During periods of crises, when a government is fighting for its survival, necessity sometimes demand that it moves its seal of power from place to place.
To most Pangasinanses, Lingayen has always been the capital town of the province. The contrary is also true.
Pangasinan, as a province, antedates the Spanish conquest, Long before Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese navigator who discovered the
Ling Ah Yen
In fact, in years 628-636 A.D., in the course of the trade and diplomatic relations between
Lingayen, the cradle of Chinese culture in Pangasinan, which gave the province six Governors of Chinese extraction (Sison, Antonio Sison, Teofilo Sison, Servillano Sim dela Cruz, Sofronio Quimson and Francisco Quimson Duque) rose to prominence as the province leading community since the days of Ling Ah Yen.
Thus, when the Spanish colonial authorities organized Pangasinan into an alcaldia, to be governed by a Spanish alcalde mayor from 1580 to 1898, Lingayen was made the capital town.