05 October 2012 – The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur reported that 16-year old Filipina Erika Magora won the Malaysian edition of Seventeen Magazine's Covergirl Search for 2012.
She paid a courtesy call on Ambassador J. Eduardo Malaya on October 1 with her mother, Anne Patricia Magora.
Ambassador Malaya congratulated the Filipina teen fashionista for her victory, and urged her to remain a well-rounded individual—both in school and in extracurricular activities.
"Do continue to be a pride of your Filipino heritage, and show to them the beauty, spirit and other positive Filipino traits. Also, be a good example to your fellow teenagers on what they can strive to be," he said.
Ms. Magora was born of Filipino parentage and grew up in Valenzuela City. She arrived in Malaysia in 2008 with her mother and grandmother, and studies in a private school in Subang Jaya, Selangor.
She is fluent in Filipino, English and Malay. Her favorite pastime is playing the guitar, singing, surfing the net and she loves reading books. Currently, she is in her last year in High School and is always a top student in her class. Ms. Magora intends to pursue law studies in college.
Last January 2012, Ms. Magora attended an event entitled "Clinique Sweet Seventeen Makeover Party" organized by Seventeen Malaysia. During the event, one of the magazine editors spotted her, and because of her natural Filipina beauty, was invited for a photo shoot for their June 2012 issue.
In April, she also joined the Seventeen Covergirl Search 2012, and was one of the 10 finalists. The winner was to be chosen by SMS votes.
Because of her charm and beauty, she stood out from all other contestants and won the contest. She then appeared in the magazine's October 2012 issue, together with Malaysian pop star Mizz Nina.