A fresh and invigorating era is soon to come for MEGA Drag as its newest Editor steps up to lead with an unwavering passion for the captivating stories that lie within the world of drag.
Established just a year ago, MEGA Drag has become the go-to source of all things drag in the Philippines, opening doors for limitless self-expression for the LGBTQIA+ community. Embarking on a thrilling new chapter, MEGA Drag sets its sights on a future that is more unapologetically free.
Leading charge is the remarkable new Editor, Jujiin Samonte, who proudly embodies the vibrant spirit of the queer community. “Samonte brings a wealth of experience and boundless creativity. He will undoubtedly guide MEGA Drag to new heights and ensure that our publication continues to be the ultimate source of inspiration, empowerment, and celebration for drag artists and enthusiasts everywhere,” Chairman and CEO of AGC Power Holdings Corp. (AGC PHC), Archie Carrasco, states.
Samonte onboarded One MEGA Group Inc. (OMGI) in 2017 as Copywriter under the former Creative Services Department. His events and videography background equipped him to conceptualize brand-oriented videos and presentations for clients. Expanding his career horizon led him to return to the events industry as a Creative Director.
Right before the launch cover of MEGA Drag in 2022, Samonte received a call from OMGI VP for Content and MEGA Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Peewee Reyes-Isidro. He was invited to join the MEGA Drag team as a contributor and consultant, fitting for his famed repute in Manila’s queer nightlife scene and his strong advocacy for LGBTQIA+ rights.
His masterful storytelling and creative direction have been pivotal in shaping MEGA Drag’s groundbreaking inaugural year. Cover after cover, Samonte’s work has uplifted the very art of drag. And today, as MEGA Drag aims to be bigger and bolder, Samonte’s sense of purpose is elevated as he assumes the responsibility to carry forward this legacy. “Drag’s global surge in popularity over the years unearthed new routes for understanding, recognizing, and appreciating the art form. As a result, an increase in queer-centric talent, art, and narratives emerged, enriching the community,” he shares.
Fierce, Fabulous, and Free
In a society still grappling with diversity, Samonte makes it his mission to give a voice to the community—a voice that they truly own through MEGA Drag. He believes that power lies in the LGBTQIA+ community as their stories possess a unique point of view with continuous self-discovery and profound resilience.
Under Samonte’s leadership, MEGA Drag will uplift and honor the full spectrum of drag. He says, “[The title is here to] embrace this art form and the many aspects of the rainbow community to inspire joy, encourage inclusivity, and celebrate the many expressions of individuality.”
MEGA Drag will throw light on the extraordinary world of drag to capture the essence, the allure of fantasy, the innovation in fashion, and the heart that brings about the sense of living fiercely, fabulous, and free.
Head on over to https://mega-onemega.com/mega-drag/ to read stories about the queer community and the beauty of transformation.