View from Basey

A friend told us he used to go, decades ago, to this Spanish-era watch tower on top of a hill in the town of Basey, Samar and was wondering whatever happened to it and how come it wasn’t being ‘preserved’ as an historical landmark of the municipality. Long story short – we hied off to Basey one Saturday (wasn’t it 1st weekend this month?) with no less than the Department of Tourism director in tow to see for ourselves what ever happened to the watch tower. As we went up the narrow trail on the hill, woa, were we stopped in our tracks, literally – by armalite-wielding fatigue-dressed guys! The place was now occupied by a military detachment! No pictures, please! So much for historical flashbacks.

Anyway, I managed to steal some photos (sorry, not of the watch tower) from atop the hill, towards the direction of Tacloban City – which used to be a part of Basey. Here’s the perspective from the mother town of Tacloban:


Dead center at the far horizon is Tacloban’s newest landmark – the Tacloban Convention Center.


17th Century Basey Church


This one I’m totally at a loss – I don’t know what it’s called but this is a very common type of wild grass which grows anywhere where there’s vacant space and at certain times of the year, blooms with its willowy plums of feather-like buntings which explode and get blown in the air to propagate and plant themselves in other areas. I asked several of my friends but nobody knows what it’s called. Hmm. Have to ask the elders…

Photo was taken at Rizal Avenue Extension, Tacloban City on the way to Basey that Saturday.

~ by gerryruiz on 18 October 2007.

4 Responses to “View from Basey”

  1. Nice shot of the church. Great angle and the building is a beauty.

  2. Thank you, Barbara. I have to be honest, though – I had to remove power wire eyesores overhead. This is most common when photographing landscapes and buildings, especially in the Philippines.

  3. Gerry, keep those picturesque shots coming…that makes me peek at this site more often… By the way, if I’m not mistaken, the wild grass that you’re referring to is “cogon” grass. I’ve seen lots of those wild grass while I was there.

    More power to you, Gerry!!!

  4. Thanks, Dhel! 🙂

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