DAGUPAN CITY – At least 21 candidates vying for the coveted title of Ms. Balon Dagupan 2019 marked their first appearance during a press presentation at the City Museum on November 18

This was part of their preparation for the heavily-anticipated pageant which is one of the main highlights of the coming 2018 Dagupan City Fiesta this December.

Comprising the 21 pageant hopefuls are Shirley V. Sotelo of Barangay Mangin, Gieryll Alegoyojo of Barangay Lucao, Allysa Andrea Reyes of Barangay Lasip Chico, Desiree Almonte of Barangay Mamalingling, Janine Salazar of Barangay Lasip Grande, Mica Ella Luna of Barangay Bonuan Gueset, Maria Angelica Saplan of Barangay Pogo Grande, Kristel Ann Salazar of Barangay Bacayao Norte, Alexia Nevado of Barangay Malued, Jhenelle Ann Manaois of Barangay Pogo Chico, Ira Mae Villacorta of Barangay Bonuan Boquig, Quesa Thalia Lopez of Barangay Herrero-Perez, Shena Castro of Barangay II & III, Angelie Nicole Muega of Barangay Salapingao, Jhonalyn Caballero of Barangay Pugaro Suit, Jazel Romero of Barangay Bolosan, Aira Joy de Austria of Barangay Tambac, Cris-Ann delos Reyes of Barangay Caranglaan, and Irish Stephanie Caoile of Barangay Tapuac.

The candidates were picked by the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) councils in their respective barangays as this year’s pageant is to be hosted by the SK Federation headed by its president, Joshua Bugayong. The event is also headed by its Event Chair Councilor Luis “Chito” Samson, Jr.

These ladies will be representing their barangays in the pageant and will be tested on their intelligence, personality, poise and beauty. Each of them will be competing under the swimsuit and long gown competitions.

Only six out of ten selected semi-finalists will be undergoing the Question and Answer portion which will finally determine the candidate to succeed the reigning Ms. Balon Dagupan.

The Search for Ms. Balon Dagupan will be held during the SK Night on December 14.

This year’s fiesta will be headed by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez as City Fiesta Honorary Chair, City Fiesta Hermano Mayor Councilor Jeslito “Jigs” Seen and Vice Chairman Councilor Joey Netu Tamayo. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)