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. Presently the honorable mayor (Raul de Guzman, MD) of Basista is in his second term.
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: Don Valeriano Perez, father of the late speaker Eugenio Perez, Buenaventura de Vera, Telesforo de Vera, Eusebio Mamaril, 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.
On September 5, 1961, President Carlos P. Garcia issued Exucutive Order No. 44 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 Pelaez vs. Auditor General" that "municipalities created under Executive Orders are void". It was here that RA 4866 filed by Congressman Jack L. Soriano was enacted into law and legally created Basista as a town of Pangasinan.
Basista is politically subdivided into 13 barangays.
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