DAGUPAN CITY – Twenty-two year old Crista Marie M. Pulo, a registered medical technologist, is the city’s Ms. Balon Dagupan 2017 after the pageant night on December 14 at the city plaza where she bested 14 other candidates entered in one of the most prestigious pageants in the North.


Pulo, a graduate of the University of Pangasinan Phinma, is currently employed with the City Health Office.


She admits that the Ms. Balon Dagupan pageant was her first beauty pageant that she joined.


The new Miss Balon Dagupan disclosed that she was overwhelmed when her name was announced as the Ms. Balon Dagupan 2017.


In the question and answer portion, Ms. Pulo said that winning the crown would give her the opportunity to talk to people and share her advocacies and ideas specifically on HIV awareness, because as a practicing Medical Technologist, “I actually test blood to detect if a person has HIV and it is such frustrating that HIV cases here in Pangasinan are arising. A campaign for HIV awareness would be great,” she added.


Pulo will be formally crowned on December 26 during the Balon Dagupan Gala Night at the city plaza. It is also the day the people of Dagupan pay homage to their patron saint, John the Evangelists.


She will be crowned along with her royal courts, 1st Runner-Up Dorothy Mei P. Pagal and 2nd Runner-Up Lorena Guardiana.  In that ceremony, Ms. Balon Dagupan 2016 April Ann Ramos Melecio will turn over her crown and scepter to the new MIss Balon Dagupan.


Ms. Pulo also won several minor awards including two major awards, the Ms. Photogenic and Best in Evening Wear while Ms.  Guardiana clinched the Best in Swimwear award,


Ms. Balon Dagupan 2017 will also receive  P40,000 cash prize while the 1st Runner-Up and the 2nd Runner-Up will receive P20,000 and P10,000, respectively.(Joseph C. Bacani/CIO/Dec. 15, 2016)