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Drag Race PH winner Precious Paula Nicole plans to open a drag university

Precious Paula Nicole wants to share her knowledge of drag to other drag queen hopefuls.

Drag Race PH winner Precious Paula Nicole plans to open a drag university-Ann Manhit
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10/19/2022 01:52 PM
Drag Race PH winner Precious Paula Nicole plans to open a drag university
Photo credit to @preciouspaulame Instagram

How does one become a drag queen? 

This is what Precious Paula Nicole, the first-ever Drag Race Philippines winner, hopes to teach once her plan to open a drag school becomes reality. 

“Life is precious and so are we. Let’s continue to inspire and let’s continue to love. I am Precious Paula Nicole, your drag race superstar,” she said in her victory speech last October 12, 2022.

Precious bested 11 other hopefuls in the show’s first season. For this, she won one million pesos, a one-year supply of ONE/SIZE beauty cosmetics by Patrick Starr, and the title of being the first ever winner of the Philippine edition of the renown Drag Race reality show franchise. 

READ: Precious Paula Nicole is the first winner of ‘Drag Race Philippines’

Although winning wasn’t her goal, Precious admitted that winning was the dream.

"For sure po lahat ng drag queens dito, pangarap 'yan,” she said. “I've been dreaming about this for a very long time. Now it happened I'm very thankful.”

Precious said that she didn’t focus too much on it being a competition. Rather, she looked at it as an opportunity to learn and improve herself. 

“Sinabi ko rin sa sarili ko na i-enjoy ko ang moment. Hindi ko masyado inilagay sa ulo ko na competition ito,” Precious said. “When I entered the competition, sinabi ko siguro iti-take ko ito as a workshop. I am here para matuto at i-improve ko kung ano pa ang may kaalaman ako sa labas.”

This seemed to work to her advantage since she wasn’t pressuring herself to win. 

“‘Di ako masyadong na pressured to win. Kaya nagre-reflect na mas relax sa stage na I was there to learn and enjoy," she said. 

READ: Drag Race Philippines’ Precious Paula Nicole is off to DragCon UK

Precious really had a passion for performing, and actually started out as a dancer. Then 12 years ago, she was introduced to drag by her ex. 

“That time nakita ko na parang feeling ko kaya ko, since I paint, I dance. So sabi ko konti lang ang aaralin ko, magli-lip sync na lang ako at magme-make up, parang kayang-kaya ko naman 'yan,” Precious recalled. “I started asking help from seniors sa bars na mga drag queens din.”

There is magic and power in drag, Precious discovered. She finds magic in the transformation that happens.

"I think 'yun po ang isa sa gusto ko sa power ng drag, para kaming si Superman,” said Precious. “Kung hindi kami sisigaw o magta-transform eh hindi kami makikilala sa ordinaryong araw. Kaya rin po ang gusto namin sa drag, kumbaga napaka-magical niya.”

More than what drag does for her and other drag queens, she also finds purpose in what it brings to others. 

“For me ang drag, ngayon it's giving joy and inspiration sa mga tao,” she stated. 

With this in mind, Precious plans to share the knowledge that was passed on to her to other drag queen hopefuls by opening a school specifically for drag.

"Together with my Divine sisters, 'yung mga friends ko na ko rin po sa competition, we are planning to open a drag university,” Precious announced. “Kumbaga wala po masyadong nakakaalam niyan dito. We will teach kung paano mag-perform, mag-make up.”

The idea actually was brought to them by fans who urged them to teach. 

"Nung nakikita namin ang mga fans lately, binibigyan kami ng ideas na bakit 'di gawing maging professional na, mag-teach kayo,” Precious shared. 

Taking it further, Precious felt that it would be better if they actually offered it through a school-type setup.

“Feeling ko mas magiging maganda po kung maging parang school na siya. Naghahanap kami ng mga taong pwedeng tumulong para maging posible siya,” she said. 

At the same time, having  a business is something that can help her and her family as the years go by. 

“Gusto ko po mag-business,” she stated. “Nagi-i-start na rin akong mag-aral ng konti. Sabi ng mga kapatid ko, sabi ko rin sa sarili ko hindi ako magiging performer forever. So kailangan mayroon akong nakaabang na pwedeng gawin after all these.”

For now, Precious is set to fly out to attend RuPaul's DragCon UK 2023.