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Bernie Barrantes, known simply as Bernie on the show, is a Filipino drag performer and one of the contestants on the second season of Drag Race Philippines.

About[]

Bernie stands as one of the most esteemed and established queens in Manila with more than 16 years of experience in the drag scene. As a transgender woman, she has paved the way for inclusivity and acceptance within the community. Gracing the renowned O-Bar as a regular performer, she exudes an irresistible energy that draws in audiences night after night. A true pillar of strength, Bernie's unwavering dedication to her craft not only supports her family but also fuels her own dreams.[2]

Drag Name Origin[]

Bernie is her actual first name.

Track Record(s)[]

Bernie
Seasons Competed: Philippines Season 2
Ranking: 3rd/4th Place
Maxi Challenges Won: 2 (Eps. 2, 7)
Mini Challenges Won: 1 (Ep. 7)
Times as Team Captain: 0
Times in Bottom Two: 1 (Ep. 8)
Episode Eliminated: Episode 10

Memorable Quotes[]

Drag Race Philippines Season 2[]

  • "Hello, mga diday! Pinag-uusapan niyo ba 'ko?" (entrance quote)
  • "Akala ko kasi, dancer si Veruschka. Akala ko ballroomista siya, magaling siya... kasi yung mga kamay niya, yung mga ganun-ganun niya... Ang puta, parehas palang kaliwa ang paa! Eva Le Queen!"
  • ♫ "'Di matitinag, nandito na si Diday! Bumangga, wasak, so don't dare me, 'day! Small but fabulous, dark-skin fierce... Trans revolution... Bernie, cheers!" ♫ (verse in "BOOGSH!")
  • Rajo: Bernie, you're not supposed to be there at the bottom... Para sa'kin---
    • Bernie: Ba-bye po! Bye, girls! (upon being critiqued on Episode 3)
  • "Hi, Paolo... Papamura ka rin ba?" (as Madam Inutz on Snatch Game)
  • "'Asa Pilipinas ka... Mag-Tagalog ka, loko!" (as Madam Inutz on Snatch Game)
  • "Masarap sa panty 'pag may kuko... May nangangamot." (as Madam Inutz on Snatch Game)
  • "Sabi ko kasi, ang goal ko... yung Top 4. 'Pag nag-Top 4 ako, ang goal ko, yung crown. Wala na, tapos na... End na." (when Captivating Katkat was saved by Paolo Ballesteros on Episode 8)
  • "Sabi ko 'di ako iiyak dito sa Drag Race, eh! Pinapaiyak niyo 'ko, eh!" (after Paolo Ballesteros saved her on Episode 8)
  • "Paalam, mga diday!" (exit quote)

Drag Race Philippines Untucked Season 2[]

  • "Nakita ko siyang nagsho-show doon... Maldita 'yan. Impakta 'yan." (talking about her experience while doing shows in Hong Kong in Episode 2)
  • "Upuan kami doon sa circle, inom ng shot... Pagtingin ko doon sa pulutan, isang piraso na lang." (after walking back to the Werk Room to untuck in Episode 3)
  • "Ma, relax... Untucked! namin 'to; hindi niyo Untucked! 'to..."

Extras[]

  • "Pokpok ang tawag nila sa'kin, kasi ako... nagsho-show ako na walang damit. Utong lang madalas ang takip ko... sa pepe ko, bato lang..." (in Meet the Queens)
  • "Maliit man ako, nakakapuwing din." (in Meet the Queens)

Farewell Message[]

N/A

Trivia[]

  • Bernie does not possess a drag name, and instead opts to use her actual name while in drag.[5]
  • Bernie is, along with Captivating Katkat and M1ss Jade So, among the first openly transgender contestants of Drag Race Philippines.[2]
  • Bernie has a condition that caused her left eye to be legally blind.
    • It has since been discovered that the intraocular lens implanted on her left eye from a previous cataract surgery had shifted, causing dimness in her vision.[6]
  • Although Bernie states that she was 35 during her stint on Drag Race Philippines, she was actually 36 at the time, as the season was filmed on February 2023.
  • As revealed in Episode 2 of the second season, Bernie is the drag mother of fellow contestant ØV Cünt.
  • Bernie, along with the cast of Drag Race Philippines season 2, was scheduled to be an opening act for Werq the World in Manila.[7] However, the Manila leg of the event was cancelled due to Typhoon Hanna.[8]
  • Bernie is the first queen on Drag Race Philippines to win a Top 2 lip sync.
  • Bernie is the second queen on Drag Race Philippines to win a Mini Challenge and a Maxi Challenge in one episode after Minty Fresh from the previous season.
  • Immediately after the Drag Race Philippines season 2's finale had aired, a Twitter account managed by a fan of fellow contestant M1ss Jade So held a fundraiser to help Bernie out with having her legally blinded eye operated on.[9]
    • Bernie soon underwent surgery within the month of October.[10][11]

Gallery[]

Drag Race Philippines Season 2[]

Drag Race Philippines Season 2 Looks[]

Filmography[]

TV[]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2023 Drag Race Philippines (Season 2) Self Contestant (Placed 3rd/4th) [2]

External Links[]

References[]

  1. Profile of Berniedragqueen | Facebook
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Meet the Drag Race Philippines season 2 cast of queens and their stunning promo looks | Entertainment Weekly — July 11, 2023
  3. (TLPost by bernie.barrantes | Facebook — January 12, 2021
  4. Profile of bernie.barrantes (Contact and basic info) | Facebook
  5. 5.0 5.1 Meet the Queens ☀️ Drag Race Philippines Season 2 | YouTube — July 11, 2023
  6. Post by legazpieyecenter | Instagram — November 25, 2023
  7. Post by werqtheworld & dragraceph | Instagram — August 29, 2023
  8. Post by neuwave_events | Twitter — September 2, 2023
  9. (TLPost by @missjadeso | Twitter — October 4, 2023
  10. Video by @gianbratz | TikTok — October 7, 2023
  11. Video by @pjayflo | TikTok — October 10, 2023

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