22, 2012. Paired with contestant Latrice Royale to form Team Latrila, the duo was eliminated in the third episode of the series that aired on November 5, 2012. Prior to the airing of the series finale, Manila (along with All Stars contestants Raven, Latrice Royale, and Tammie Brown) appeared in a television commercial for travel website Orbitz's new portal for LGBT leisure travel. On 9 November 2018 it was announced that Manila would return to compete on All Stars 4 again alongside fellow All Stars 1 Team Latrila team-mate Latrice Royale, but this time will compete separately against each other rather than as a team.
On 12 October 2012, Manila appeared on an episode of the MTV series Made where she mentored a young man in the art of drag, allowing him to explore his drag alter-ego as he prepared for New York City's Gay Pride Parade.
On November 8, 2011, Manila released her first single, "Hot Couture." Her sophomore single, "Best XXXcessory," was released on August 21, 2012. Her third single, "The Chop," a duet with Latrice Royale, was released on November 6, 2012, a day after the episode that featured their elimination from RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars. Along with other Drag Race contestants, Manila appeared in the music video "Queen" by Mimi Imfurst's band Xelle. On September 30, 2014, she released the single "Eternal Queen," which is dedicated to her deceased partner, Sahara Davenport. The video received over 30,000 views in less than a week.
In November 2018, indie musician VELO released the single "Where My Man At," featuring Luzon and Drag Race season 9 and season 10 contestant Eureka O'Hara. The two also appear in the song's music video, together with Thorgy Thor, Ginger Minj and Trinity Taylor.
A longtime resident of New York City, Manila resided in Harlem with her boyfriend Antoine Ashley (Sahara Davenport), who was a contestant on the second season of Drag Race. Ashley died of heart failure at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on October 1, 2012.
As of 2013, Luzon resides in Los Angeles, California where she moved to shortly after Ashley's death. In November 2016 Manila proposed to her boyfriend Michael Alvarez, aka Mic J Rez. On December 24, 2017, the couple wed at the Silver Bells Wedding Chapel, with an Elvis impersonator as the officiant.
|Hot Couture (Remixes)||
|Best Xxxcessory: The Remixxxes||
|The Chop Remixes||
|Bring It!, Remixes, Pt. 1||
|Bring It!, Remixes, Pt. 2||
|"Hot Couture"||2011||Non-album singles|
(featuring Latrice Royale)
(featuring Jinkx Monsoon)
(featuring Roxy & Richie Beretta)
(featuring Andre Xcellence!)
|"That's a Man Maury"