POZ I AM radio chats with Ongina from Rupaul’s Drag Race!!


This Wednesday the 15th Robert Breining and I will interview diminutive drag diva, Ongina!! He/She was a fan favorite from the recent LOGO drag reality show “Rupaul’s Drag Race”. She was one of my favorites from the first episode and her warm spirit and adorable sense of humor easily won over viewers. When Ongina revealed his/her (damn those pronouns)  HIV+ status on the show after winning the VIVA GLAM MAC cosmetics challenge she went from fan favorite to instant role model. We will talk to her about that experience and how ‘outing’ herself on national TV affected her friends and family.


A bit about Ongina:

From one of the thousands of tiny islands in the Philippines comes a mighty, powerful force known as Ongina!  Ongina, also known as Ryan Ong Palao,currently resides in Los Angeles, CA and works as an Area Visual Merchandiserfor a specialty retail boutique.  Hence his love for designer shoes and his flair for couture fashion.


Ongina moved to the US in 1994 and has survived the rains of Seattle, the winters of New York and the traffic of Los Angeles.  In New York, he found the love for androgynous, gender-bend drag.  She continued to push the envelope by wearing head pieces rather than wigs when he is in “face.”  Not until hestarted working at Lucky Chengs did Ongina experimented with wigs and full outfemale impersonation.  His drag persona ranges from many different looks fromgender-bend to full on “fish.”


Ongina is recognized recently for her unique appearance on Rupaul’s Drag Race, she gave an artistic appeal and a whole lot of face, sticking true to the Ongina image. Ongina delights audiences across the United States by bringing a strong, bold, beautiful and entertaining character that honors and respects the artistic art of drag, wig or no wig!

Ongina is one unique artist who will leave an imprint in your mind and hopefully in your hearts!  Her name originated from the fascination of a certain kind of “ina”, but she has more balls than a raging bull! Ongina may be as sweet as apple pie, but she’s “blade ready” when she needs to be! Gender-bending, head piece wearing, non tucking Ongina is one who surely delivers!

Ongina’s myspace

Ongina’s Facebook


The show airs every Wednesday at 2 pm EST, and listeners can tune in across the country and the world. The POZ I AM show also airs on Sundays at 9 PM with robert and co-host Jeromy Dunn. Just log in http://www.blogtalkradio.com/poziam and listen to our live streaming chat. If you happen to miss a show you can download the mp3 after the show has aired from the POZ I AM site. We will be interviewing prominent guests in the HIV community and discussing current events involving HIV issues. Listeners can also participate in a live chat online while the show is running. They can ask questions and interact with each other. Again. past shows will be available for download online at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/poziam. The call in number for the show is 347-215-9442. Call and ask Ongina your question!


Robert Breining was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. At a young age Robert discovered the importance of working as a team to accomplish a goal. ln 1996, his junior year in High School, Robert won 1st Team All Catholic in the 110m Hurdles with a time of 14.9 seconds .Robert has been playing soccer for over 20 years. He currently plays for the Philadelphia Falcons and has traveled as far as Copenhagen ,Denmark to compete in an IGLFA (International Gay and Lesbian Futbol Association) Tournaments.

In 2007 Five years after the passing of his father and his HIV diagnosis, Robert had what he calls his “Ah Ha Moment”. Robert looks at every life experience and asks” What am I supposed to learn from this ” In 2007, He became a Campaign Ambassador for Hope’s Voice and participated in their Does HIV Look Like Me ? Campaign. That October he launched The POZIAM community, a social networking website for people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. He wanted to give others with HIV hope and a place to just be themselves. In July of 2008 Robert debuted the POZIAM Radio a bi-weekly internet radio show , with his Co-host  Jeromy Dunn of POZitively Speaking on Sundays.
Robert is described as a  ” Positive Person with a Purpose”. Robert’s goal is to help people living with HIV/AIDS  discover similarities in eachother…and form friendships. More about Robert at http://www.myspace.com/poziam.

My bio is available online at Jackmackenroth.com but I have been HIV+ going on 20 years and I have been active in supporting the HIV community for over a decade but my visibility was exponentially multiplied after I divulged my HIV status on Project Runway. My current HIV campaign sponsored by Merck, Living Positive by Design, aims to fight the stigma associated with HIV and provides educational information for those living with HIV.

I am very excited to be working with Robert. He has done a lot of great work for the HIV community at such a young age. I hope my little bit of celebrity will help this show reach an even larger audience. Please listen in and feel free to join the POZ I AM community here. Also if you would like to be a guest on the show or know someone that might like to be a guest on the show please contact me at Jack@jackmackenroth.com or Robert at Robert@poziam.com
We look forward to hearing from you!




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