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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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170 news items


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 ...
Manila Bulletin
Thu, 10 Sep 2015 18:41:15 -0700

These projects are P35.34 million Maytigbao-Balogo road in Balangkayan, Eastern Samar; P15.94 million Lapgap-Guidalitan road in Maydolong, Eastern Samar; PHP77.62 million Cogon-Mabini road in Basey, Samar; P20.27 million Dau-San Eduardo road ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Sat, 04 Jan 2014 21:03:45 -0800

BASEY, Samar - A devastating typhoon that killed thousands of people in the Philippines has unexpectedly given young traffic accident victim Mario Renos hope that he could one day walk again. Hit by a motorcycle while walking to school months before ...
GMA News
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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