|Municipality of Basey|
Aerial view from Guintolian Hill
Map of Samar with Basey highlighted
|Coordinates: 11°16′54″N 125°04′06″E|
|Region||Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)|
|District||2nd district of Samar|
|Barangays||51 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Luz C. Ponferrada|
|• Vice Mayor||Honesto M. Zeta|
|• Congressman||Sharee Ann T. Tan|
|• Electorate||36,243 voters (2019)|
|• Total||513.01 km2 (198.07 sq mi)|
|• Density||110/km2 (280/sq mi)|
|• Income class||1st municipal income class|
|• Poverty incidence||36.59% (2015)|
|• Revenue (₱)||158,528,441.81 (2016)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)55|
|Climate type||tropical rainforest climate|
Basey is said to have been the Leyte's capital during the American period.
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 mabaysay, meaning "beautiful".
Basey is politically subdivided into 51 barangays. In 1957, the sitio of Cancoral was converted into the barrio of Roxas.
- Del Pilar
- New San Agustin
- Nouvelas Occidental
- Old San Agustin
- Baybay (Poblacion)
- Buscada (Poblacion)
- Lawa-an (Poblacion)
- Loyo (Poblacion)
- Mercado (Poblacion)
- Palaypay (Poblacion)
- Sulod (Poblacion)
- San Antonio
- San Fernando
- Villa Aurora
|Population census of Basey|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
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 Banig. Tourists buy these mats as souvenir items.
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