Ed Figueroa, who performs as drag alter ego Bombalicious Eklaver, is relatively new to performance drag having started about a year ago.
“I’ve been cross dressing for several years,” the 38-year-old Manila, Philippines native says. “I started posting comedy videos online and one became viral in the Philippines so that motivated me to continue. I have always been doing drag in different forms at various stages in my life but I’m doing it more now than ever before.”
His event Asian Explosion will be held Friday, Nov. 17 at 10 p.m. at the Baltimore Eagle (2022 N. Charles St.). Bombalicious will host. Performers include Lady Geisha Stratton, Jasmine Tea, Sue Nami, Sirius Prism and Labella Mafia. They’re all Asian queens from China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Thailand and more. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Gia Gunn is the guest star. General admission is $15; reserved seating tickets are $25. VIP meet-and-greet tickets with Gia are $45. Look for the event on Facebook or go to thebaltimoreeagle.com.
“Asian Explosion is my baby from conceptualization to production,” Figueroa says. “It’s a celebration of heritage, culture, drag and performance art. We’re bringing together the best Asian drag performers in the DMV and beyond.”
Figueroa works by day as a nurse. He came to the Baltimore area 11 years ago to work at Mercy Medical Center. He and partner Ivn Manahan live in Hanover, Md., with their Pomeranians Bogart and Bertha. Figueroa enjoys dining, traveling and wine in his free time.
How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?
I came out late in college and my family has been supportive.
Who’s your LGBT hero?
What’s Baltimore’s best nightspot, past or present?
Club Hippo & G•A•Y, RIP
Describe your dream wedding.
My actual wedding.
What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?
What historical outcome would you change?
Trump getting elected.
What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?
Miss Philippines winning Miss Universe 2015.
On what do you insist?
What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?
“That was short and sweet. I’m already obsessed. #ShadeQueensofNYC”
If your life were a book, what would the title be?
“I Made It Happen”
If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?
I would protest.
What do you believe in beyond the physical world?
What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?
Remain steadfast and strong, the fight is not over.
What would you walk across hot coals for?
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
That we’re sexual predators.
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
What’s the most overrated social custom?
Asking “How are you?” without any real concern.
What trophy or prize do you most covet?
Powerball or MegaMillions.
What do you wish you’d known at 18?
It will all happen, just wait.
Because life is where you make it.