Basey, Samar

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Basey
Municipality
Municipality of Basey
Aerial view from Guintolian Hill
Aerial view from Guintolian Hill
Official seal of Basey
Seal
Map of Samar with Basey highlighted
Map of Samar with Basey highlighted
Basey is located in Philippines
Basey
Basey
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 11°17′N 125°04′E / 11.28°N 125.07°E / 11.28; 125.07Coordinates: 11°17′N 125°04′E / 11.28°N 125.07°E / 11.28; 125.07
Country  Philippines
Region Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)
Province Samar
District 2nd district of Samar
Founded 1591
Barangays 51 (see Barangays)
Government[1]
 • Type Sangguniang Bayan
 • Mayor Junji Igmedio Ponferrada
 • Vice Mayor Ramon Lancanan
 • Electorate 31,643 voters (2016)
Area[2]
 • Total 513.01 km2 (198.07 sq mi)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 55,480
 • Density 110/km2 (280/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 6720
PSGC 086002000
IDD:area code +63 (0)55
Climate type tropical rainforest climate
Income class 1st municipal income class
Website elgu.ncc.gov.ph/ecommunity/basey-wsamar/

Basey, officially the Municipality of Basey, is a 1st class municipality in the province of Samar, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 55,480 people.[3]

Basey is said to have been the Leyte's capital during the American period.[citation needed]

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

Etymology[edit]

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".

Barangays[edit]

Basey is politically subdivided into 51 barangays. 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
  • 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.
1903 13,504 —    
1918 18,100 +1.97%
1939 28,296 +2.15%
1948 35,523 +2.56%
1960 29,680 −1.49%
1970 35,165 +1.71%
1975 37,890 +1.51%
1980 36,760 −0.60%
1990 39,137 +0.63%
1995 40,114 +0.46%
2000 43,809 +1.91%
2007 48,389 +1.38%
2010 50,423 +1.51%
2015 55,480 +1.84%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6][7]

Tourism[edit]

The town of Basey is famous for its beautiful Sohoton Caves, whose inner chamber features stalactites, stalagmites, and an underground river.[8] The town is also known for artistically woven decorative mats called Banig. Tourists buy these mats as souvenir items.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Province: Samar (Western Samar)". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Census of Population (2015). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "An Act Converting the Sitio of Cancoral in the Municipality of Basey, Province of Samar, into Barrio of Roxas". LawPH.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-20. Retrieved 2011-04-12. 
  5. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  6. ^ Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007). "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Total Population by Province, City and Municipality. NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011. 
  7. ^ "Province of Samar (Western Samar)". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "Sohoton Caves, Basey, Samar". gerryruiz photoblog. Retrieved 22 August 2013. 

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