"Basey" redirects here. For the Welsh footballer, see Grant Basey
Basey is a municipality in the province of Samar, Philippines. According to the census of 2010, it had a population of 50,423.
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.
Historically Basey was named for Elizamond Basye. Edmond Basye and John Basye were attorneys and overseers of roads in two Virginia counties. Elizamond Basye, the third brother, returned to England and joined the crew of a pirate named "Dampier" sometime between 1685-1700. They traveled to the present-day Philippine Islands, where he was abandoned by Dampier, along with the rest of the crew. He ran away with the daughter of a Malayan prince to the island of Samar, and settled there at the southern tip of the island. Today, there is a town at that location named Basey.
It is the current record holder of the world's longest mat ("banig"), recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. On 8 November 2013, Basey was one of the places that was heavily damaged by super typhoon Yolanda, leaving 200 people dead.
Basey is politically subdivided into 52 barangays. In 1957, the sitio of Cancoral was converted into the barrio of Roxas.
- Del Pilar
- New San Agustin
- Nouvelas Occidental
- Nouvelas Oriental
- Old San Agustin
- Baybay (Pob.)
- Buscada (Pob.)
- Lawa-an (Pob.)
- Loyo (Pob.)
- Mercado (Pob.)
- Palaypay (Pob.)
- Sulod (Pob.)
- San Antonio
- San Fernando
- Villa Aurora
|Population census of Basey
|Source: National Statistics Office
The town of Basey is famous for its beautiful Sohoton Caves, whose inner chamber features stalactites, stalagmites, and an underground river. The town is also known for artistically woven decorative mats called Banig. Tourists buy these mats as souvenir items.
Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:07:30 -0700
BASEY, Samar -- A police officer died Monday when he was shot during a scuffle that broke out during the arrest in Marabut town, Samar of a murder suspect tagged as the “most wanted person” in Quinapondan, Eastern Samar. Police Officer 1 Romeo Philip ...
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 05:50:07 -0700
Siony Gacutno, aged 9, a Grade 3 student, spends her summer vacation weaving mats to help her mother boost the household income in Brgy Basiao, Basey Samar. Photographed by Lottie Salarda, InterAksyon.com ...
Sun, 12 Jul 2015 10:26:15 -0700
The church, with its bells, is a kindly, old structure that has served the people of Basey, Samar, since 1591. The church was built by Jesuit missionaries who were parish priests there until 1768 when their order was suppressed by Rome. Samar and Leyte ...
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 01:29:37 -0700
... Prince of the United Arab Emirates and Emirates Red Crescent chairman Dr. Hamdan Al Mazrouei cut the ribbon during the turnover of school buildings at the Basey 1 Central Elementary School in Basey, Samar. (photo by Ricky Bautista, InterAksyon.com) ...
Sat, 01 Nov 2014 06:43:45 -0700
Basey, Samar — It was on September 1981 when Guillermo Jacobe the son of Illuminada, 77 and Francisco Jacobe, 92, died of intestinal complications after being hospitalized for three days at Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center. Guillermo's remains ...
Thu, 07 May 2015 02:02:33 -0700
During the pre-trial on the case for violation of Republic 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act against Elpidio Romanca, a peasant from Barangay (village) Mabini in Basey, Samar, Judge Sabarre asked Prosecutor Carmelita ...
Sat, 30 Nov 2013 08:27:59 -0800
A WALL of water destroyed areas in the business district of Basey up to 100 meters from the shoreline. Houses and business establishments lay in ruins. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS. Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: “Haiyan”) made landfall in ...
Thu, 14 Nov 2013 06:30:34 -0800
The coastal barangay of San Antonio in Basey, Samar was reduced to rubble after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) battered the area last Friday. From the coast, heaps of debris can be seen littering the town. Out of the estimated thousand houses in the ...
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