Her*story

2001
Crowned Miss Gay Filipino, Filipino Community of Seattle

2002
Founded the “Lola Maharlika” College Book Fund, Filipino Community of Seattle
Crowned La Femme Magnifique Puget Sound, Seattle WA
Best Supporting Drag Queen, Miss Gay Seattle XXXVIII Award, Court of Seattle
Drag Performer of the Year, Spotlight Awards- Court of Seattle
Single Best Performer of the Year, Spotlight Awards- Court of Seattle

2003
Court Member of the Month, Court of Seattle
Court Member of the Year, Court of Seattle
“September Frost” All Season Award, United Ebony Council of Washington
Crowned the 40th Miss Gay Seattle, Court of Seattle
Miss Gay Tacoma Award, Court of Tacoma

2004
Court Member of the Month, Court of Seattle
Court Member of the Year, Court of Seattle
“George Ray” Emperor Emeritus Award, Court of Seattle, Seattle WA
President’s Award, Board of Directors- Court of Seattle
Songbird to the Emperor- The Empire of Snow and Ice, Everett WA
Sister to the Emperor of the Royal Court of the Golden Spike Empire, Salt Lake City UT
Best Individual in Theme, Coronation- Court of Tacoma


2005
Court Member of the Month, Court of Seattle
Entertainer of the Year, Court of Everett, Everett WA
President’s Award, Board of Directors- Court of Seattle
Miss Gay Latina XI Award, Entre Hermanos, Seattle WA
Sister to the Emperor  & Empress Award, Emperor Chris Horton & Empress Lala Too de San Diego
ISCS Survivor Diva Award, Empire of the Peace Arch, Surrey BC
ISCS Idol Award, Empire of the Peace Arch, Surrey BC


 2006
Community Service Award, Generic Leather Productions of Washington, Seattle WA
Jose Honors Award, International Court System, New York  NY
Sister to the Empress Award, Empress Chanel Cartier of Houston TX
Sister to the Empress Award, Empress Alycia Day of Portland OR
Empress to Empress Award, Empress Vi of Los Angeles & Hollywood CA

2007
Empress to Empress Award, Empress Jaylene of Vancouver BC
Community Service Award, Washington State Men In Leather Organization
Peach Award for Volunteerism & Leadership, Fruit Bowl Awards, Seattle WA

2008
Grand Duchess, Imperial Sovereign Court of the State of Montana

2009
Saint Imelda of the Shoe Climax, Our Lady of the Ancient Gods of Sexual Excess, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence - The Abbey of St. Joan
Empress to Empress Award, Empress Lexis Manila La Rose dela Luna - Imperial Court of All Montana

2011
By Imperial Proclamation:
Be it known throughout all Our Realm that HISM, Olympia XXXV, Aleksa Manila is hereby known as the Goddess of the Diamond Encrusted Mic and Asian Enchantress to His Majesty for Reign XXXII.
Given by My hand, this 5th day of August, 2011 in the City of Tacoma, HMISM Emperor XXXII The Zeus Emperor Doug Foxx F.P. Snow

2012
Legacy Award presented by Lifelong AIDS Alliance, HIV Vaccine Trials Unit and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for education, volunteerism and activism - Seattle WA

2013
Dr. Robert Wood Award for Excellence in HIV Prevention presented by Public Health – Seattle & King County - Seattle WA

2014
Grand Marshal at the 40th Anniversary Seattle Pride Parade presented by Seattle Out & Proud Organization - Seattle WA


2015

Keynote Speaker, Lavender Graduation at the University of Washington - Seattle WA


2016

Keynote Speaker, Seattle City Hall - Seattle  WA


2017

Recognition by the Washington State Division of Behavioral Health & Recovery for contribution to the Saying It Out Loud Conference



Awards & Achievements

Her*story

Her*story

 Aleksa Manila first appeared in 1998 on All Hollow's Eve as "Alexis."  Thereafter, applying the magic of make-up every Halloween night through the New Millennium. Seattle Pride 2001 launched a new phase which culminated in her being crowned Miss Gay Filipino with the encouragement of T.R.I.B.E. (To React In Basic Evolution), a dance troupe that emerged from RECESS II, a social event of the Young Asian Men's Study [YAMS], a Centers for Disease Control [CDC] – funded, University of California – San Francisco – Center for AIDS Prevention Studies [UCSF-CAPS] research project in Seattle. And the rest has been, as they say, 'history...'

