Basista was once the largest barrios of San Carlos. The town was founded after a long legal battle between then-president Carlos P. Garcia and the Supreme Court. Garcia Issued Executive Order No. 446 paving the way for the creation of the municipality of Basista only to be declared illegal by the Supreme Court four years later. Only after Representative Jack L. Soriano filed the Republic Act No. 4866 and enacted into law that Basista became a municipality in Pangasinan.
The town belongs to the second congressional district of Pangasinan and is 29 kilometers from the capital town of Lingayen. Basista has a land area of 3,050 hectares and a population of 37,679 according to the latest 2020 census.
Basista is known for its annual celebration of the Basista Town Fiesta which features street dancing, colorful costumes, and various activities such as beauty pageants, parades, and a grand ball.
Basista’s major products include rice, corn, vegetables, poultry, handicrafts, and homemade food items.
Jolly R. Resuello
Jake Niccole Perez