Mary Help of Christians Parish | Things to do in Basista-Pangasinan
|Open:||7:00 am to 12:00 nn, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Monday to Sunday|
|Address:||Poblacion, Basista, Pangasinan|
|Fee:||Open to the public|
Equipped with decades of woodshop experience, Federico Fernandez, 75, started his own furniture shop in the town on Malasiqui. His ten-year-old shop, Fer-Dez Furniture, produces sofa, chairs, tables, and single and double-deck beds made from locally-sourced trees of manga, acacia, mahogany, and gmelina. Their products are are consumed locally in Pangasinan and other provinces like Nueva Ecija, Cabanatuan City, and Ilocos. His son, currently, owns his own franchise of the business. Together, they have about 10 workers.
Seeing a kaing or bilao woven in front of you would make you think why it is a domestic product rather than a handicraft. The Philippines is blessed with many artisans and that include very skilled weavers. In Malasiqui, Pangasinan, Barangay Pasima is known to house bamboo-weavers. They make kaing (woven bamboo basket), bilao (woven bamboo tray), and drying beds. In Pasima, bamboo-weaving is a way of life. It is a family affair - the kids are assigned in weaving the basket’s base, while the mother finish the baskets. Kids aged eight start to help in weaving, while grandmothers also do their share of weaving. Seeing weavers work with bamboo sheets is almost magical as you understand how much effort and skills are needed to create a basket that would sell for only P10 to P12. Try weaving your own bamboo basket!
Fancying a brick house? Check out the town of Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan’s upcoming brick town. In the forefront of this realization is Loresco’s Bricks that started wayback 1983. It was the third brickmaker in town. Combining clay, soil, sand, and water, a carabao is used to step on the mixture to mash the ingredients together. After that, the mixture is poured manually on different kinds of molds. For sturdier “lario,” local term for brick, it is pressed. It is now ready for baking. Loresco’s Bricks commence with brick baking twice a year in a walk-in oven, made of layer upon layer of bricks. Still fancying a brick house? A 120 sqm bungalow house needs about 12,000 pieces of bricks for about P72,000 - that’s P6 for a single brick.
Where to stay
Strategically located at Malasiqui, Pangasinan, this hotel is a great choice for all types of travelers seeking comfortable accommodations. It has clean interiors, quality facilities, and amenities that guarantee a memorable stay.
Unwind and get close to nature at this resort in Calasiao, Pangasinan. This place invites you to take a breather away from the hustle and bustle of the city, while still offering you the basic amenities you need. Whether you’re looking for a new adventure, in a new town or a quiet respite from your busy schedule, this relaxing getaway has you covered.
Getting there and around
Poblacion, Basista, PangasinanGet directions