Students from Samar College who were in the audience burst into cheers when schoolmate, 16 -year old Lyra Rabi Eneran, was announced as the 2011 Miss Manaragat during the Miss Manaragat Beauty Pageant Grand Coronation Night held at the City Plaza last August 22, 2011.

A consistent honor student at the Samar College, Eneran answered with aplomb the final question “what is the best thing that happened to Catbalogan City?” To this, she readily answered in the local dialect that the best thing that happened to Catbalogan City was the progress it has experienced of late which is evident in the establishments and infrastractures to be found here.

The young beauty representing Barangay Maulong, emerged as a favorite in this stage of the pageant having bagged the minor awards for Best in Swimsuit, Best in Long Gown, Best in Eco-Filipiniana Terno and several special awards such as Miss Photogenic and Darling of the Press as well as others given by various pageant sponsors. All these gave her enough points to make it to the final round along with eventual first runner-up Ms. Glennah Marie Avenido of Brgy. 04 Poblacion and second runner-up Ms. Oddette Maffi Tarrayo who represented Brgy. 11 Poblacion.

Avenido, a licensed nurse who stood out during the Pre-Pageant Night bagged two minor awards namely Best in Talent and Best in Casual Wear, two of the competitions that were screened in this earlier stage of the pageant. Tarrayo, a college student taking up Medical Technology at the Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Medical Foundation, was chosen for the Miss Eloquence Award.

Lou Dominique Piczon and Jasmin Japson, representatives of Brgy. 03 Poblacion and Brgy. 01 Poblacion respectively , were the two other candidates who made it to the Top 5. Piczon, a senior from the Mentally Gifted class of Samar National School, was also given the Miss Professionalism minor award and the Miss Facebook special award for gaining a wide lead in the online voting with a total of 860 votes. Japzon, a BSED Biology Student from the Samar State University won the minor award for Best in Manaragat Festival Costume. Miss Rachel Rondina, a senior at the Antonio G. Tuason High School and representing the Sierra Group of Islands, was also given the minor award for Miss Congeniality.

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