Crispín’s older brother, who is also training to be a sexton. When Crispín is dragged away, Basilio tries to find him unsuccessfully. Despite the town’s curfew, he runs home to his mother and spends the night there, telling her that the next day he will seek out Ibarra and ask if he can work for him instead of training to be a sexton. This never transpires, though, because the Civil Guard comes looking for him and his brother. Basilio escapes from this mother’s house and into the forest, where he lives with a kind family until Christmas Eve, when he goes looking for Sisa. Upon finding her, he discovers that she has gone crazy with grief and is unable to recognize him. He follows her back into the woods, where she eventually dies after finally understanding that he is her son.
The timeline below shows where the character Basilio appears in Noli Me Tangere. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 15: The Sextons
Chapter 16: Sisa
...purgatory, since “heaven is expensive” and the church won’t “save beloved souls for free”—Crispín and Basilio’s mother, Sisa, waits in the darkness for her boys. She is an impoverished and luckless... (full context)
Chapter 17: Basilio
Chapter 21: A Mother’s Tale
Chapter 24: In The Forest
Chapter 63: Christmas Eve