During her year as Miss Gay Filipino, Aleksa founded the "Lola Maharlika" LGBT Youth College Book Fund with the Filipino Community of Seattle Organization. The fund is named in honor of Lola Maharlika AKA Lola Maria, Empress VII of Tacoma, for her outstanding achievements as an openly gay Filipino in the community.

In 2002, Aleksa was crowned La Femme Magnifique of Puget Sound, the pageant in search of the "most glamorous female impersonator." She organized various community fundraisers, including "Heart To Heart, Coast To Coast," a fundraiser for the Rhode Island Nightclub that burned down and left many unfortunate families.

She is very fortunate to have been in the cast of a local Seattle edition of Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues, produced and directed by Joann Natalia Aquino, in 2003 and 2004. She made breakthrough performances as the only drag queen/transgender actor in the all-female ensemble.

In 2003, Aleksa was crowned the 40th Miss Gay Seattle, believed to be the oldest drag title west of the Mississippi, if not the world! Aleksa traveled across North America representing the Emerald City at various benefits and fundraisers, and raising awareness of LGBTQ history and representation.

In 2004, world-famous band, Pink Martini band leader Thomas Lauderdale asked Aleksa to sing, “Bayan Ko” [My Country] at the final Peacock In The Park benefit at the Rose Garden in Portland, OR. In the next couple of years, Aleksa continued as guest vocalist at concerts such as the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Oregon; and Microsoft Company’s Holiday Gala, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery’s Summer Concert Series and Washington Mutual’s Zoo Tunes in Seattle, Washington.

On President's Day Weekend 2006, Aleksa was elected and crowned Olympia XXXV- The Empress of Seattle, one of the oldest and respected drag titles in the Seattle LGBT community. Aleksa organized various fundraisers for the Court of Seattle Organization, including a week's worth of fundraising during Empress Express in June, for the JC/Lady Graytop Memorial Scholarship Fund. She chose the moniker, “The Pearl of the Pacific & Orient Seas - The Thrilla from Manila,” to honor her cultural background and her new home.

In March 2007, Aleksa was named Heir Apparent to the Queen Mother of the Americas, Empress Nicole The Great de San Diego, President of the International Court Council (ICC) of the International Court System, the world's largest LGBT organization. She also served as Board Member of the ICC, Secretary of the Jose Honors Board of Governors and Member of the Anti-Discrimination Committee.

To date, Aleksa has produced & directed annual fundraisers for various charities, including “Aleksa Manila & FRIENDS,” and Seattle Counseling Service’s “ICON: a celebration of drag, art & life!” She is a favorite emcee and speaker at various functions, such as the Seattle LGBT Community Center’s Queer Fest and Fruit Bowl Awards, Greater Seattle Business Association’s Dinner Awards, Ingersoll Gender Center’s Snow Ball, Chica Boom’s National Women of Color Burlesque Show: Kaleidoscope, Seattle Erotic Art Festival, American Friends' Service Committee, Seattle Central Community College, University of Washington, Seattle University, University of Puget Sound, South Seattle Community College, and University of Montana, Missoula.

From local bars to amphitheaters, lip syncing to live singing, solos to productions, black boas to Pink Martini, Aleksa Manila has traveled as an outspoken advocate, performance artist and community leader across North America. Aleksa Manila is known in Seattle and beyond as a stellar drag artist, consummate host and community activist. She is a beloved panelist and speaker at various LGBTQIA [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Allies], youth, people of color and political/activism workshops, trainings and conferences.

