Center for Pangasinan Studies Joins the 9th General Assembly of the Local Historical Committees Network of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines

The Center for Pangasinan Studies (CPS), represented by Mr. Nicanor Germono, Jr (CPS Focal Person, PTCAO), joined the 9th General Assembly of the Local Historical Committees Network (LHCN) of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) held from August 3 – 5, at Bayfront Hotel – Capitol Site, Cebu City.
The 2-day program kicked off with the presentation of the official logo for the 125th anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence, which will take place next year (June 12, 2023). The NHCP also shared its initial program of activities for the said commemoration. Held at the historic Fort San Pedro, the oath-taking ceremony of the newly affiliated members of the network was also conducted during the activity.
During the 9th General Assembly, NHCP Chair Dr. Rene Escalante presented the accomplishments of the network from 2020 to 2021. Some of the highlighted accomplishments include the conduct of various online and offline programs and activities anchored on the National Quincentennial Commemorations (NQC) in the Philippines, heritage conservation workshops and seminars, and local historical research and publications, among others. The keynote address was delivered by renowned public historian, Professor Ambeth Ocampo, who emphasized the importance of local history, especially amidst the age of historical distortion and misinformation.
A workshop was also conducted which facilitated the discussion on and eventual finalization of the Cebu Protocol on Local History Development, or the National Action Plan for Local History Development for 2022–2027. The Center for Pangasinan Studies (CPS), which became an affiliate member in 2019, also received its Certificate of Membership from the NHCP. To cap off the 2-day program, a heritage tour was provided by the City Government of Cebu to all the participants.
The Local Historical Committees Network (LHCN) is composed of various local studies centers, academic organizations, civil society organizations, and other agencies/offices across the country whose programs and projects are anchored on the enrichment and development of local history and heritage. It was formally established through Republic Act No. 10086, or the “Strengthening People’s Nationalism through History Act of 2010.”
/NDG Jr.
Photos: NDG Jr. & Dr. Eliseo Dela Cruz

Province of Pangasinan Joins the Cultural Center of the Philippines – Kaisa Sa Sining Luzon Network Regional Caucus-Dialogue

The Provincial Government of Pangasinan, through the Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (PTCAO), joined the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) – Kaisa Sa Sining (KSS) Luzon Network Regional Caucus-Dialogue held from August 4 – 5, 2022, at the Orchid Garden Hotel, Manila.
The activity was attended by Ms. Maria Luisa Amor-Elduayan, PTCAO Department Head, along with the KSS partners and members from Nueva Vizcaya, La Union, Baguio City, Bataan, Malolos – Guiguinto and Bulacan Province, Batangas City, Los Baños, Biñan, Mauban, Sorsogon, and Marinduque.
The Regional Caucus-Dialogue served as a platform for the discussion of major collaborative projects and activities of the network and its members for 2023 – 2025. As part of the 2-day activity, the KSS representatives were also provided with a tour of the newly restored Metropolitan Theater and the new CCP Black Box Theater. The participants also attended the 2022 Cinemalaya Festival.
The Kaisa Sa Sining (KSS) is a partnership program of the Cultural Center of the Philippines that aims to further enrich, develop, and promote arts and culture in the regions and the whole country. It is also intended to increase public participation in the arts, promote artistic excellence, and facilitate a vibrant collaboration between and among communities. The Provincial Government of Pangasinan became a member of the CCP-KSS in 2018 through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the LGU and the CCP.
/NDG Jr.
Photos: Ms. Carmencita Jasareno Bernardo
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The Story of How Basista Became A Municipality

This historical marker by Eugenio Perez is located in Brgy. Obong in Basista, Pangasinan where he was born. This marker was put up in 1996 by the National Historical Institute (forerunner of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines or NHCP). Eugenio Perez is the first Speaker of the House of Representatives in the first Congress of the Philippine Third Republic. One of the most notable laws he passed is Republic Act No. 170 making Dagupan a city. 

If Obong is in Basista, chances are you may have heard before that Perez hailed from San Carlos (then a municipality). Why is it so? 

In the book “Eugenio Perez 1896-1957: First Speaker of the Philippine Republic,” Conrado F. Estrella, Sr. recounted the time in 1957 when he bumped into Perez in Basista of which its major part was then under San Carlos. Estrella was then the Governor of Pangasinan while Perez was the Representative of the Second District of the province in the House of Representatives. Here, Perez remarked, “Conrado, people here are aspiring to make Basista a municipality.” The petition to make Basista a municipality has long been fought for since 1918 but was always rejected. Estrella replied that he wanted to consult Perez on the matter. Perez then said, “If it is the wish of the people, it is okay with me, to hasten the progress of this place.” 

