Summer Siren: Red Dela Cruz

It’s been a red-hot summer so far, and Red Dela Cruz is here to turn up the heat even more.

Dela Cruz is a former Premier Vixen and PXC ring girl who has quite the following both in the Philippines and abroad. She’s one of five finalists for the UFC Octagon Girl Search, which will pair a lucky Pinay with Arianny Celeste for Octagon Girl duties at UFC Manila on May 16.

A dance-fanatic since the age of 10, Dela Cruz is always on the go, from doing her own webisodes to posing for magazines. Movement seems to be ingrained in her lifestyle.

“I go to the gym everyday and I like singing, dancing, and acting. I have a band, but I can’t tell you much about it yet–it’s a secret,” she says with a laugh.

Dela Cruz is always in a state of movement, and now she’s looking to move on to the next phase of her career as a UFC Octagon Girl.

“I feel very happy and blessed to be part of the top 5 because a lot of girls auditioned but the judges picked me,” she says on being selected as a finalist. “I have experience as a PXC ring girl, and I think that will benefit me because I’ve been there, and I know how to walk the ring and work the crowd. I feel happy and excited when I do that. I feel like I own the cage.

“It would mean a lot to me to win the Octagon Girl Search. The UFC is the biggest MMA organization in the world with plenty of fans. It would be an honor to be the first homegrown Filipina Octagon Girl.”

Photos by Jonathan De Jesus

Video by Caloy Soliongco (vimeo.com/caloy)

Music by Lustbass (facebook.com/Lustbass)

Special thanks to Aga Tomawis and Kat Castaneda (instagram.com/speedtroopers) and to Tonyo Silva and alvostore.com.

Gab Pangalangan

Gab Pangalangan is a former collegiate national Judo champ and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of DojoDrifter.com. You can find his other works in the Philippines' leading magazines and websites.
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