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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. 
Basey 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.
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.  
New San Agustin
Old San Agustin
Demographics [ edit ]
Tourism [ edit ]
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  . Tourists buy these mats as souvenir items. Banig
References [ edit ]
^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013 . Retrieved . 15 May 2013
^ a b "Province: Samar (Western Samar)". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Archived from the original on 25 October 2007 . Retrieved . 15 May 2013
^ a b c "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Census of Population (2015): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). PSA . Retrieved . 20 June 2016
^ "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
^ "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Census of Population and Housing (2010): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). NSO . Retrieved . 29 June 2016
^ "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Census of Population (1995, 2000 and 2007): Total Population by Province, City and Municipality (Report). NSO. Archived from the original on 24 June 2011.
^ "Province of Samar (Western Samar)". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division . Retrieved . 17 December 2016
^ "Sohoton Caves, Basey, Samar". gerryruiz photoblog . Retrieved . 22 August 2013
External links [ edit ]
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