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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.


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)[]

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..."


  • "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[]



  • 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]


Drag Race Philippines Season 2[]

Drag Race Philippines Season 2 Looks[]



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

External Links[]


  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