Basey fiesta set in Manila

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The beautiful belfry of St. Michael the Archangel Parish Church in Basey, Samar, one of the most well-preserved churches in the Island of Samar (Photo: Dr. Leo Javines Capeding)

MANILA, Sept. 26, 2016- Manila-based residents of Basey, Samar will gather as one community for the upcoming 95th Fiesta Celebration in honor of the town’s patron, St. Michael the Archangel.


Pronounced “basai” or “basay”, the town’s name is from a Binisaya word “mabaisai”, meaning “beautiful”.

Its town fiesta is held every Sept. 29 in Samar, but Basaynons in Manila will celebrate it this year on Oct. 8 at the Manila Hotel.

Organized by Basaynon Katig-uban, Inc (BKI), the celebration will commence with the Eucharistic celebration at 9:00 a.m., followed by festivities until 8:00 p.m. at the hotel’s Centennial Ballroom.

Active for Basey

Situated in the southern part of Samar Island and only 12 kilometers from the Samar side of the San Juanico Bridge, a bridge that connects Samar and Leyte, Basey was severely devastated by super typhoon Yolanda on Nov. 8, 2013.

One of the organizations which first responded after the typhoon and which remained active in rehabilitation efforts for Basey is BKI, under the leadership of its president Dr. Maria Rose Zeta-Capeding, a Filipina scientist known for her work on the first dengue vaccine.

Basey is also home to a centuries-old church situated on top of a hill which served as a watchtower during the Spanish era, the St. Michael the Archangel Parish Church, one of the most well-preserved churches in Samar. (Carl Jamie Simple S. Bordeos / CBCP News)

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