Governor Estrella endorsed in 1960 the petition to President Carlos P. Garcia who then issued Executive Order No. 446 dated September 5, 1961 creating the Municipality of Basista composed of 10 barangays (including Obong) from San Carlos, two from Bayambang and one from Malasiqui.  Obong, therefore, that was once under San Carlos became a part of Basista. 

However, this executive order was declared as void by the Philippine Supreme Court some time later, citing the ruling on “Emmanuel Pelaez vs. Auditor General” that “municipalities created under Executive Orders are void.” 

Subsequently, Jack Laureano Soriano, then the Representative of the Second District, passed Republic Act No. 4866 declaring Basista as a duly constituted municipality. It was approved on May 8, 1967. 



Municipality of Basista. Basista Cultural Heritage Mapping. n.p.: n.p., 2022. 

Eugenio Perez Foundation. Eugenio Perez 1896-1957: First Speaker of the Philippine Republic. n.p.: Paradigm Printers, 1996. 

Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. “Executive Order No. 446, s. 1961.” Accessed July 19, 2022. 



Photo by: LGU Basista

Image by: MBRR


Juan C. Laya Day in Pangasinan

We join the people of San Manuel, Pangasinan today, July 12, 2022, in commemorating the town’s “Juan Cabreros Laya Day” by virtue of Ordinance No. 2017-05 passed by its Sangguniang Bayan in 2017.

A native of San Manuel, Juan C. Laya was a  teacher and a novelist. Born on July 12, 1911, Laya finished his Bachelor of Science in Education and a master’s degree at the University of the Philippines Diliman and his graduate studies in English at Indiana University, U.S.A. Some of his notable novels are “Humiliation of His Children” (1931) and “Out of Storm” (1939). But it was his “His Native Soil” (1940) that won him the first prize in the First Commonwealth Literary Awards on the same year.

After World War II, he was designated as principal of the Manila High School and the first Filipino principal of the Manila North High School (now Arellano High School). He was also the first non-Tagalog member of Surian ng Wikang Pambansa (now Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino) in 1948. He was the division superintendent of schools in Bataan when he died on August 3, 1952 in an accident.

The San Manuel Central School where he finished his elementary education was renamed as Juan C. Laya Central School SPED Center (JCLCSSC) in his honor. On July 12, 1982, the National Historical Institute (forerunner of National Historical Commission of the Philippines) put a marker in his hometown in recognition of his life and achievements.

Juan C. Laya is the father of Jaime C. Laya, former Administrator of Intramuros Administration and former Chairman of National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).



MPJCL Supreme Student Government. “Sino nga ba si Juan Cabreros Laya?” Facebook, July 12, 2020.

Pangasinan Provincial Library. Folder on Juan C. Laya. Accessed October 4, 2021.

Provincial Government of Pangasinan. “Resolution No. 496-2017.” Accessed October 4, 2021.


Photo by MBRR

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Pangasinan Welcomes Its 31st Governor

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – The province of Pangasinan welcomed its 31st Governor-Elect Hon. Ramon “Mon-Mon” V. Guico III as he took his oath in a ceremony held at the Sison Auditorium in Lingayen on June 29, 2022.

The ceremony began with a march of police officers representing each city and town of Pangasinan starting from the Governor Park proceeding to the Capitol Plaza and lastly to the Sison Auditorium. Officials from all over Pangasinan as well as select investors and corporations attended the event.

Police representatives from each city and town of Pangasinan marching to Sison Auditorium.

In his inauguration speech, Hon. Governor Ramon “Mon-Mon” V. Guico III highlighted a handful of points that his administration aims to focus on such as good governance, economy, investments and promotions, education, health services, food security, and peace and order. Under his leadership, Governor Ramon Guico III underscored his vision for Pangasinan to be a haven for business, commerce and trade.

Governor Ramon Guico III during his inaugural speech.

“A vibrant economy means more job opportunities for the people,” Governor Ramon Guico III said in his inauguration speech on June 29, 2022, as he emphasized the importance of improving the province’s economy by boosting the community’s income and wages.

Governor Ramon Guico III also expressed his goal to institutionalize the province’s scholarship program and thus create closer partnerships with local universities, colleges and other educational institutions. Regarding food security, the newly elected governor shared how he plans to introduce high-value crops to local farmers in order to further develop the province’s agricultural industry.

from left to right: Mrs. Arlyn Guico, Ramon Ethaniel, Eliza Rae, Mrs. Maan Tuazon-Guico, Eliana Grace, Governor Ramon Guico III, Ramon Ezekiel, and Member-Elect 5th District Representative of Pangasinan Congressman Ramon Guico Jr.

