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Unmasking Andrea and JC in Drag Beyond the Spotlight




In the wise words of the queen of drag, RuPaul, “We are all born naked and the rest is Drag!” It may sound lighthearted, but there's a profound truth in it.


From the moment we take our first breath, we begin to shape ourselves and our identities through various layers – our clothes, our beliefs, and our roles in society. These layers act as a protective shield, hiding the raw and vulnerable essence of our being that lies within.


From a holistic perspective, life itself is a grand masquerade. Each of us becomes a performer in our own story. Yet, there's beauty in this complexity. Our layers of drag not only shield us from the harshness of reality but also grant us the power of expression and reinvention. We craft our narratives, paint the canvas of life with vivid colors, and share our unique stories with the world.

This is precisely what iWantTFC's 'Drag You and Me' aims to celebrate – authenticity and self-expression, while challenging societal norms around gender. As we celebrate life to its fullest, PARCINQ showcases #TheGenderLessIssue, promoting inclusivity through the lens of the show’s two remarkable figures who are at the forefront of this generation's artistry, Andrea Brillantes and JC Alcantara!



Drag You and Me "Drag You and Me" is an enthralling 8-episode series from iWantTFC that showcases a modern family rom-com drama that delves into the vibrant world of drag culture while celebrating love in all its beautiful forms. The show stars the immensely talented JC Alcantara and Andrea Brillantes, along with other gifted artists, including real-life drag queens Brigiding, Viñas Deluxe, Xilhouete, and Precious Paula Nicole, who bring their own magic to this colorful tale.



At the center of the story is the fearless and fabulous Betty, played by Andrea Brillantes, who is also known by her drag name, 'Valentine Royale.' Throughout the series, she embodies the essence of self-expression and belonging, as she navigates her way through the world of drag, embracing her chosen family and their unique bonds. The series also highlights JC Alcantara's character living two different lives, as Jason, a straight male, and as Shania Lacroix, an aspiring drag queen with a hidden identity from his homophobic family. It underscores the need for safe spaces, highlighting the challenges and importance of acceptance within the LGBTQIA+ community.



Directed by JP Habac, the show also features an exceptional ensemble cast, including Romnick Sarmenta, KaladKaren Davila, Ice Seguerra, and others. Special appearances by 'Home from the Golden Gays' duo - Flor Bien Jr. and Rico Reyes.


The Art of Andrea and JC's Drag


As two of this generation's most sought-after actors, Andrea and JC have significant responsibilities in the show. "Drag You and Me" represents a groundbreaking moment in television, as it explores queer topics deeply rooted in the LGBTQIA+ community. By taking on these roles, both Andrea and JC are at the forefront of a revolutionary movement, promoting representation and inclusivity on screen.

Andrea expressed her deep desire to be a part of the show, driven by her aspiration for our generation and beyond to embrace openness and support for the LGBTQIA+ community. Her passion lies in promoting acceptance and understanding for all, transcending generational boundaries, and creating a more inclusive world.



"I think it's a big deal that we have our first show about Drag Queens because the platform, the only platforms we have here in the Philippines about Drag Queens, are the reality TV shows, Drag Race and Drag Den. But this is the first show for the drag community, so the viewers can also see the struggles of being a Drag Queen," said Andrea. Indeed, Andrea Brillantes lived up to her aspirations and delivered a remarkable performance, leading the show with brilliance and grace. Her dedication and talent shone through in every scene, making it clear that she did an exceptional job in portraying the character and bringing depth to the series. It is not an exaggeration to say that Andrea's contribution was significant in making "Drag You and Me" a truly memorable and impactful production. Her portrayal not only entertained but also helped further the message of acceptance and support for the LGBTQIA+ community, resonating with audiences across generations.




“I think we can help people gain more knowledge about what goes behind the curtains. Hopefully, when people see the show, they'll become more concerned or more in touch with the community, and we can have more allies to stand up for this community. We deserve to be loved and accepted, and we want to show that we aren't doing anything wrong; this is a form of art. We shouldn't face discrimination for doing what we love,” she added. JC's performance in the series also received widespread applause on social media. His portrayal of a drag queen, complete with stunning make-up and glamorous outfits, was both convincing and captivating.


“Natutunan ko about my character is, "Yung kahit may problema kayo sa family, may mga tao paring anjan lalapit at mapupuntahan mo, tatanggapin ka ng buo at mamahalin ka kahit sino ka. Pero kahit sa kabila ng lahat, kahit anong problema din sa pamilya natin, uuwi parin tayo sa kanila at unti unti tayong tatanggapin sa kahit anong problema natin dahil hindi rin tayo matitiis ng pamilya natin. Yung pagtanggap at pagmamahal ng pamilya, hindi talaga mawawala sa puso nila yan."


Audiences also praised his authenticity and dedication to the role, which brought Shania Lacroix to life with a genuine and heartfelt touch. JC's remarkable talent and commitment to his role undoubtedly left a lasting impression, earning him well-deserved accolades and appreciation from fans and viewers on various social media platforms.


“'Tong role is sobrang laki ng pinagkaiba dahil hindi naging madali lahat. Ang dami kong training from heels at mga nuances niya bilang Shania at Jason, so dalawang character 'yung pino-portray ko. Kaya mas gusto ko na chachallenge ako sa pag-arte. Sobrang loud ni Shania at soft boy naman bilang Jason.” He said. “Wearing full makeup transformation mula ulo hanggang paa,drag dapat full package ka. Drag is art! And drag is for everyone!” he continues.

But the truest form of Andrea and JC’s Drag is the willingness to use their talents and platforms to amplify important issues the LGBTQIA+ community faces. By taking on roles in shows like "Drag You and Me," they are not only entertaining audiences but also promoting social awareness and advocating for greater inclusivity and acceptance.

Truly, in the presence of extraordinary talents like Andrea and JC, the journey of acceptance unfolds one step at a time, embracing progress while basking in the warmth of love. "Drag You and Me" brilliance lies in its powerful message, one that encapsulates the significance of safe spaces — a concept that should echo resoundingly in the face of our world's reality. As we witness the magic of this performance, it becomes clear that our children yearn for more safe havens, where they can flourish and thrive. Together, hand in hand, let us move on this mission, fostering these little havens of love and support. This show's impact is beyond words; it's genuinely awe-inspiring, leaving an indelible mark on our hearts.

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Photography by Rxandy Capinpin

Art Direction by Joe Andy

Words by Mark Baccay

Videography by Ian Francisco with Video Associate Pogs Francisco Assisted by Anghel Millar

Editorial Assistance by LA Bendana

PARCINQ Interns: Airabelle Mae Damalla

Manuela Joyce Tarrayo

Jessa Mae Jackson

Alexis Ampoan


For JC:

Hair and Makeup by Lars Cabanacan

Styling by Ryebread For Andrea:

Styling by Eldz Mejia, assisted by Carl Alberto

Makeup by Marben Talanay

Hairstyling by Valerie Corpuz


Shot on location at B&B Studios


Special thanks to:

iWantTFC and Dreamscape Entertainment






















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