Basey, Samar

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Basey
Municipality
Bird's eye view of Basey, Samar from Guintolian Hill
Bird's eye view of Basey, Samar from Guintolian Hill
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
District 2nd district of Samar
Founded 1591
Barangays 51
Government[1]
 • Mayor Junji Igmedio Ponferrada
 • Vice Mayor Ramon Lancanan
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
IDD:area code +63 (0)55
Income class 1st municipal income class
PSGC 086002000
Electorate 31,643 voters as of 2016
Website elgu.ncc.gov.ph/ecommunity/basey-wsamar/

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 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.[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
  • 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%
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. ^ "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  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. ^ "Region VIII (Eastern Visayas)". Census of Population and Housing (2010): Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay (Report). NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  6. ^ "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. 
  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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