Amadeus Fernando Pagente, better known as drag queen Pura Luka Vega, maintains an “optimistic” outlook in the midst of ongoing controversies stemming from her controversial ‘Ama Namin’ drag performance.
In a recent Facebook post accompanied by photos taken at the Department of Justice (DOJ), Pura shared her determination, saying, “Laban lang.”
She expressed her willingness to engage with people who request pictures and engage in conversations, emphasizing the importance of fostering understanding.
Pura also mentioned attending events in drag to normalize the art of drag in public spaces, educate, and share queer experiences and practices.
“When people ask for pictures, I entertain them. Masaya makinig at makipagkwentuhan sa mga tao para magkaunawaan. I attend in drag to normalize the art of drag in public spaces as well as educate and share queer experiences and practices.”
Notably, Pura appreciated the prosecutor who inquired about her preferred pronouns, highlighting the significance of acknowledging gender identity. “I am also very pleased that the prosecutor has asked for my pronouns.”
“Amidst all the challenges, I remind myself to be kind. ‘Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.’ – Maya Angelou,” Pura added, emphasizing the importance of spreading positivity.
It’s worth noting that Pura Luka Vega currently faces legal challenges related to her ‘Ama Namin’ drag performance, with cases filed by devotees of the Black Nazarene and some religious leaders.
Additionally, over 20 locations across the Philippines have declared her persona non grata, including the City of Manila.