Bungtó han Basáy
Map of Samar showing the location of Basey
|Region||Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)|
|Congr. district||2nd district of Samar|
|• Mayor||Junji Ponferrada|
|• Total||513.01 km2 (198.07 sq mi)|
|• Density||98/km2 (250/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Income class||1st class; partially urban|
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.
- 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.
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- Philippine Standard Geographic Code
- Philippine Census Information
- Local Governance Performance Management System
- More photos and information on Basey Municipality
||Pinabacdao||Borongan, Eastern Samar|
|Santa Rita||Maydolong, Eastern Samar
Balangkayan, Eastern Samar
|Tacloban / San Juanico Strait||San Pedro Bay / Marabut|