He’s a former heartthrob. The rebel hip-hop dude the chicks swoon over upon taking the center stage. He would count girlfriends and make them fall in love with him. He too fell in love with them girls, he admitted.
One by one, the list of schools in Cavite kicked him out. He would throw chairs, kick his teachers and would often bully other kids at school. He’s the king of troublemakers.
Now he’s no more king, for the king is now a Queen – a drag queen!
The stockings hid his manly strut as the fake breasts mount his seeming confidence. The colorful wigs flash feminine flames. The long lashes twinkling to the beat of gleaming lights. Make-ups carefully orchestrated emitting majestic air.
The crowd would marvel at her moves. She now graces the stage pouring her soul out, bearing her heart in an up-beat stir. That night on that local pub she works on, Jasmine Pringles is to be known Lady Gaga. Oh yes, she is Lady Gaga!
“Itong ginagawa ko wala namang masama. Tsaka ligal naman siguro ‘to. Wala nga lang papeles.”
His family won’t believe him. They all thought, when he showed them his video dancing in drag, he’s just doing another rebellious act to piss his family off . He was a known rebel after all. But the truth, as blinding as it may appear initially, would always be the pounding truth.
“Kahit kabaklaan ‘tong ginagawa ko, may mapupuntahan din ‘to.”
Later on they would accept the reality that is now. The family learned to nod over his beat. Jasmine Pringles got the blessings of his family.
“Dati ang tingin ko sa mga bakla kadiri. Nakakahiya. Ngayon okay na. Bakla na din ako.”
How do you measure a man? Is it by his dick flamboyantly hanging between his legs telling the world how mighty and proud he is? Or could it be the amount of cosmetics he dares put on his body? When is a man a real man? What is the measure of a man?
For Jasmine Pringles, without hesitation, he is a proud genuine man!
“Now that I can do whatever I want and I know who I am, I can say that I’m a man."
"I am a man.”