Basey’s Banig Festival 2008
The Municipality of Basey, Samar – formerly the mother-town to which Tacloban City once belonged ages ago – celebrated its town fiesta last September 28 & 29, 2009 with the Banig Festival Parade and Curacha Competition.
The popular Philippine banig mats, the local mat made of tikog – a grass reed variety – are made only in Basey. These popular banig mats are further made into baskets and other handicrafts which find their way to classy shopping centers not only in Metro-Manila but in other fashion capitals of the world as well.
We motored to the rustic town of Basey in Samar across the San Juanico Strait, a 45 minute drive from Tacloban City via the San Juanico Bridge, and witnessed the countryside celebration.
St. Michael the Archangel Church, Basey, Samar
Scenes from the Banig Festival Parade…
The longest banig is unfurled, hoping to land a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records…
The Mabaysays or Beauties of Basey ’08…
Curacha Dance Competition
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