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Filipino actor and comedian Paolo Ballesteros was recently announced by the discovery+ Philippines as the host of Drag Race Philippines – the Filipino franchise of the Emmy Award-winning reality TV series RuPaul’s Drag Race. The announcement reads:
Halleloo huns, come through!
Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent sashay their way to discovery+ with the multi-talented artist Paolo Ballesteros as fab host.
We’re screaming, sists!
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Of course, the announcement comes with a short clip showing Ballesteros in full glam. See below!
Dubbed by the media as a man with a thousand faces, the 39-year-old Filipino model and impersonator made a name for himself worldwide through his jaw-dropping celebrity makeup transformations. Among the celebrities he transformed into were former First Lady Michelle Obama, Julia Roberts, Songbird Supreme Mariah Carey, Viola Davis, Pop Princess Britney Spears, Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot, and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, to name a few.
Apart from being an amazing makeup artist, Ballesteros has also been one of the co-hosts of the longtime noontime show Eat Bulaga! since 2001. In addition, he is a talented actor known for portraying gay and transgender characters both in film and television.
Ballesteros also won Best Actor awards in three countries, namely the Philippines (42nd Metro Manila Film Festival), India (21st International Film Festival of Kerala, Special Jury Award for Outstanding Performance), and Japan (29th Tokyo International Film Festival) for his portrayal of Trisha Echeverria, a Filipino transgender woman, in a film called Die Beautiful (2016, Jun Robles Lana).
In Die Beautiful, Trisha suddenly died due to an aneurysm after being crowned winner of Binibining Gay Pilipinas, a gay beauty pageant. Her last wish is to be “presented as a different celebrity on each night of her wake.” To prevent Trisha’s father from burying her as a man, her friends steal her body and give her the burial that she wished for. With the help of her friend Barbs, who has amazing makeup skills, Trisha is transformed into different female celebrities every night during her wake, the likes of Iza Calzado, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Angelina Jolie, Lady Gaga, and Beyonce. Those interested can watch Die Beautiful on Apple TV+ here and if you reside in the Philippines, you can watch it on Netflix through this link.
Having said all that, you can watch Drag Race Philippines starting August 17, 2022, on @wowpresentsplus. Learn more about it here.
Meanwhile, Manila Luzon is set to host Drag Den Philippines, though no date has been announced yet as to when it will be shown.
Anyway, you can check Ballesteros’ amazing celebrity makeup transformations through his Instagram account. And please don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest news and other hotties like Paolo Ballesteros.