After taking his oath, Governor Ramon Guico III signed a memorandum of agreement with Gr8 Seas Holdings Inc. and Sahi Technologies in a project to establish a new facility for the manufacturing of electric vehicle charging stations, batteries and battery energy storage systems in the town of Bayambang.

Governor Ramon Guico III with Dr. Cezar Quiambao of Bayambang after the
MOA signing with Gr8 Seas Holdings, Inc. and Sahi Strategic Alliance Holdings, Inc.

Hon. Governor Ramon Guico III and his family were guided to the Capitol Building after the oath-taking ceremony where hundreds of Capitol employees welcomed them as they made their way to the Governor’s Office. At the same time, guests proceeded to a celebratory luncheon held at the Provincial Training and Development Centers 1 and 2 where Governor Ramon Guico III and his family joined them shortly after the warm welcome at his new office.

Throughout the event, cultural performances were showcased by the Ligliwa Dance Troupe (Mangatarem) and the Belyaw Dance Troupe (Mangaldan), as well as performances by violinist Mr. John Lester De Guzman (Urbiztondo), KORO Unibersidad de Dagupan and the University of Luzon Drum & Bugle Corps.


photos by PGP


Pangasinan Celebrates Pista’y Dayat 2022

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – In the midst of the summer heat, Pangasinenses and tourists flocked to the Capitol Beachfront in Lingayen, Pangasinan to join the Provincial Government of Pangasinan, led by Governor Amado “Pogi” I. Espino III, in celebrating the province’s beloved thanksgiving festival, the Pista’y Dayat on May 1, 2022.

The celebration of the Pista’y Dayat this 2022 was simple yet immensely significant since Pangasinan’s tourism industry had to take the backseat due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Known for its month-long festivities, the celebration of the Pista’y Dayat started with activities and events since the commemoration of the province’s Agew na Pangasinan last April 5, 2022. Activities such as the opening of the 13th Pangasinan Tourism and Trade Expo, the opening of the Abig Sining Visual Arts Exhibit, the weekly Konsyerto ed Gulpo on Fridays and Saturdays, Zumba (sponsored by LGU Lingayen) on early Saturday mornings, Orchestra Showdown, and the Konsyerto ed Baybay (sponsored by San Miguel Brewery Inc.) fittingly led up to the momentous May 1 event.

Konsyerto sa Baybay, sponsored by San Miguel Brewery Inc.

“There is life after difficulties. There is life in failures. There is life after challenges. We get through these because there is love,” Most Rev. Bishop Fidelis B. Layog imparted to the visitors who attended the Misa na Pisasalamat that officially started the Pista’y Dayat event proper. A timely message as Pangasinenses and tourists came together to pay tribute to Pangasinan’s bountiful seas and hardworking fishing communities, reflected at the same time through a performance by the Belyaw Street Dancers from Mangaldan and the Pandaragupan Drum Beaters of Dagupan City after the mass.

The evening of the grand thanksgiving festival was spent with Pangasinan’s local talents: Insiyong Tamayo, Arah Mae and Renz Ruther Robosa, Boyz Impact, Dynamic Duo, Ela Banana Band, Joe Caranto Orchestra, and the United Alliance Hiphop Dancers. Renowned Filipino rock band The Itchyworms joined the celebration as they performed favorite OPM songs that concert-goers joyfully sang and danced to.

Local executives and their respective staff as well as groups of Pangasinenses returned to the Capitol Beachfront in Lingayen for a coastal clean-up activity after the festivities.

While COVID-19 cases slowly but surely continue to lessen in the recent weeks, locals and tourism workers are optimistic that the celebration of this year’s Pista’y Dayat is a sign for the strong comeback of Pangasinan’s tourism industry after two years of uncertainty amidst the pandemic.


The Pista’y Dayat was made possible by the following sponsors:


Provincial Government of Pangasinan Formally Opens the Abig Sining Visual Arts Exhibit

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – The announcement and awarding of winners of the Provincial Government of Pangasinan’s ABIG SINING Visual Arts Competition took place at the Casa Real in Lingayen. The exhibit was subsequently opened as part of the 442nd Agew na Pangasinan celebration in the afternoon of April 5, 2022.

The COVID-19 pandemic posed as a major hindrance to the creative endeavors by Pangasinan’s visual artists. The ABIG SINING Visual Arts Competition, wherein the Pangasinan word abig  means healing, betterment, goodness, wellness, prosperity, beauty, and welfare, aimed to be a platform for the province’s visual artists to continuously enrich and showcase their art and creativity amidst the pandemic. These artworks breathe and reflect the bared thoughts and souls of Pangasinan’s artists in their respective journeys to heal amidst these trying times, as well as their outlook for the future post-pandemic.

