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"Basey" redirects here. For the Welsh footballer, see Grant Basey.
Basey
Bungtó han Basáy
Municipality
Boat Samar Philippines.jpg
Map of Samar showing the location of Basey
Map of Samar showing the location of Basey
Basey is located in Philippines
Basey
Basey
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°17′N 125°04′E / 11.283°N 125.067°E / 11.283; 125.067Coordinates: 11°17′N 125°04′E / 11.283°N 125.067°E / 11.283; 125.067
Country  Philippines
Region Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)
Province Samar
Congr. district 2nd district of Samar
Founded 1591
Barangays 51
Government[1]
 • Mayor Junji Ponferrada
Area[2]
 • Total 513.01 km2 (198.07 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 50,423
 • Density 98/km2 (250/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6720
Dialing code 55
Income class 1st class; partially urban
Website www.basey.gov.ph

Basey is a municipality in the province of Samar, Philippines. According to the census of 2010, it had a population of 50,423.[3]

The town's name is pronounced "Basai" or "Basay", not "basÉY". This mispronunciation was propagated by American soldiers in the early days of the American colonial period. There is no "ey" sound in the Waray-Waray language. Basay is from the Waray word mabaisai, meaning "beautiful". Basay is said to be the Leyte's capital during the American period. It is the current record holder of the world's longest mat ("banig"), recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.[citation needed] On 8 November 2013, Basey was one of the places that was heavily damaged by super typhoon Yolanda, leaving 200 people dead.


Barangays[edit]

Basey is politically subdivided into 51 barangays.[2] In 1957, the sitio of Cancoral was converted into the barrio of Roxas.[4]

  • Amandayehan
  • Anglit
  • Bacubac
  • Baloog
  • Basiao
  • Buenavista
  • Burgos
  • Cambayan
  • Can-abay
  • Cancaiyas
  • Canmanila
  • Catadman
  • Cogon
  • Dolongan
  • Guintigui-an
  • Guirang
  • Balante
  • Iba
  • Inuntan
  • Loog
  • Mabini
  • Magallanes
  • Manlilinab
  • Del Pilar
  • May-it
  • Mongabong
  • New San Agustin
  • Nouvelas Occidental
  • Nouvelas Oriental
  • Old San Agustin
  • Panugmonon
  • Pelit
  • Baybay (Pob.)
  • Buscada (Pob.)
  • Lawa-an (Pob.)
  • Loyo (Pob.)
  • Mercado (Pob.)
  • Palaypay (Pob.)
  • Sulod (Pob.)
  • Roxas
  • Salvacion
  • San Antonio
  • Sawa
  • Serum
  • Sugca
  • Sugponon
  • Tinaogan
  • Tingib
  • Villa Aurora
  • Binongtu-an
  • Bulao

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Basey
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 39,137 —    
1995 40,114 +0.46%
2000 43,809 +1.91%
2007 48,389 +1.38%
2010 50,423 +1.51%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][5]

Tourism[edit]

The town of Basey is famous for its beautiful Sohoton Caves, whose inner chamber features stalactites, stalagmites, and an underground river.[6] The town is also known for artistically woven decorative mats called Banig. Tourists buy these mats as souvenir items.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: Samar (Western Samar)". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "An Act Converting the Sitio of Cancoral in the Municipality of Basey, Province of Samar, into Barrio of Roxas". LawPH.com. Retrieved 2011-04-12. 
  5. ^ "Province of Western Samar". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Sohoton Caves, Basey, Samar". gerryruiz photoblog. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 

External links[edit]


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