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"Basey" redirects here. For the Welsh footballer, see Grant Basey.
Basey
Bungtó han Basáy
Municipality
Boat Samar Philippines.jpg
Official seal of Basey
Seal
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.

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.[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 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

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" (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. 

External links[edit]


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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 ...
 
The Manila Times
Thu, 21 May 2015 07:13:03 -0700

... of education, health and nutrition, water and sanitation, disaster risk reduction, and industry development or livelihood. The program will focus on communities located in Jaro, Leyte; Basey, Samar; Salcedo, Eastern Samar and Sogod in Southern Leyte.

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Rappler
Mon, 18 May 2015 18:52:30 -0700

The same thing with the crops – the bananas, cassava and sweet potatoes – we rely on these for food and they were all gone,” narrated Leonila Garen, 30, a resident of Mabini village in Basey, Samar province. A mother of five, Leonila recalls how ...
 
Philippine Information Agency
Thu, 30 Apr 2015 00:53:50 -0700

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, April 30(PIA) –More than a thousand pregnant, lactating mothers and childbearing-age women in the Municipality of Basey, Samar availed of the 3rd Community Health Fair at Basey Municipal Gym recently. The project dubbed as ...
 
Philippine Information Agency
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 23:45:00 -0700

... Gynecological Institution (POGS) of Eastern Visayas, one general physician, one pediatrician and 15 volunteer-nurses provided maternal health education, medical consultation, medicines, mother's kits, urinalysis and ultrasound services in Basey, Samar.

Mission Network News

Mission Network News
Mon, 04 May 2015 20:56:15 -0700

Victims learned coping mechanisms and a debriefing process to better understand the symptoms and effects of trauma. Reymond has also found some solace in leaving Tacloban City. He now lives with a brother and a nephew in Basey, Samar, where he ...
 
Philippine Information Agency
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 02:00:00 -0700

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, April 24 (PIA) –The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) Regional Office 8 recently recognized top performing local government units and their hospitals for their successful contribution in the implementation of ...
 
Manila Standard Today
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 08:56:15 -0700

Some of the natural attractions getting good reviews in the region include the Sambawan Island in Biliran; Sohoton National Park in Basey, Samar; Macrohon Fish Sanctuary and many dive sites in Southern Leyte; Biri Rock Formation in Northern Samar; ...
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