At the ceremony, First District Board Member and Committee Chair on Tourism, Arts and Culture Margielou Orange Humilde-Verzosa represented Governor Amado “Pogi” I. Espino III as she welcomed the guests and shared how, although she could not call herself an expert of the arts, she appreciates and understands how art and its various expressions is a source of comfort, inspiration and strength. Pangasinan Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Officer Maria Luisa Amor-Elduayan then introduced the board of judges that comprised renowned artists: painter and University of the Philippines Diliman Professor Emeritus Nestor Vinluan; sculptor and painter and University of the Philippines Diliman assistant professor Toym Imao; street muralist and painter and Sining Eskinita Founder and visual anthropreneur Venazir Martinez; Arts Administrator, co-founder of Art Fair Philippines and Head of the National Committee on Visual Arts of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Geraldine “Dindin” Araneta; and Dagupan City-born painter and sculptor, and 2012 ASNA Awardee for Visual Arts Joe Datuin.

The ABIG SINING Visual Arts Competition was launched last February in celebration of the 2022 National Arts Month. Submission of entries began on March 15, 2022 and the deadline was extended until March 31, 2022. The judging and deliberation took place at the Casa Real on April 4, 2022, where the board of judges reviewed a total of 49 paintings and 11 sculptures.

“Hilum sa Bahay-bahayan” by Clyde Aedriel T. Rafael from the eastern Pangasinan town of Natividad won first place in the competition’s Painting Category, followed by “Ang Tatlong Puting Ibon” by Joshua R. Carajay and “Retrospection” by John Ray A. Dizon, both artists from the town of Alcala. Special citations were also given to Jeffrey “Domeng” Dela Cruz of Bugallon for his work entitled, “Hiding Place” and to James B. Ison of Alaminos City for his work, “Edukasyon. Pangarap. Pag-asa.”

“Estudyante sa Panahon ng Pandemya” by Lingayen resident Bonifacio G. De Guzman, Jr. took home first place for the Sculpture Category while Bolinao sculptors Marco Dispo Cañas and Wenny P. Licuanan won 2nd and 3rd place for their works, “Hope” and “Angkas Tungo sa Pangarap” respectively.

The ABIG SINING Visual Arts Exhibit at the ground floor of the Casa Real in Lingayen is open for public viewing on Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

*In observance of Holy Week, the exhibit will be closed from April 14 to 17, 2022. It will be reopened on April 19, 2022.



Pangasinan Celebrates 442nd Agew na Pangasinan and Opens the 13th Pangasinan Tourism and Trade Expo

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – The Provincial Government of Pangasinan, led by Governor Amado “Pogi” I. Espino III, celebrated the 442nd founding anniversary of the province of Pangasinan and officially opened the 13th Pangasinan Tourism and Trade Expo at the Capitol Beachfront on April 5, 2022.

With the word “asin” at the heart of its name, the province of Pangasinan is known to be one of the top producers of salt in the Philippines. This significant commodity embodies the identity of Pangasinan and Pangasinenses as Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan emphasized in his homily during the Misa na Pisasalamat held at the historical Sison Auditorium in Lingayen.

“Our forefathers preserved Pangasinan by the salt of sacrifices,” Archbishop Villegas shared. “Salt is a component of contracts, of promises, and of word of honor. Our forefathers exchanged salt in agreement. This is because salt is constant. Salt does not change.

“Let us preserve what we have received from our forefathers, be responsible for future generations, add flavor to our tasteless and bland lives, and to stand and honor our word,” Archbishop Villegas imparted to the guests present at the Sison Auditorium as he ended his homily.

After the Misa na Pisasalamat, Governor Espino was joined by Lingayen Mayor Leopoldo N. Bataoil, Board Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Provincial Government department heads and employees, and local tourism officers as they took part in a parade led by the University of Luzon Drum and Bugle Corps en route to the Capitol Beachfront where Fr. Yannix Liguid blessed the grounds of the 13th Pangasinan Tourism and Trade Expo.

“We try our best para masaya ang kabababayan natin,” Governor Espino said shortly after the blessing of the Expo grounds. “The booth space here in the Capitol Beachfront is free. We invited our local entrepreneurs, our MSMEs so that they could promote and sell their products.”

As part of the Provincial Government’s commitment to a unified tourism recovery plan for Pangasinan amidst the industry’s new normal, the return of the Pangasinan Tourism and Trade Expo has been a long awaited event as the province’s tourism industry had to take a backseat amidst the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic last March 2020. This meant that several tourism workers and MSMEs had to adjust in order to keep their businesses going. One of the initiatives that the Provincial Government implemented in order to help local MSMEs was the Pamanang Yaman, Produktong Pangasinan project wherein the Provincial Government purchased products of local MSMEs and travelled around the province in order to promote and sell these.

