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Ongina is an American drag queen from Los Angeles, California. She was a contestant on Season 1 of RuPaul's Drag Race and was eliminated on Episode 5, placing 5th overall.

On May 8, 2020, it was announced that she would be competing in All Stars 5. She placed 9th overall, being eliminated in Episode 2.

Drag Origin

For her drag name, her friend suggested using her middle name "Ong", which is her mom’s maiden name. She then put Ong with the "last three letters of a certain kind of –ina" and formed Ongina. At first, her first name that used for around 2 years was Pek Pek Galore (as "Pek Pek" means vagina in Tagalog) and Ryana.

RuPaul's Drag Race

Ongina
Statistics Season 1 All Stars 5
Ranking: 5th Place 9th Place
Maxi Challenges Won: 2 (Eps. 2, 4) 0
Mini Challenges Won: 1 (Ep. 2) 0
Times as Team Captain: 1 (Ep. 2) 0
Times in Bottom: 1 (Ep. 5) 1 (Ep. 2)
Episode Eliminated: Episode 5 Episode 2

Memorable Quotes

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 1

  • "I'm Ryan, also known as Ongina."
  • "Hiee!!!" (quote by Ongina that was popularized by Alaska)
  • "I'm gonna have to put my balls behind my freakin' body today."
  • "Last week, the judges told me that I looked like a boy in a dress, and I wanted to elevate that this week. Not so much boy in a dress but, a drag queen in a dress."
  • "My name is Connie Chung." (impersonating Connie Chung in the Oprah Winfrey challenge)
  • "I'm a Mac Viva Glam woman because like you and many others, I care. Educate, Donate & Celebrate, because life is a celebration!" (her famous quote from her MAC Viva glam commercial)
  • "If I don't win this, I swear to god I'm gonna cut someone!"
  • "I just want to say, I've always been so afraid to say it, that I've been living with HIV for the last 2 years of my life and... it means so much to me." (after winning the main challenge of Mac Viva Glam)[1]

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 5

  • "So y'all thought I'd never get here...sorry, I was stuck in traffique." (entrance quote)
  • "I'm from the very first season of RuPaul's Drag Race, the one that started this whole shenanigans."
  • "Mmm, juicy tea."
  • "Okay, first of all you're not BenDeLaCreme, and you wish you were, and second, you're not a judge, slow your roll. And third, there's no third, just shut the fuck up already." (about Miz Cracker)
  • "♪ Henry Cavill. He's my Superman, and we flying, flying, and when we touch down I'll be riding, riding. Makes me weak with those blue eyes like kryptonite between my thighs.♪" (verse in I'm in Love)
  • "Celebrate your life, because life is a celebration!"(exit quote)

