- Basista, Pangasinan
Infobox Philippine municipality
infoboxtitle = Municipality of Basista, Pangasinan
sealfile = Basista Pangasinan.png
region = Ilocos Region (Region I)
pop2000 = 26,616
barangays = 13
districts = 2nd District, Pangasinan
class = 5th class; rural
locatormapfile = Ph_locator_pangasinan_basista.png
caption = Map of Pangasinan showing the location of Basista.
Basista is a 5th class municipality in the Province of Pangasinan,
Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 26,616 people in 4,871 households.
The former barrio of Basista, now the site of the town proper or poblacion was once the biggest and one of the progressive barrios located in the far south of the mother town, San Carlos (now a city).
As early as the year 1918, some of the most influential and prominent citizens of the then barrio of Basista came together and made the first attempt to petition the municipal government and the provincial board of San Carlos and Pangasinan respectively to grant the township of their barrios.
Prominent politicians during that time volunteered their help in making representations with the proper authorities, but their request was not granted. Some of those leaders were: General Mamaril, Don Valeriano Perez, father of the late speaker
Eugenio Perez, Buenaventura de Vera, Telesforo de Vera, Gregorio Malicdem, Cayetano Perez, Gaudencio Padua, Gregorio Valdez, Ramon Valdez, Don Roque de Vera, Domingo Resultay, Bernardo Resultay, Liberato Frias, Hipolito Cayabyab, Alejandro Cayabyab, Pascual Resultay, Raymundo de Guzman, Vicente de Guzman, Domingo de Guzman, Vicente Frias, Florentino Malicdem, Faustino Monzon, Cornelio de Guzman, Felix de Guzman and several others.
September 5, 1961, President Carlos P. Garciaissued Executive Order No. 446 creating the town of Basista composed of 13 barrios out of the 28 that petitioned. Four years after, however, the Philippine Supreme Court declared the town's creation as without legal basis citing their ruling in the " Emmanuel Pelaezvs. Auditor General" that "municipalities created under Executive Orders are void". It was here that Republic ActNo. 4866 filed by Congressman Jack L. Soriano was enacted into law and legally created Basista as a town of Pangasinan.
The current mayor of Basista, Pangasinan is Dr. Raul de Guzman, who is in his second term. He is a licensed medical doctor as well with a degree from the University of Santo Thomas (UST).
Basista is politically subdivided into 13
* Malimpec East
* Osmena Sr.
* [http://pag.wikipedia.org Pangasinan Wikipedia]
* [http://www.t-macs.com/kiso/local/ 2000 Philippine Census Information]
* [http://www.pangasinan.gov.ph Official Website of the Provincial Government of Pangasinan]
* [http://www.dalityapi.com Pangasinan: Preservation and Revitalization of the Pangasinan Language and Literature]
* [http://punch.dagupan.com Sunday Punch]
* [http://www.sunstar.com.ph/pangasinan Sun Star Pangasinan]
* [http://pangasinanstar.prepys.com Pangasinan Star Online]
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