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Student athlete Lorraine Hann is Miss Mandaue 2019

Lorraine Hann (center) is Miss Mandaue 2019. With her are first runner-up Amanda Basnillo (left) and second runner-up Jesselle Saniel (right). CDN Digital photo | Michelle Joy Padayhag

Mandaue City, Cebu—Lorraine Hann thought she had no chances of winning the Miss Mandaue 2019 crown.

After all, she had no special awards during the coronation night on Tuesday evening, May 7, 2019,  at the Mandaue City Cultural and Sports Complex. 

But the stars aligned for the 18-year-old student athlete and beauty queen when she got the nod of the judges and bested 15 other candidates. 

“I was so surprised because I did not receive any special awards.I am really in the state of shock,” she told the reporters after her victory.

Aside from the Golden Crown of Mandaue, Hann also won P100,000 and a free one-year full tuition fee in any school of her choice in Metro Cebu. 

Read more: Miss Mandaue organizers unveil ‘Golden Crown of Mandaue’

The 5-foot-8 stunner believes that what made her win the crown is her story as an athlete and experience in the pageantry. 

The Consolacion native has won several competitions in the past, including Miss Consolacion 2017, Miss Governor’s Cup 2018, and Miss Cesafi 2018 for high school category.

Lorraine Hann (center) wins the Miss Mandaue 2019 crown. With her are first runner-up Amanda Basnillo (left) and second runner-up Jesselle Saniel (right). CDN Digital photo | Michelle Joy Padayhag

Hann finished her high school education at the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu’s (SHS-AdC). 

Aside from being a beauty queen and a model, Hann is also a multi-titled swimmer.

She won gold during the Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) meet in 2018 and bagged a bronze during the 2018 Palarong Pambansa.

Hann has a Filipino and American lineage. She was born in Michigan in the United States of America (USA) but her family moved to Cebu when she was five years old.

Hann shared the same stage with Jesselle Saniel and Amanda Basnillo during the final question and answer for the Top 3 finalists. 

Miss Mandaue 2019 Lorraine Hann. | photo from MISS Mandaue Facebook page

The Top 3 shared one question, which was, “As Mandaue turns 50 as a Chartered City, what slogan or hashtag would you propose to inspire and motivate all the millennial Mandauehanons to push forward the progress and livability in the city in the next 50 years?”

Hann answered, “It would have to be hashtag #ProgressMandaue because as a citizen of Mandaue, the first thing that comes to mind is  progress. Mandaue City has been progressive over the years, especially this year, the 50th year. The Mandauehanons are very participative people, they listen to their leaders, and aside from that, they are also very welcoming. Through the succeeding years, I hope that Mandaue will continue to progress to its sustainability.” 

After winning the crown, Hann said she will focus on her advocacy, which is youth education, especially in promoting tutorial sessions for children as well as feeding program.

She is also set on enrolling at the Cebu Doctors’ University (CDU) to take up  Physical Therapy in the hopes of helping other student athletes lessen injuries in the future. 

Hann performs on stage. | photo from the MISS Mandaue Facebook page

Basnillo finished first runner-up. She also received the Media’s Choice Award and Best in Evening Gown. She won P50,000 as her prize being the first runner-up. 

“I am very shocked and I am very glad to be part of the Top 3,” she said.

Miss Mandaue 2019 is Basnillo’s first major pageant.

Other titles under her belt are Miss Cesafi 2014 first runner-up for High School category and Miss USPF 2016. 

A native of Consolacion, Basnillo is a

senior high school student from the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF). 

Completing the court is Saniel, who placed second runner-up. 

She also received Best in Swimsuit and Best in Runway. Saniel received P30,000 cash prize for her second runner-up finish.

“I feel so blessed and thankful to be part of the Golden Year of Miss Mandaue. I am so happy that I am part of the Top 3 and I owe this success to everyone who has been part of the journey,” she said.

Miss Mandaue 2019 is her second pageant. Her first title was Miss Talisay City 2018.

The Talisay City native is a Tourism student at the University of San Jose Recoletos (USJR). 

Completing the Miss Mandaue 2019 Top 8 finalists were Lorraine Mitzi Ambrad, Aijeleth Borja, Kristine Gillamac, Christine Rudolph, and Umayma Al Rawahi. 

Other candidates in this year’s contest were Rhean Caruana, R-Jane Lugod, Angel Mae Dakay, Rica Mae Pitogo, Julienne Dabon, Angeli Navarro, and Karla Lasquite. /bmjo

Full list of special awards:

Best in Swimsuit: Jesselle Saniel

Best in Runway: Jesselle Saniel

Best in Evening Gown: Amanda Basnillo

Best Designer for Evening Gown: Mel Maria worn by Umayma Al Rawahi

Best in Talent: Lorraine Mitzi Ambrad

Media’s Choice Award: Amanda Basnillo

Miss Congeniality: Lorraine Mitzi Ambrad

Miss Photogenic: Christine Rudolph

Miss Professionalism: Aijeleth Borja

Miss Fitness: Christine Rudolph

TAGS: Amanda Basnillo, Cebu Doctors University, Golden Crown of Mandaue, Jesselle Saniel, Lorraine Hann, Miss Mandaue, Miss Mandaue 2019, Sacred Heart School - Ateneo de Cebu, student-athlete
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