Trivia

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  • Ongina was born in the Philippines and moved to Seattle, Washington in 1994 when he was 12.
    • After Seattle, Ongina moved to New York at 19 years old, where she ended up working at "Lucky Chengs", an Asian restaurant where customers are entertained by drag queens. She worked there with (a then-unknown) Laverne Cox.
  • Ongina works as an Area Visual Merchandiser for a specialty retail boutique.
  • Ongina has two dogs named "Little Monster" and "Iggy"; one cat named "Athena"; and a guinea pig named "Hamlin".
  • One of Ongina's most memorable performances was doing a lap-dance for a straight man for his birthday in Alabama, at a restaurant Ongina worked at. The man knew he was at a drag show and had fun with it. However, when Ongina did a flip-over on the man's body, her wig fell off.
  • Ongina does not normally wear wigs. Only on certain occasions will Ongina wear a wig. She is the first queen to not wear a wig on the main stage.
  • Ongina loves to collect headpieces and hats and prefers to wear headpieces instead of wigs. She even receives headpieces from her fans.
  • According to an interview on YouTube, Ongina only has about six wigs.
  • RuPaul's single, "LadyBoy" was inspired by Ongina herself.
  • A memorable feature of Ongina is a Japanese tattoo on her right arm. Ongina wanted a Japanese tattoo, not with a Sumo wrestler. She was advised to Google anime, and Ongina found a female samurai named Sakura Shinguji from "Sakura Wars" and who is now featured on Ongina's tattoo. Her tattoo also features a Japanese Rising-Sun flag, and Japanese symbols representing one life, one choice, and one destiny.
  • Ongina is the first...
    • ...to wear mainly hats instead of wigs.
    • ...contestant to receive positive critiques, but not win the challenge.
    • ...contestant on RuPaul's Drag Race to win the Girl Groups challenge.
    • ...contestant on RuPaul's Drag Race to win 2 main challenges.
    • ...queen to achieve 5th place.
    • ...queen to come out as HIV/AIDS positive on the show.
    • ...contestant on the show to be eliminated after winning the previous week's challenge.
    • ...contestant in series' history to have won two main challenges and not place in the top three.
    • ...contestant to never participate in a promo shoot.
    • ...contestant to be eliminated by the winner of her season.
  • Ongina was shortlisted for all All-Stars seasons but didn't make the final cast in any of them. However, she was casted for All Stars 5, and placed 9th.
    • As of All Stars 5 Ongina holds the record for longest hiatus between seasons with 15 total, 11 regular and 4 All Stars.
  • She lip-synced alongside Blair St. Clair during the Season 10 finale
  • Ongina, along with Delta Work, appeared as cameos in All Stars 1, where they served as van drivers to bring the remaining Top 4 queens to their interview and Hamburger Mary's challenges.
  • Ongina is the first queen to be eliminated while being the front-runner of her season in that episode. At the time of her elimination, she was holding 2 Maxi-Challenge wins while all other contestants had only 1 or no wins.
  • For All Stars 5, she brought two backup looks for each runway (Said in The X Change Rate Interview).
  • She is the first person to be voted unanimously for the new All Stars format.
  • She is the third person to eliminate themselves in All Stars after Adore Delano on All Stars 2 and BenDeLaCreme on All Stars 3.
    • Coincidentally, Ongina and Adore placed 9th on All Stars.
    • Also coincidentally, Ongina and BenDeLa placed 5th on their original seasons.
  • With a duration of eleven years between her original and returning season, Ongina has the longest time span until her return out of all contestants.
  • If Ongina would have made it to the Snatch Game episode, she would have done Marie Kondo or Connie Chung.
  • Ongina is one of the six queens to compete on more than one season, but only lip-sync once, the other six being Milk, Thorgy Thor, Nina Flowers, Blair St. Clair and Mariah Paris Balenciaga.
  • On both seasons she competed in, Ongina was sent home by the winner of the season.
  • Ongina is the first RuGirl who's name starts with an "O", followed by Olivia Lux in Season 13.
  • Ongina has a Twitch Channel.
  • Ongina is one of the six All Stars to never compete in Snatch Game, along with Mimi Imfurst, Jasmine Masters, Mayhem Miller, Serena ChaCha and Scarlet Envy.
  • Ongina helped Pandora Boxx create most of her looks for All Stars 6 and notably hand-painted Pandora's dress and cape for her pop art look, and created numerous headpieces.

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RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 5 Looks

Videos

Lip Syncs

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2009 RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 1 Herself
2009 New Now Next Awards
2010 One Night Stand Up
2010-11 RuPaul's Drag U Season 1 and 2, 5 episodes
2010 RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 2 Episode: "The Main Event Clip Show" (Special guest)
2012 RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 4 Episode: "RuPocalypse Now!" (Zombie)
2012 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars: Season 1 Episode: "The Grand Finale"
2014 RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 6 Episode: "The Finale" (Audience)
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 10 Episode: "10s Across the Board"
Episode: "Grand Finale"
2019 RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 11 Episode: "Whatcha Unpackin?" (Special Guest)

Music Videos

Year Title Artist Notes
2011 "I Gotta Feeling" The Black Eyed Peas Cameo

Web Series

Year Title Role Notes
2009 RuPaul's Drag Race: Under the Hood Herself
2014 WOW Shopping Network
2014 Ring My Bell
2016 Besties For Ca$h
2017 Hey Qween!
2017-19 The Pit Stop Co-Host
2018 Fashion Photo RuView Co-Host (with Mayhem Miller)
2018 Cosmo Queens
2019 Tails of the City Episode 2: Pets 4 Pets
2019 Wait, What? Co-Host

Others

Year Title Notes
2014 RuPaul's Drag Race: Dragopolis 2.0 Voice

Other Works

  • Ongina hosted a series on Logo called "HIV and Me". The series tells different stories from individuals who are living their lives being HIV Positive. The purpose of the series is to reach out to HIV/AIDS patients around the world and to find a relationship with those stories told by the interviewed individuals. One of the reasons Ongina was chosen for this was because she came out to the world about being diagnosed with HIV, and for being a true icon to Mac Viva Glam.
  • Ongina was a drag professor for 2 seasons on Logo's RuPaul's Drag U.

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Category Results
2009 NewNowNext Awards Most Addictive Reality Star Winner

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