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"Basey" redirects here. For the Welsh footballer, see Grant Basey.
Bungtó han Basáy
Bird's eye view of Basey, Samar from Guintolian Hill
Bird's eye view of Basey, Samar from Guintolian Hill
Official seal of Basey
Map of Samar showing the location of Basey
Map of Samar showing the location of Basey
Basey is located in Philippines
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
 • Mayor Junji Ponferrada
 • 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 first-class municipality in the province of Samar, Philippines. According to the 2010 census of the National Statistics Office, it has a population of 50,423.[3] Basay is said to be the Leyte's capital during the American period. It is currently the record holder in the Guinness Book of World Records for the world's longest mat or banig.

On 8 November 2013, Basey was one of the places heavily devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan, leaving more than 200 people dead.


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".


Basey is politically subdivided into 52 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
  • San Fernando
  • Sawa
  • Serum
  • Sugca
  • Sugponon
  • Tinaogan
  • Tingib
  • Villa Aurora
  • Binongtu-an
  • Bulao


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]


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.


  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" (PDF). 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. 

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Davao Today
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 23:18:45 -0800

DAVAO CITY — More than 500 women from Basey, Samar who were affected by typhoon Yolanda appealed for livelihood support from various government agencies. In a unity statement crafted during their First Rural Summit, the women who came from 24 ...


Sat, 28 Nov 2015 02:41:15 -0800

Catarman, N. Samar - Two Philippine Army soldiers were killed, and three others were wounded in an ambush staged on an Army truck by suspected New Peoples Army guerrillas at the confluence of Barangays Socorro and Lagundi, Catbalogan City Friday ...
Journal Online
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 02:18:45 -0800

AFTER 17 years of hiding from authorities, Western Samar's most wanted person was finally arrested by joint elements of Northern Police District Special Operations Unit (NPD-DSOU) and Talalura Municipal Police Station Monday afternoon in Caloocan City.


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 ...


Tue, 03 Nov 2015 00:18:51 -0800

A priest stands before the altar of a badly damaged church in the town of Basey, Samar province, after Typhoon Haiyan hit the central Philippines in November 2013. (Photo by Vincent Go). Msgr. Ramon Aguilos, Leyte; Philippines; November 3, 2015.
Thu, 05 Nov 2015 07:10:07 -0800

Eduardo Duran of Basey, Samar, meanwhile, assailed the militarization in their farming community. On the part of fisherfolks, Mario Abelgas community leader from Tanauan, Leyte said after Yolanda, they faced the problem of having their boats destroyed.

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Bulatlat (blog)
Tue, 03 Nov 2015 19:19:19 -0800

Last month, militarization reportedly drove a community in Basey, Samar to evacuate. Dr. Bautista urged those gathered in their disaster survivors' conference to continue uniting and working for justice. She told Bulatlat.com they are expecting 10,000 ...


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 ...

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