When Ma’am Bambi asked us to identify a topic or theme to focus on when we do our blogs I was torn between Creative Writing and Waray Literature for I love both. In the end, however, she helped me sort out things and I realized that Waray Literature would be the better option. She pointed out to me that there are actually a lot of blogs and websites out there dealing with creative writing but not so many on the latter.
Being a Waray myself, she further said that I am in a better position to write about ‘Waray stuff’ for I speak the language and know the culture so well. Besides with Waray Literature, I can still deal with creative writing in my subsequent posts.
Working on this topic, I can contribute to the efforts of concerned ‘Warays’ in retrieving and preserving our literature, language and culture. Furthermore, this blog will be an avenue for the Waray people to let the whole world know that the Eastern Visayas has its share of literary genius and that there is a body of Waray writings we call Waray Literature.
So why Waray Literature? Why not? Why learn about the literature of foreign countries without knowing ours by heart first. We ought to be proud of who we are and what we are which is mirrored in our own literary pieces. And the time to do so is now!