RuPaul's Drag Race Season 1
From one of the thousands of tiny islands in the Philippines comes a mighty, powerful force known as Ongina! Also known as Ryan Ong Palao, he currently resides in Los Angeles and works as a Regional Visual Merchandiser for a specialty retail boutique; hence his love for designer shoes and his flair for couture fashion.
Ongina moved to the US in 1994 and has survived the rain of Seattle, the winters of New York and the traffic of Los Angeles. In New York, he found the love for androgynous, gender-bend drag and has continued to push the envelope by wearing headpieces rather than wigs, when in “face.” it wasn’t until he started working at Lucky Chengs, that Ongina experimented with wigs and full out female impersonation. The many different looks of his drag persona range from gender-bend to full on “fish.”
Ongina is most recognized, recently, for bringing artistic appeal and a whole lot of face to a show-stealing appearance on RuPaul’s Drag Race, Season 1. Currently, Ongina is delighting audiences across the US and the world, biring a strong, bold, beautiful and entertaining character that honors and respects the artistry of drag, wig or no wig.
Ongina is one unique artist who will leave an imprint in your mind and hopefully your hearts! Her name originated from the fascination of a certain kind of “ina”, but she has more balls than a raging bull! Ongina maybe as sweet as apple pie, but she’s “blade ready” when she needs to be. Gender bending, head-piece wearing, recently tucking Ongina is one who surely delivers!