When not in face, 'he' educates the community and counsels clients about the harms of crystal methamphetamine with Project NEON, a program of Seattle Counseling Service. Currently, he is Program Coordinator and Addictions Services Program Supervisor at SCS where he has dedicated his professional career for over ten years. For many years, he tested for and counseled about HIV & STD with Public Health - Seattle & King County; and served as Honorable Commissioner with the Seattle Commission for Sexual Minorities with the City of Seattle - Office of Civil Rights, advising the Mayor of Seattle, City Council & City Departments on LGBTQI equal rights.

The "House of Manila" was established in 2001. In the traditional "drag" world, one takes a novice drag queen under her or his wing to teach & inspire them to become their own unique person. Through these encounters and friendships, a 'family' evolves. Sometimes, drag is merely a once-a-year Halloween event, for some, it becomes a lifestyle, and for others, it is about respect for our differences - gay or straight. Whatever the path maybe, it is about nurturing self-esteem, beauty, talent & pride.

2001
Alia Manila (Mike)
Ananda Manila (Allan)
Cha-Cha Manila (Archie)
Gena-Tell-Ya Manila (Gene)
Liezah Manila (Wilmer)
Lolita Manila (Jose)
Sal Manila (Anthony)
Serena Manila (Cyril)
Simona Manila (Gabe)

2002
Vanilla Manila (Kris) - Santa Rosa
Bianca Manila (Benny) - New York
Manila Monroe (Francis) - San Diego
Sienna Manila (Chhean), Closet Ball Queen – Las Vegas

2003
Caressa Manila (Colby B) – Los Angeles
Mia Manila – Seattle
Natalia Manila (Joann A) - Seattle
Rosa Manila - Seattle

2004
Tanya Manila Rachinee, Miss API International 2003 - Seattle
Kalika Manila Fuuiva, Miss API International 2004 - Seattle
Nina Manila Maxwell, Miss Gay Seattle XLI - Seattle
Aria Manila (Karl) - Seattle

2005
Jada Manila [Jericho F] – Miss Broadway, Miss Neighbours, Miss Gay Seattle XLIV 2007-2008
Sandy Mae "Layla Manila" Montecarlo, Miss Gay Filipino 2002, Miss Gay USofA Chandler, Arizona 2007
Adrianne "Adriana Manila" Kline, Empress XXIV - Sacramento - In Loving Memory

2006
Ryanne Manila - Salt Lake City
Asia "Tita Manila" Cache, Olympia XXXIV – Seattle
J.J. "Metro Manila" Temple Ho, Mr. Gay Seattle 27
Sara Manila, Imperial Princess XXX - Seattle
Erika Manila (Eric B) – Seattle
Trisha Manila (Larry R) - Seattle

2007
Syrah Manila (Jasmine M) - Seattle
Kianna Manila (Kenneth L) - Seattle
Kyra Manila (Kyle) - Seattle

2008
Joshua Manila (Josh M) - Missoula
Lexis 'Manila' dela Rosa dela Luna (Josh M) - Missoula MT
Regina 'Manila' King - Seattle WA

2009
Sasha Manila (John M) - Seattle WA
Gabriela Manila (Aimee E) - San Francisco CA

2010
Manila Blahnik (William P) - Seattle WA
Kiana Manila (Kino D) - Seattle WA

2011
Magenta Manila (Bradli) - Seattle WA

2012
Atasha Manila (Louie), Miss UTOPIA - Seattle WA

2013

Alexander Manila, Mr. Gay Seattle - Seattle WA

2014
Donna Manila Vain - Everett WA

2015
La Saveona Manila Hunt, La Femme Magnifique - Seattle WA


2016

Alessandra Manila Hunt, Miss Gay Washington - Seattle WA


2017

Asunta Manila (Geena Rocero) - New York, NY

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