The opening of the Pangasinan Tourism and Trade Expo also coincides with the beginning of the Pistay Dayat festivities. Included in this year’s activities is the opening of the Abig Sining Visual Arts Exhibit at the Casa Real and the Konsyerto ëd Expo at the Capitol Beachfront.



PTCAO Joins 2022 National Arts Month With ABIG SINING: Visual Arts Competition

The Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (PTCAO) joins the nation in celebrating National Arts Month this February with the theme, “Sining ng Pag-asa.”

According to the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the theme this year is to recognize art as a medium and expression of hope reflecting our creative ways of responding to the effects of pandemics, disasters, and other social realities, as well as the role of art in improving our lives in the community as Filipinos.

In line with this celebration, the PTCAO will be conducting the 2022 ABIG SINING: Visual Arts Competition from February 4 to March 25, 2022 with the theme, “ABIG: Healing in Art.”

Read on to know the contest guidelines.


You may download the entry form here: 



For more information and submission of entries, please see the Secretariat, Cultural Affairs Division-Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office, 1st Floor Malong Building, Capitol Complex, Lingayen, Pangasinan. You may also contact us at (075) 542-6853 or 09998839740.




Provincial Government of Pangasinan commemorates Lingayen Gulf Landings Anniversary and Pangasinan Veterans Day

Lingayen, Pangasinan – The Provincial Government of Pangasinan commemorated the 77th Lingayen Gulf Landings anniversary as well as the 15th Pangasinan Veterans Day today, January 9, 2022 at the Veterans Memorial Park located within the Capitol Complex in Lingayen, Pangasinan.

The program started with a mass presided by Msgr. Manuel S. Bravo Jr., followed by the ceremonial wreath laying by Mr. Floro Fabia Castro and Ms. Marlyn Pizarras Bautista (representatives from the Veterans Federation of the Philippines Sons and Daughters Association, Inc.), PCol. Richmond L. Tadina (PNP Provincial Director of Pangasinan) and Governor Amado I. Espino III.

The Lingayen Gulf Landings anniversary and the Pangasinan Veterans Day are celebrated annually on January 9 to commemorate the heroic services and sacrifices that our Pangasinense soldiers rendered during World War II to ensure the freedom and bright future of our beloved Philippines and the future generations.


Photos courtesy of PTCAO-Special Events Division


PTCAO conducts Pangasinan Tourism Frontliner Seminar-Workshop in Mabini

In partnership with the Mabini Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office, the Pangasinan Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office conducted a two-day seminar-workshop for tourism frontliners in Mabini entitled, “MAGNAYON! Pangasinan Tourism Frontliner Seminar-Workshop” last December 27 and December 29, 2021. The seminar-workshop focused on various topics, mainly: tourism, personality development, effective customer service, and communication and basic tour guiding techniques.

The program was designed to develop and sustain a tourism workforce that can readily provide quality standards of service to visitors traveling to and within the province of Pangasinan. A total of 31 participants benefited from the two-day seminar-workshop and were subsequently awarded certificates of completion on December 29, 2021.


PTCAO meets with tourism stakeholders in Anda

On November 4, 2021, the Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (PTCAO) conducted a meeting with Anda tourism stakeholders at 828 Gems Beach Resort, Tondol, Anda, Pangasinan.

Provincial Tourism Officer Maria Luisa Amor-Elduayan, alongside the PTCAO Technical Support Service Division staff, met with Tourism Officer Mr. Daryll Celeste and accommodation establishment owners in the area to gauge LGU tourism activity in light of fewer travel restrictions mandated by the provincial and national government. Alongside the general updating and monitoring of Anda’s application and use of the Tara Na Online Visitors’ Registration System (OVRS), Ms. Amor-Elduayan and Mr. Celeste held an open forum to address the concerns of the local tourism stakeholders. Issues on DOT accreditation application, implementation of environmental fees, rollout of vaccinations, water filter systems, and seagrass accumulation are some of the key concerns raised by the Accommodation Establishment Owners’ Association and subsequently addressed by Ms. Amor-Elduayan and Mr. Celeste.

As part of the activity, Ms. Amor-Elduayan, with the PTCAO Technical Support Service Division, inspected six accommodation establishments; namely, Pertible Beach Resort, Zhora’s Room Rental Food and Resort, Tondol White Beach Resort, S&C Resort and Villas, and Sarmiento Beach House.