Dr. Wilmo C. Orejola is a medical doctor, a retired surgeon, inventor, and published
author. His literary works include innovative
scientific research articles published in peer-reviewed medical journals, a history book,
An Basaynon: A History of Basey, Samar
and Its People, a historical novel Ghosts of
the Insurrection, an epic poem A Mat Weaver’s Story: The
Legend of Bungansakit, and a dozen published short poems,
including the award-winning Ode to Galileo Galilei. Born and
raised in the Philippines’ Waray-speaking region, he resides in
New Jersey with his children, families, and grandchildren.
Learning Waray (wah-râi) is the most
current and comprehensive grammar and dictionary book written on the Leyte-Samar natives' fascinating language. A two-volume reference
book, the first volume is a learning introduction to the language’s
Austronesian origins and Spanish and English speakers’ influences whose words
became part of the lingua franca. The second volume, a Waray-English and
English-Waray Dictionary (Purulungan) supplements the essential know-how
providing common words to speak and write the language.
Most widely spoken
after Hiligaynon, Ilocano, Cebuano, and Tagalog, Waray is one of 187 native
languages and dialects in the Philippine archipelago, where English is a second language.
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