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Get to know the Waray. You’ll simply love them!
About the Waray People
Waray is the language of the people of the entire province of Samar and Eastern and Northern Leyte (people from Western and Southern Leyte speak Cebuano). It is one of the eight major languages of the Philippines and its roots can be traced to the Malayo-Polynesian family. (Vilches, 1982, 59)
The Waray language is shared by the fun-loving and carefree natives inhabiting the sister islands of Leyte and Samar who are also called the Warays. The geographical proximity of these two provinces, although divided by the whirlpool-pervaded San Juanico Strait and linked now by the Marcos Bridge, may account for the cultural bond that exists among the natives.
The Warays have the reputation of being tough but actually they are gentle and fun-loving too. They can even be sentimental at times.
This video shows how the rest of the Filipinos see the Waray people.
Belinda is a teacher who believes that her job is to build people and help others bring out the best in them. She teaches English at the Secondary Laboratory School and serves as a part-time lecturer at the Graduate School of the Eastern Visayas State University, Tacloban City, Leyte. Her Master’s Thesis entitled “Consorcia Z. Palejaro’s Cadena de Amor: A Critical Analysis” is her first humble work and contribution in the retrieval and preservation of Waray Literature and the Waray language.
She is a quiet person who loves to read for she considers herself a learner for life. She prefers a quiet evening at home, curled up in bed with an interesting book than a night out with friends. Though she might strike others as introvert, she gets along well with others and most of her friends come to her when they need an ear to listen to them and a shoulder to cry on. She is a free spirit who has this flickering passion for writing.
She is happiest when she is with her children, Michael Joshua and Mahalaleel Jan.
About my Blog
My Blog entitled “Siyempre Waray” showcases the literature and culture of the people of Leyte and Samar. It will serve as my avenue in telling the whole world that the Waray people do have their share of literary genius. Through it, I also intend to encourage the Waray youth to write original literary pieces to enrich this body of writing.
I chose to have this theme for my blog so I can contribute to the effort of the Waray to preserve their language, literature and culture.
My graduate professors, Dr. Nenita G. Tamayo (a UP alumna) and Dr. David Genotiva (a former UP professor) serve as my inspiration in this endeavor.
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